Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Keeping Your Pets Safe This Summer

My husband can be romantic... when he wants to be, and the day he came with a beautiful bunch of flowers with three gorgeous Lilly's poking out the top, I was thrilled.  It was not long after we got our cat, Monty, and he immediately stuck his nose in for a good poke around.  Now, they say curiosity killed the cat and in this instance that saying was so very nearly true.  I came downstairs the next morning to find the bladdy cat had nibbled away at my gorgeous flowers.  After a tantrum from me (can't I have ANYTHING now!?), I noticed that Monty was looking under the weather; his nose had gone pale, he was listless and he begun to heave and wail.

We rushed him to the vet who asked us if he'd eaten anything suspect... the flowers.  Damn.

Little did we know that Lilly's are highly poisonous to cats and in this instance we were very, very lucky that our little cat wasn't one of the 10% of cats who eat this stuff that die every year- my highly paranoid self saved our cat, but had we have left it a bit longer it'd have been bye bye kitty.  We didn't have insurance either, so it was bye bye £2000.  Ouch all round.

The furry friends we'll be protecting from poisons in our garden


Charlie Dimmocks Dangerous Garden for Pets
Charlie Dimmocks Dangerous Garden for Pets
We learnt our lesson; not only do all three of our pets have insurance, but we learnt what we can and can't have in our garden and house.  As we head into the summer, our furry friends will be spending more time outside just as flowers and plants begin to bloom and it's important we know what's what. MORE TH>N have launched their Pet Safe Campaign, raising awareness of the issue of cats and dogs being poisoned by common household plants and flowers, with Charlie Dimmock designing the worlds most dangerous garden to cats and dogs to highlight the dangers.  Surprisingly, it's not the exotic you'll find here.  Think the humble daff, the glorious tulip and the beautiful hydrangea, plants even the most novice of gardeners can keep.  And mind your veg patch; tomatoes, onions and garlic are all highly toxic to cats and dogs.  A full list can be found below- keep this to hand this summer and if you see your pet in distress and one of these culprits is near by, call your vet, pronto.

As we come to do our own garden, that right now is just a large square of grass, I've turned to the campaign to decide what, and more importantly what not to plant.  Even with all this knowledge, you should still teach your animals not to eat plants (as far as you can - have you ever tried to train a cat?).  You can't stop others planting these and you may already have them in your garden yourself.  MORE TH<N have simply worked to make everyone aware of what can harm your pets and how to spot the signs they've been poisoned.  They're also directly campaigning for plant producers, manufacturers of garden products and retailers to provide clearer labeling to help pet owners easily identify if items are safe or harmful to cats and dog.  For more information on the campaign petition visit www.morethan.com/pet-insurance/news/most-poisonous-garden.

Pet owners can also win free pet friendly flower seeds via MORE TH>N’s social channels on Facebook and Twitter so head on over.

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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



*Collaborative post with MORE TH>N Pet Insurance
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