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Do you know the potential dangers that could be in your home and garden?

April 7, 2024

Spring brings renewal and growth but with that there are also some things that we as pet owners need to be aware of! Do you know of the potential dangers that could be in your home and garden?


Poisoning from outdoor plants are rare in cats (poisoning from indoor houseplants is more common)

Young, inquisitive cats and kittens are most at risk

During grooming, cats may accidently ingest bits of poisonous plant or seeds caught in their coat


Puppies are most at risk as they tend to chew plants, flowers, and bulbs more than adult dogs

Do you know what to do if your pet has ingested a poisonous plant?

The signs of ingestion will often include drooling, mouth irritation, diarrhoea, and vomiting.

If your pet has eaten a plant, you think may be poisonous it is important to follow these steps:

Immediately prevent any further access to the plant

Contact our practice immediately – DO NOT WAIT FOR SYMPTOMS

Do not try and make your cat or dog vomit

Try and recall when and how much they have eaten

Bring some of the plant with you when you bring your pet into the practice to be seen by one of our vets.

Some plants that we will commonly find in our garden that are harmful to dogs and cats

    -Azeleas and Rhododendrons




    -English Ivy

    -Lilies/ Lily of the Valley


Many fertilisers on the market contain ingredients that can be toxic to dogs and cats if ingested. Look for fertilisers that are labelled as pet-safe or use natural alternatives.

Keep pets away from areas treated with fertilisers.

Be aware of the signs of toxicity

Store fertilisers safely

Don’t over fertilise your garden

Remember, here at Apex Vets we have our own out of hours emergency service, 365 days a year, 24/7 for our registered clients. Please call us on 01324 829989 if you are having an emergency to speak to one of our vets.

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