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The Pet Safe Garden

July 25, 2012

g2.jpgWhen designing a garden it is vital to take the owner’s lifestyle into consideration – and that includes owning any pets.

Many of us have pets that have access to our gardens, however many plants can be very harmful to smaller herbivore pets like rabbits and guinea pigs.

Eating poisonous plants can affect your pets in a variety of ways . Symptoms range from a stomach upset to possible fatality. Other symptoms include: salivation, skin allergies and heart and breathing difficulties.

Rodents and Lagomorphs are incapable of vomiting and so harmful plants usually inducing this symptom may go undiagnosed. Here is a list of plants that are dangerous to small pets:

Elder
Toxic, Fatal and cause salivation

Deadly Nightshade
Fatal, affects cardiovascular system

Lily Of the Valley
Toxic, fatal and affects cardiovascular system

Woody Nightshade
Fatal, causes skin allergy and affects gastro-intestinal system

Lobelia
Toxic and causes salivation

Rhododendron
Toxic, Fatal and cause salivation

Foxglove
Toxic, fatal and affects cardiovascular system

Ivy
Toxic, causes skin allergy and affects cardiovascular system

Iris
Toxic, causes salivation, and affects gastro-intestinal system

Privet Toxic, fatal and affects cardiovascular system

Yew
Toxic, affects cardiovascular system

Lupin
Toxic, causes salivation, and affects gastro-intestinal system

Pets In The Garden Need To Be Safe

Plants That Small Animals Love:
Acorn
Alfalfa
Beech
Beechnuts
Chickweed
Clover
Coltsfoot
Comfrey
Corn marigold
Corn Spurry
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Cow Parsley
Daisy
Dandelion
Fruit Trees
Grounsel
Hawthorn Berries
Hazel
Knotted Persicaria
Lady’s Thumb
Lucerne
Meadow Horsetail
Nettles
Oxeye
Plantain
Rose
Shepherd’s Purse
Sow Thistle
Sunflower
Vetch Wheat and Barley
Willow
Yarrow
Young Oak Leaves

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