HIDDEN GARDEN DANGERS FOR CATS AND DOGS




78% of British gardens contain plants that are toxic to cats and

dogs.

One in three pet owners (31%) admit they have no idea if the plants

and flowers in their gardens are toxic to pets.

Charlie Dimmock supports MORE TH>N Pet Safe campaign with launch of

the world’s most dangerous garden to cats and dogs.


Millions of British gardens are potential death traps to cats and dogs.

That’s according to new findings from MORE TH>N, which reveals that over

three quarters (78%) of the nation’s gardens contain plants that are toxic

to our furry friends[1].


With four in every five household gardens containing toxic plants, it’s no

surprise that almost 10% of cats and dogs have ingested poisonous plants or

flowers. Of those, 43% subsequently needed urgent veterinary care, while 15%

sadly passed away[2].



Furthermore, according to the research, the most dangerous gardens are to be

found in London and the South East (83%), followed by Wales (80%), the South

West (79%), East Anglia (78%) and the West Midlands (77%).


Despite the clear and present dangers, there is a widespread ignorance of

the perils gardens pose to animals, with one in every three pet owners (31%)

admitting they have no idea if the plants and flowers in their gardens are

toxic. The same number were unaware that plants could be poisonous to pets,

while 71% of all pet owners cannot identify any of the symptoms of poisoning

in their cat or dog.


The findings come as MORE TH>N launches a new Pet Safe campaign to raise

awareness of the issue of cats and dogs being poisoned by common household

plants and flowers – particularly timely given that pets are likely to spend

more time outdoors over the next few months due to improving weather.


To kick start the campaign, MORE TH>N has commission RHS Gold medal winner,

Ian Drummond to create the world’s most dangerous garden to cats and dogs.

Launched at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London at the beginning of

June, the garden will be taken to different locations throughout the capital


by the charity Core Landscapes.


Far from being rare and exotic botanical specimens, all of the plants and

flowers can be found in any home garden, public park or horticultural centre

in Britain. A few of the plants on show include: Begonia, Buxus Pyramiden,

Chrysanthemum, Clematis, Cordyline, Daisy, Dahlia, Elderberry, Foxglove,

Grape plant, Hydrangea, Hedera Ivy, Lilies (variety), Cherry Laurel,

Marigold, Nerium Oleander, Paeonia mix, Papaver Poppy, Tomato plant and

Wisteria.


According to vet and consultant on the garden, Robert White-Adams, “As a

nation of animal lovers we’ll do anything to not put our pets at harm. What

this campaign reveals is the hidden dangers many of us wouldn’t even be

aware of. Each plant has been chosen to show just how many common varieties

can make our pets ill, or worse still, die if not treated immediately by a

vet.”


In addition to raising general awareness of this issue, MORE TH>N is

directly campaigning for plant producers, manufacturers of garden products

and retailers to provide clearer labelling to help pet owners easily

identify if items are safe or harmful to cats and dogs – something that 86%

of cat and dog owners would like to see. For more information on the

campaign petition please visit

www.morethan.com/pet-insurance/news/most-poisonous-garden.


John Ellenger, Head of Pet Insurance at MORE TH>N, commented: “The MORE TH>N

Pet Safe Campaign allows us to raise awareness of the dangers of plants that

are poisonous to cats and dogs in an imaginative and memorable way. However,

our new campaign is also about taking direct and immediate action – by both

urging suppliers and retailers of garden plants and flowers to provide clear

‘pet safe’ labelling, while also better educating pet owners on the issue.


“Through this campaign we’ll be arming pet owners with the practical advice

and information they need to identify safe and dangerous plants, to

recognise the symptoms of poisoning – and what to do in that eventuality –

and above all to reduce the likelihood of their beloved pets becoming ill in

the first place.”


Pet owners can also win free pet friendly flower seeds via MORE TH>N’s

social channels; www.facebook.com/morethan and www.twitter.com/morethan.




About MORE TH>N

MORE TH>N is the direct financial services arm of RSA. Established in 2001,

the company offers car, home, pet, business and travel insurance.


About Core Landscapes

Core Landscapes is a community based horticultural project … that can move!

It works to transform otherwise unused temporary ‘meanwhile’ sites into

vibrant, active, spaces for local community wellbeing. Areas include our

well-stocked plant nursery, opportunities for local vegetable growing,

education and training, up-cycling and events. All its growing is container

based cleverly designed to withstand moves. Even our huge poly tunnel is

designed within a movable framework. The project is anchored around this

capacity to propagate plants creating a lovely community plant nursery

sourcing other horticultural community initiatives.






