According to the calendar, spring is here. In my neck of the woods, that appears true, as we've enjoyed temperatures in the high 60s and low 70s the past several days. Daffodils, tulips, and crocus burst forth in early spring, and people are getting the itch to dig in the dirt and plant stuff. Easter’s arrival next month also adds to the scratch. But, if you have pets, there are some flowers and plants a gardener (or potential gardener) should avoid.
This week (March 19 to 25) is Poison Prevention Week. The company ProFlowers has created a helpful guide to plants and their toxicity level. ProFlowers Community Manager Taylor Poppmeier adds to this week’s blog with information and a link to the guide, which can help you determine what you should plant and what you should avoid if you’re a pet owner.
We all want to enjoy spring’s beauty but also protect our furry friends. Therefore, look over this helpful guide and keep your pets safe while also enjoying the colorful beauty of the season.
Did you know that March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month? While March brings warm weather and lots of beautiful flowers, it also means that you should be extra aware of which plants are healthy for your pet to eat and which could be toxic. To help you familiarize yourself with the plants to keep your pets away from, ProFlowers created this visual on 199 poisonous plants. It ranks plants from 1 (majorly toxic) to 4, and notes which parts of the plants are essential to avoid.
Should you suspect your pet has been poisoned, by eating a plant or getting into a household cleaner, contact this hotline number operated by the American Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): 888-426-4435. On the website, you’ll also find a listing of human foods that can negatively impact your pet’s health and a listing of household products which are harmful to animals.
Gayle M. Irwin is a writer and public relations professional who volunteers with various animal rescue groups. She enjoys sharing her books and her passion for pets and the environment with others.