Pet safe campaign - Plants that are toxic to dogs and cats*

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I've grown up with having dogs for pets, and looking after them and keeping them safe as an owner it is your main priority. Although I know certain foods are toxic for dogs and cats for example grapes, I never really thought about the plants in my garden being toxic. Thankfully, none of my dogs have eaten plants and gotten sick (Alfie ate a snail once which is a whole different story) but like myself so many people are unaware of the toxic plants that might cause their dog or cat harm in their garden. 

MORE TH>N and Chris Dimmock have started a pet safe campaign to raise awareness of the issue of cats and dogs being poisoned by common household plants and flowers. With Summer and flowers being in bloom and dogs and cats spending more time outside it is important to raise awareness. 

A few facts
  • 78% of British Gardens contain plants and flowers that are toxic to dogs/cats.
  • One in three pet owners have no idea if the plants in their garden are toxic.
  • 10% of British cats and dogs have ingested poisonous plants and flowers, of those 43% needed urgent veterinary treatment whilst 15% past away.
  • According to research, the most dangerous gardens are found in London and South East (83%) followed by Wales (80%) the South West (79%)  East Anglia (78%) and West Midlands (77%)

To kick start the campaign, MORE TH<N have commissioned RHS gold medal winner Ian Drummond to create the worlds most dangerous garden to cats and dogs, this garden will be taken throughout London by charity core landscapes. 

A few on the plants on show include Begonia, Buxus Pyramiden, Chrysanthemum, Clematis, Cordyline, Daisy, Dahlia, Elderberry, Foxglove, Grape plant, Hydrangea, Hedera Ivy, Lilies (variety), Cherry Laurel, Marigold, Nerium Oleander, Paeonia mix, Papaver Poppy, Tomato plant and Wisteria.

Vet and consultant on the garden, Robert White-Adams, “As a nation of animal lovers we’ll do anything to not put our pets at harm. What this campaign reveals is the hidden dangers many of us wouldn’t even be aware of. Each plant has been chosen to show just how many common varieties can make our pets ill, or worse still, die if not treated immediately by a vet.”

MORE TH>N is also directly campaigning for plant producers, manufacturers etc. to provide clear labels stating if the plant is toxic. 

Did you know that some flowers and plants are toxic to your pets?
  1. Great post Hannah! I've never really had an issue with my two dogs chewing on any plants in my garden (weeing on them is a whole other story though) but I was aware that some are poisonous, so we tend to put ours in planters that they can't really reach. I think this sounds like a really good campaign though, especially if they can get better labelling on plants and related garden products. xo

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    1. I really had no idea, thankfully none of our dogs have been interested in plants but having labels on packets would be so much easier and raise awareness.

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  2. Great post Hannah - I knew some of these but I'm quite surprised at daisies as they are so common. You'd think it would be more common knowledge...

    Lizzie Dripping

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