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Pretty But Deadly

Now that warmer weather is finally approaching, gardeners will soon be out planting. It is our responsibility as pet owners to be aware of some common poisonous plants that will be in full bloom this summer.

lilies Lilies – depending on the kind, can cause reactions as minor as drooling or as major as kidney failure
Oleander Oleander – can cause vomiting, a drop in heart rate and death
daffodils Daffodils – can have a variety of effects from drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea to cardiac and respiratory problems
Lily of the Valley Lily of the Valley – you will see vomiting, diarrhea, a drop in heart rate and even seizures

These are only a few examples of what to look out for. It’s best to play it safe and avoid allowing your dog to explore any gardens or areas with unknown plants. If your dog shows any of these symptoms after a trek outside, take them to the vet immediately.

If you’re looking for weed control, there is an all-natural and non-toxic method that is safe for animals. Simply spraying vinegar where you want to eliminate weeds can do the trick. However, do not put it in areas where you want flowers to grow as it will kill anything it comes into contact with. It is best to use on a dry, sunny day when rain is not expected for 24 hours. Adding a teaspoon of dish soap or salt to the vinegar can help, and you may need to use more than one treatment for complete elimination of weeds.

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