Summary common toxic plant lists to avoid in the garden:


PLANT NAME


POISONOUS FOR CATS


POISONOUS FOR DOGS


ALOE VERA








AMARYLLIS (BULBS)








ANGELS TRUMPET (BRUGMANSIA)








APPLE (SEEDS)








APRICOTS (KERNELS)








ASPARAGUS FERN








AVOCADO (FRUIT, PITH, LEAVES)








AZALEA (ALL PARTS)


Rare





BABY’S BREATH






BEGONIA






BIRD OF PARADISE (PODS)






BISHOP’S WEED






BLEEDING HEART (DICENTRA FORMOSA)






BLUEBELL






BUXUS / BOX (ALL PARTS, MOSTLY LEAVES)






CARNATION






CLEMATIS (ALL PARTS)






CORDYLINE (GRASS PALM)






CROCUS (ALL)






CHRYSANTHEMUM (ALL PARTS)






CYCLAMEN (FOLIAGE, FLOWERS, STEMS)






DAFFODIL (ALL PARTS)






DAISY






DAHLIA






DAPHNE (BERRIES, BARK, LEAVES)






DEADLY NIGHTSHADE






DELPHINIUM (ALL PARTS ESPECIALLY THE SPROUTS)






ELEPHANTS EARS (LEAVES, STEMS, ROOTS)






ELDERBERRY (LEAVES, BARK, ROOTS AND BUDS)






EUCALYPTUS (ALL PARTS)






FOXGLOVE / DIGITALIS (LEAVES, STEMS, FLOWERS, SEEDS)






GARLIC






GARDENIA






GERANIUM (ALL PARTS)






GLADIOLA (BULBS)






GRAPE PLANT/VINE


N/a



HELLEBORE






HIBISCUS






HOLLY (LEAVES, BERRIES & STEMS)




Rare

HOSTA


Rare



HYACINTH (BULBS, LEAVES, FLOWERS)






HYDRANGEA (ALL PARTS)






IRIS (BULBS)






IVY (ALL SPECIES – LEAVES, BERRIES)


Rare



JAPANESE YEW (NEEDLES, SEEDS, BARK)


Rare



LABURNUM (LEAVES AND SEEDS)






LARKSPUR (ALL PARTS)






LILLIES (ALL PARTS)




N/a

LIME






LILY OF THE VALLEY (ALL PARTS)






LEOPARD LILY


N/a



LOBELIA






LUPIN (ALL PARTS)


Rare

Rare

MALLOW






MARIGOLD (NEW LEAVES, STEMS)






MISTLETOE






MONKSHOOD/ ACONITE (ROOTS, FOLIAGE, SEEDS)






MORNING GLORY (ALL PARTS)






NARCISSUS (ALL PARTS) (DAFFODIL)






OAK - ACORNS (ALL PARTS)








OLEANDER (ALL PARTS)






ONION (ALL PARTS)






PERIWINKLE (ALL PARTS)






PEONY (FOLIAGE, FLOWERS)






PHILODENDRON (LEAVES, STEMS, ROOTS)






PINKS






POINSETTIA





PRIMROSE (ALL PARTS)






PRIVET






PRUNUS ROTUNDIFOLIA LAUREL






POPPY (ALL PARTS)






POTATO (SPROUTS, VINES, UNRIPE TUBERS)


N/a



PRIVET






RANUNCULUS (BUTTERCUP)






RAGWORT (ALL PARTS ABOVE GROUND)






RHODODENDRON (LEAVES)





RHUBARB LEAVES






SNOWDROPS (ALL PARTS)






SWEET PEA (ALL PARTS)






SWEET WILLIAM






TOBACCO PLANT






TOMATO PLANT (FOLIAGE, VINES, GREEN FRUIT)






TULIP (BULBS)






VERBENA (FOLIAGE AND FLOWERS)






WEEPING FIG (INDIAN RUBBER)






WILD CHERRY TREE






WISTERIA (SEEDS AND PODS)






YARROW






YEW






YUCCA






*It is recommended you consult your vet immediately if you see signs of

distress in you animal.





It’s not just plants and flowers you need to consider when planning a safe

garden for your cat or dog, the following can also prove hazardous:


ACORNS AND CONKERS: Toxic if eaten.


ALGAE: Toxic freshwater algae (usually blue-green in colour, but

sometimes colourless) has been known to poison animals.



BEE AND WASP STINGS: These can be especially problematic if they

sting inside the mouth.



COCOA MULCH: Made of cocoa bean shell – a by-product of the

chocolate industry – and like chocolate can be harmful if eaten by dogs.




FERTILISER, INSECTICIDES AND PESTICIDES: If consumed, fertiliser can

give your cat or dog a stomach upset and may result in life-threatening

gastrointestinal obstruction. Read instructions carefully and make sure you

allow an appropriate time from use before allowing your animal in the

garden.


GARDEN TOOLS: Unattended garden tools may seem like no big deal, but

rakes, tillers, hoes and trowels can be hazardous to pets and cause trauma

to paws, noses or other parts of a curious pet’s body.


Contact your vet immediately if you think your pet has eaten any toxic

plants, flowers, or in fact any toxic items or substances. Take along

samples of the plant to the vet - or preferably any identification label,

tag or pot information you may still have for the plant that has been eaten.


General symptoms of poisoning:

· Oral or skin irritation

· Upset stomach / Vomiting / Diarrhoea

· Weakness

· Rapid breathing

· Fever

· Drooling

· Coma

· Heart failure

· Excitability or lethargy

· Tremors / Seizures / Fitting

· Increased Thirst

· Dilated Pupils

· Dizziness / Loss of Balance

· Disorientation


We have dogs and cats and they love the garden so the most important thing to us is to make sure they are safe in the garden.

One problem we have is Bolt loves to chase bees and wasps even though he has been stung so many times there really is no stopping him,in the photo above that is him trying to catch a bee.Belinda is not so interested in all that.

We used to have mint growing in the garden but Belinda and Bolt used to munch on it as often as they could,it never did them any harm but still I moved it to a higher plant bed.



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