Protect pets in the garden 

Author: Echo News Property News

The advent of warmer weather and new growth in Spring has many of us chaffing to get back out into the garden and balcony or even just re-pot indoor plants.

Before trekking to the nearest nursery for new plants, however, take a moment to check that they won’t be harmful to pets who share your space.

Just as with young children, the best way to keep your four-legged friends out of trouble is by removing anything that might cause them harm. Normally, we might remember to keep dogs away from the chocolate stash or plastic that could get stuck in throats, but there are quite a few common plants that are poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Here are some plants to remove, avoid or keep pets well away from:

- Peace Lilies are poison to cats, as are Bleeding Heart and the Easter Lily.

- Oleanders, yews and begonias make great landscape plants, unless you're a really inquisitive pet who chews on everything. These plants can be dangerous, even deadly to animals.

- All parts of Azalea, laurels and Rhododendron plants are considered moderately to extremely toxic.

- Many bulbs, such as hyacinth, narcissus and daffodil, are very toxic. (Tulips are less so.)

- The berries of Daphne, Jasmine, Lantana and Mistletoe are extremely toxic.

- Seed pods of Black bean, Wisteria may cause mild to severe gastrointestinal reactions.

- The leaves of Rhubarb, Nettles and Foxglove are highly toxic.

- Popular indoor plants such as Dieffenbachia, Elephant Ear, Pathos (Devil’s Ivy), Snake Plant ( Mother in Laws Tongue) are all toxic to both animals and humans, despite being recognised as air-purifying.

The best way to keep your pet safe is to be proactive and prevent it from chewing on the wrong things or getting into a potentially harmful situation. If you want to keep some of these plants around, simply make sure they are out of reach – it can be as easy as that.