Pet Poison Prevention in Your Yard

pet poison preventionSpring may seem far off in the distance, but spring will eventually spring! Many of us are wistfully thinking about spring planting and readying our yards for the new season. With more outdoor activity imminent for us and for our pets, we wanted to shed some light on how to protect your pet from potential poisoning in your yard.

It’s amazing (and somewhat scary) how many potential poisons are in yards and gardens. Without further ado, let’s get to the nitty gritty of pet poison prevention in your yard.

Signs of Pet Poisoning

First, the basics. Signs of poisoning in pets can be subtle at first, and may mimic signs that are seen with other diseases. Some indicators of toxicity in pets may not be seen for days after a poison is ingested, but poisons can act fast, so it’s important that you act fast, too.

If you know your pet ingested a potential poison, don’t wait to get them to the veterinarian for assessment. If you are unsure, it’s never wrong to call us to seek advice. Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital is here 24/7 for you and your pet!

Some common signs of pet poisoning are:

  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Pale gums
  • Panting
  • Racing heart
  • Muscle tremors
  • Weakness or collapse
  • Seizures

Pet Poison Prevention in Your Yard

Potential poisons in your yard range from plants and flowers, to fertilizers and chemicals used for yard work and gardening. Here are some of the most common culprits and a few ways to prevent the unthinkable:

Fertilizers – Ingredients in fertilizers, such as bone meal and blood meal, can be attractive to dogs. Although great in organic fertilizers, these ingredients can cause problems, such as pancreatitis, iron toxicity, and even gastrointestinal obstruction resulting in emergency surgery. Keep containers tightly sealed and out of reach of curious mouths, and make sure you know what ingredients are in your fertilizer.

Mushrooms – Mushrooms found in wooded areas can be severely toxic to dogs and even deadly. Make sure to remove mushrooms if you can, or restrict access to those areas where mushrooms grow.

Slug and snail bait and rat poison – The ingredients in these products can be very dangerous to your pet, so it may be best to avoid using them at all.

Compost bins and piles – Because of the decaying organic material found in compost piles, mycotoxins, which are toxic to pets and wildlife, may be present. Keep these fenced off for pet and wildlife safety.

Plants and flowers – Some plants and flowers in your yard and garden could be poisonous to your pets. Avoid putting these in, or restrict access if you have these plants present in your yard:

  • Oleander
  • Autumn crocus
  • Azalea
  • Cyclamen
  • Lilies
  • Daffodils
  • Sago palm
  • Tulips
  • Hyacinth

This is not a complete list, so check out the poisonous plants list from the ASPCA as well.

Hopefully, you are now armed and ready for spring with information about pet poison prevention. We hope you are also ready to recognize the signs of poisoning if it occurs. Again, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us!