Do YOU have ‘poison’ plants?

Do YOU have ‘poison’ plants? 

Hi there!

We just had a wonderful walk with all three of our pups in the park by the lake. The park is just a couple of miles from where we live and it has a bike/walk trail all the way around the two lakes that are there.

We met lots of people and a few dogs. The pups did pretty good…they did get excited when we walked by the other dogs but they didn’t get unruly or out of line. It was a fun walk for all of us…and the pups are taking a nap as I write.

I hope your summer is shaping up to be a fun one with your puppy! It’s nice to be able to take them with you when you go to picnics and camping or walks in the park.

Get out there and live your life with your puppy as your companion…as you train him and introduce him to more and more things, he will learn how you want him to behave and he will develop trust in you as his leader. He will know that you will always keep him safe and he’ll enjoy being with you in all kinds of different situations.

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Today we’re going to look at a few common things that are poisonous to our canine companions. This is not a totally comprehensive list, for that you’ll have to do more research into the specific ‘type’ of poison. This list will give you some of the most common things that have been found to be bad for or sometimes even fatal, for dogs and puppies.

Food items:

Alcohol
Avocado
Chocolate
Coffee
Cola
Garlic
Grapes
Mushrooms
Nutmeg
Onions
Raisins
Tea

House plants:

Aloe Vera
Amaryllis
Azalea
Castor Oil Plant
Chrysanthemum
Cyclamen
Dieffenbachia
Dracaena Palm
Dumb Cane
Easter Cactus
English Ivy
Geranium
German Ivy
Heartland Philodendron
Indian Rubber Plant
Lilies
Peace Lily
Poinsettia
Sago Palm

Outdoor plants/flowers:

Asparagus Fern
Azalea
Baby’s Breath
Bittersweet
Castor Bean
Daffodil
Easter Lily
Foxglove
Lilies
Lily of the Valley
Morning Glory
Nightshade
Onion
Poison Ivy
Poison Oak
Rhododendron
Tulip/Narcissus Bulbs

Odds and Ends:

Acetaminophen
Antifreeze
Chemical cleaning products
Cocoa Bean Mulch
Herbicides
Holly
Ibuprofen
Mistletoe
Prescription medicines
Pesticides
Yew

Sometimes just learning that something is toxic helps us to make the decision to take that item out of the house or yard. If we can save a little pup from going through a poisoning and the health risks that go hand in hand with it…we all benefit.

As we live with our puppy, an important task for us is to become more aware of things that are good and things that are not so good. As we learn more and more, we can keep our canine companions safe and happy for many years to come!

Take care,
Sue Lee

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