Pups and Plants

Pups and Plants

Feb 23 , 2020

Puppers and plants! A match made in heaven, right? Whilst most houseplants are toxic to dogs, it doesn’t mean the two can’t coexist.

 

Some tips on keeping both your indoor jungle & fluffy bestie happy:

  • Move plants out of biting reach when you bring home your first plant/s, or your dog for the first time
  • Under careful supervision, introduce your dog into an area where plants are within reach, and watch how they interact with them. You may be pleasantly surprised to find they have no interest in your green fam. But if they get a little nibbly, it’s easy to train out that behaviour using positive reinforcement. Many dog owners report having no issues with their plants remaining untouched & in one piece
  • Keep your pet stimulated with toys & other items they can chew on during the day. This will ensure they don’t turn to munching on leaves or digging up soil when left alone
  • Rearrange your plant babies if needed. Place highly toxic plants out of reach - plant shelves, macrame hangers, pot stands or console tables are just a few stylish ways to arrange plants up off the ground. Safe plants such as Spider Plants, Prayer Plants & many Ferns will be ok closer to snout level
  • Be alert and Google the toxicity levels of each of your houseplants, as they range from causing mild symptoms (such as gastrointestinal upset) to causing serious illness or even fatality. Some plants only cause issues if ingested & others are dangerous just from being chewed on
  • If you suspect your dog is poisoned, take them straight to the vet so they can get treated ASAP. Try to identify the plant involved included the volume that was consumed to help the vet cure your furry friend as quickly as possible
  • Don’t forget about your outdoor plants. These will need to be researched too, as plants such as Aloe Vera, Carnations, Daffodils, Begonias, Tomato Plant Leaves & English Ivy can all cause issues if eaten

xx Rachel


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