Spring has sprung in Anderson, South Carolina and with it comes a flurry of outdoor
activity. We are all anxious to get outside in the beautiful sunshine and chase away the gloominess of winter.
Our gardens are often a haven for us- a place to grow fresh food, relax and unwind, or entertain
friends. They can be deadly however to animals. Lilies, Ivy and Sago Palm are just some of the plants
that are toxic to animals. Onion and Garlic are two of the vegetables that pets should not consume, as
well as grapes, raisins, lemons and grapefruit for fruit. Vegetables that are safe and can be used as
healthy treats are green beans, sweet potato and cucumber. A few of the safe and healthy fruits
are apple, pear, and orange. You can search lists safe and harmful fruits and vegetables though www.trupanion.com and
check out this great article Making Your Garden Pet Safe.
Many people like to plant herbs as well. A few of the pet friendly herbs you may want to consider are
chamomile, lemon balm and parsley. Fertilizers, Mulches, Insecticides, and weed killers can all be deadly to pets as well.
An often overlooked source of poisoning is rat poison. Most pet owners are careful to keep rat poison away from
their pets, but a squirrel, rat or mouse will ingest the poison and then will become prey to a cat or dog.
As these are common to use near gardens for pest control, make sure they are out of reach of your
companions. One of the most deadly types of mulch to stay away from is Cocoa Mulch. Although it is
beautiful and lets off a wonderful fragrance it is toxic!
If you think your pet has ingested something toxic, there is a very short window of opportunity
that the doctors and staff here at Electric City Animal Clinic can work with. Call us right away- as soon as
you suspect the problem.
Gardening should be fun and can be a whole family activity.
Have fun and stay safe!
Your Friends at Electric City Animal Clinic