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Pet Friendly Gardening Tips

The beautiful spring weather may inspire you to enjoy the outdoors with your pets while working on the yard or garden.  However, your pets may be in danger from hazardous contact with weed killers, insecticides, and poisonous plants.

Experts at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) offer some tips on what to look out for while gardening:

Insecticides – Always store insecticides in a safe area, out of your pets’ reach.  APCC warns specifically, “The most dangerous forms of pesticides include snail bait with metaldehyde, fly bait with methomyl, systemic insecticides with the ingredients disyston or disulfoton, mole or gopher bait with zinc phosphide and most forms of rat poisons.”

Fertilizer – If ingested in large amounts, your pet could get very sick.  Keep fertilizer out of your pets’ reach.

Toxic Plants – Some of the most common toxic plants include: sago palm, rhododendron, and azalea.  For a full list of toxic yet common plants, please visit the ASPCA website.