Poison Control for Dogs in the Garden
It's all in good fun -- I'm pretty sure. In the middle of a lazy weekend afternoon, it's kind of amusing; in the middle of the night, it's a light sleeper's worst nightmare.
Their antics have started me thinking about dogs and garden threats in general. If you own a dog, pass on the cocoa mulch, it can be poisonous to your pooch. Eucalyptus mulch is a good bet, though, because it will help keep fleas under control.
Dog Poisons in the Garden
You should steer clear of herbal shampoo recipes that use pennyroyal. You can find them in some old books and on a few websites because pennyroyal repels fleas too. It's a member of the mint family and seems innocuous enough, but it's a big no-no. Dogs have been known to die from skin exposure and ingesting of pennyroyal.
Another couple of herbs you should watch out for if you have dogs are comfrey and garlic. They can cause liver damage if ingested. There's some confusion about garlic because some experts recommend garlic as an additive to a dog's diet (also a flea deterrent). In small amounts, it's probably pretty safe, but keep the dosage to about 1/8 of a teaspoon of garlic powder a few times a week. If your dog is a digger and the idea of digging and munching on garlic bulbs may appeal to him, keep your garlic patch away from his enclosure. [source: Tilford]
Many garden flowers and landscape plants are dangerous to dogs that love to snack on greenery, so play it safe by checking out the ASPCAs toxic plant list for more information about common plant hazards for both dogs and cats: ASPCA - Poison Plant Page
Keep this number on your refrigerator too: (888) 426-4435. It's the hotline number for the national pet poison control center. There's a $65.00 fee for the call, but if you think your pet's life may be in jeopardy, having the number close by could be a lifesaver.
Tilford, Gregory. "All You Ever Wanted to Know About Herbs for Pets." Bow Tie Press. 1999.
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