Keeping Your Pets Safe While Gardening

At first blush, gardening doesn’t sound like something that’s especially hazardous for anyone. The truth is, though, that this common spring pastime has its share of pet dangers! Learn about the most common below from a Farmington Hills veterinary professional.

Pesticides, Fertilizer

In order to keep the bugs off of our garden plants, we spray pesticides on them. In order to make our lawns grow, we sprinkle fertilizer. Pets who come in contact with these substances, either by inhaling them or nibbling on treated vegetation, could be poisoned! It’s best to keep pets safely secured indoors when spraying chemicals. Also take care to have them avoid freshly-treated grass or plants.

Toxic Plants

Make sure you’re not planting something toxic in your own backyard! Various common garden plants can actually be poisonous to cats and dogs. The list includes lilies, tulips, daffodils, rhododendron/azalea, and the sago palm, among others. Ask your vet for a complete list so you can check out your garden and landscaping.

Warm-Weather Pests

Fleas, ticks, worms, and mosquitoes like to come out of hiding this time of year and find the closest pet to chow down on. Keep your pet on year-round preventative medicines to prevent any issues, and always check your pet when they come back indoors for ticks. Your vet can show you the medications your pet needs, so call the clinic today.

Gardening Tools

Don’t leave sharp gardening tools lying around in the grass. A pet—or a human family member—could easily miss it and fall, cutting themselves. Make sure all shovels, tillers, rakes, clippers, trimmers, or anything else with a sharp edge is properly put away.


Certain types of mulch, namely those made with cocoa shells, can actually be toxic to our companion animals. Check the packaging to see about hazard warnings, and pick a mulch that doesn’t have any harmful materials.

Call your Farmington Hills veterinarian’s office for more information on hazardous springtime materials, and ask how to best keep your pet safe from harm as the weather gets warmer.

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