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Pet Friendly Gardening Tips

It’s only January, and planning a garden can take time. These pet friendly gardening tips will help you prepare for the coming months of warmer weather and Spring growth.

Ready To Start Gardening Again

The beautiful spring weather will be here soon. It 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 items. We’re talking about contact with weed killers, insecticides, and poisonous plants.

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Avoid These Items in Your Home & Garden

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


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.” Luckily, there are alternative pet-friendly insecticides on the market. Start researching some of those options here.


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


Some of the most common toxic plants include: sago palm, rhododendron, and azalea.  For a more complete list of toxic and non-toxic plants, see below. 

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Safe & Toxic Plants for Dogs

Thank goodness you don’t have to do research for every plant. The ASPCA has compiled a list of safe and toxic plants for dogs. You can find that list here.

Safe & Toxic Plants for Cats

The ASPCA also compiled a list of safe and toxic plants for cats, too. You can find that list here.