Is your garden ‘pet safe’?

Gardens can be a paradise for your pets. Dogs will spend hours lying in the sun, playing with toys and digging and chasing off neighbourhood cats. Cats love a hot patio and guarding their ‘owners’ from birds, bees and any other perceived danger.

However, gardens can also be hazardous places so we at PJHQ have put together some advice for making sure that your furry family member is kept safe when exploring your garden. We advise that dog owners ensure that fences and gates are secure, so inquisitive dogs can’t escape.

Doors to sheds should be kept locked. sheds often contain sharp tools and chemicals that could be dangerous to animals if ingested.

Plants that can be harmful to pets

Dangerous for cats:

  • Lilies
  •  Iris
  • Yucca
  • Leeks
  • Tomatoes
  •  Potatoes

Dangerous for dogs:

  • Bluebells
  • Lupin (leaves, seeds)
  • Wild cherry tree (twigs and foliage)
  • Yew (berries and foliage)
  • Rhododendron
  • Sweetpea (stem)
  • Onion (causes anaemia)

Dangerous for both:

  • Tulips
  • Daffodils/narcissus (blubs)
  • Foxglove (leaves and seeds)
  • Hyacinth (bulbs)
  • Ivy (whole plant)
  • Buttercups
  • Azalea
  • Cyclamen (root)
  • Peach (stones and leaves)
  • Apples (pips)
  • Apricots (kernel)
  • Elderberry
  • Rhubarb (leaves)