How to Plant a Pet Friendly Garden

Avoid Plants That are Dangerous to Your Pets!

I love plants and I love gardening. They are two of my favorite hobbies. I was a little surprised to find out that there are some plants that are dangerous for your pets. So, after doing a little research, I found a few tips and ideas that should help you if you are planting a new garden, a new plant, or even simply updating your landscaping. Following these simple steps you should be able to make your new garden safe for you family pet as well.

I have two cats that I love to let out in the back yard to nibble on grass. They are mostly indoor kitties and really love spending a little item outside. Unfortunately though, they will eat anything in sight, even though most people believe that cats have a more discriminating palette than dogs, this is just not always true. Cats are as vulnerable to toxic garden plants as dogs. You should also realize that even though dogs are larger than cats, this does not mean they will not feel the same effect if they eat a poisonous garden plant.

This first group is a list of Cardio-Toxic Plants. Obviously you probably figures out that these plants can cause heart problems or heart failure if eaten by your pets. One of the most deadly Cardio-toxic plants is Oleander. If your cat or dog were to eat one mouthful of the leaves from the Oleander plant, then they could be easily killed. In fact, a single mouthful of the leaf of this plant Oleander is only one of the most common poisonous plants. There are many others.

Other cardio-toxin plants are: Lily of the Valley, Yew, Alachua, and Foxglove. I recommend leaving these plants out of your garden all together just to ere on the side of caution. For cats I have found out that Day Lillie can be especially dangerous. My cats live to lie on their backs and bat away at the long draping leaves on the Day Lillie. Until recently I would have never known this was a very unsafe plant for the cats in my garden.

Heart failure is not only problem pets can find in a garden.
Here are some gardens Plants That Can Cause Kidney Failure in ether you cat or dog: shamrock, rhubarb leaves, and Easter Lilies. My cats will nibble on anything hey find on the ground and often there are tons of shamrocks own three. I have to keep and eye out and stear them clear or the tiny little green plants.

To make matters more dangerous for family pets in the garden, there are unite a few plants that are dangerous in a variety for ways. Rhododendrons contain toxins and can cause serious gastrointestinal upset. Azaleas also contain this same dangerous threat to cat's ad dogs. Autumn crocus can possibly cause hemorrhaging in pets if eaten in large quantities. It can also cause renal frailer and liver damage.

Castor bean can cause renal failure and even liver failure in some extreme cases. These problems can lead to convulsions and the death of your dog or cat.
I know a lot of this information has seemed a little negative. I like to think of it as negative, but necessary. To end on a light note, here are some non-toxic plants that are perfect for a plant friendly garden.

These Non-Toxic Plants include: Blue eyed daisies, regular or common snap dragon, crape myrtle, spider plants, spotted laurel, marigolds. pampas grass, and even Bamboo. Cornflowers are also a great choice. So, don't feel limited in what you can plant in your garden too much. Just be sure to do a little research to make sure you pets are as safe for your furry family members as they are beautiful to look at.