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Creating a Pet Safe Garden

Creating a Pet Safe Garden

Whether you regularly produce award winning crops or you’re starting your first garden, it’s important to know which plants to avoid for the safety of your dog. It can be easy to think “If it’s good for me, then it’s good for my dog”, but that is not the case. Below is a list of plants you should avoid.

  • Cherry – While the meat of a cherry is safe for dogs, the skin, pit and stem are not. The stem and the pit contain cyanide. If cyanide is ingested in large enough quantities your dog could experience trouble breathing, red gums, and dilated pupils.

  • Black Walnut – If you and your dog walk past a walnut tree, be sure they do not ingest an old moldy walnut off the ground. These have the potential to cause dogs to develop tremors and seizures.

  • Calamondin Orange & Grapefruit – The calamondin orange and other citrus trees produce limonene and linalool, toxic substances to dogs. Your dog could experience cold limbs, diarrhea, lethargy, tremors if poisoned from citrus fruits.

  • Chives & Garlic – Toxic doses of chives and garlic can cause damage to the red blood cells, leading to anemia. Nausea, drooling, vomiting can also occur.

Please visit the ASPCA website for a more in depth list of plants your canines should avoid.

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