Gardening Hazards for Pets
With spring approaching, we will all be spending more time outside with our pets. We need to be aware of outdoor toxins and hazards to keep our pets safe. Here are some of the more common ones in the Northwest:
Slug bait: Contains metaldehyde and can cause weakness, trembling, seizures and life threatening hyperthermia in dogs or cats if they consume it.
Fertilizers, herbicides: Check the label for warnings or instructions before using these products where pets are present. Remove all food and water bowls before spraying, and do not replace them or allow animals into the area until fully dry.
Compost: May contain bacteria that can cause life-threatening infections if consumed. Block all compost areas from pet access.
Cocoa mulch: May have enough chocolate beans in it to be similar to chocolate ingestion. It also smells and tastes good, so dogs will often eat it readily.
Flowers: For example, crocuses may cause GI upset with vomiting and diarrhea, sometimes with blood. Lilies are particularly toxic to cats and cause kidney failure.
Grapes: For dogs that live on or visit wineries, grapes can be toxic to the kidneys.
Cannabis plants: With marijuana newly legalized, ingestion of leaves or stems can cause serious illness with depression, coma or death.
If your pet has contact with any of these items, contact your local veterinarian or poison control hotline immediately to determine the best course of action. Be safe, and have a fun spring and summer!
Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic
9275 SW Barber St, Wilsonville, OR 97070