Poisonous Summer Plants

Summer isn’t easy on our pets. Some days it’s just too hot or humid to do much outside. Our pets can overheat or just be uncomfortable and want to just lay on the cold tiles. Summer also exposes our pets to different poisons that they may not come across during the other seasons. Plants and fertilizers used to help gardens grow can be poisonous to our pets and cause problems such as kidney failure, vomiting, and other symptoms.

Some summer plants to be aware of:

Crocuses: There are two types of crocus plants, one that blooms in the spring and the other in the fall. The spring one is more common and may cause an upset stomach followed by vomiting in dogs and cats if they eat it. However, the fall crocus is much more toxic and can cause organ failure.

Sago Palm: Sago palms may cause damage to the stomach lining and liver. The plant is thought to be one of the most deadly ones to dogs and prompt treatment is always necessary. The leaves and seeds are especially poisonous to your pet. If you have one of these plants, keep it out of reach of your pet or think about giving it away to a friend who doesn’t have a pup.

Lilies: Cats tend to chew on plants. Lilies, depending on the type, can cause minor illness and make them a little sick but the other types: asiatic, easter, and day lilies can be deadly. Ingesting a small amount of them or licking the pollen that falls on their fur can result in kidney failure.

Soil additives and fertilizers: While some fertilizers and additives are harmless to pets, there are those that contain bone meal and blood meal. Some insecticides and pesticides contain organophosphates. These ingredients are harmful and can cause gastrointestinal problems, pancreatitis, and in some cases, be life-threatening.

If you’re working on your garden, read the labels on the fertilizers and make sure your plants are safe for your pets.

Stay Cool Pup! 3 Ways to Beat the Heat

Summer is around the corner and that means more time outside with your best friend. It also means it’s time to keep in mind that hot days, lots of running around, and the sun can be harmful to your dog. Aside from making sure that the paws don’t get scorched on the hot pavement and making sure there’s a lot of cool water to drink, there are a few other ways to beat the heat this summer.

Pool Party!

Some dogs love water and others like to cool their paws off after a good game of tag. Instead of your dog digging in the water bowl or finding that mud puddle to roll in, why not get a pool? Guardian Gear Dog Pools are made of extra-tough PVC that folds down completely for transport and storage.

The Dirty Dog portable dog bath features a collapsible frame that fastens for storage. Both of these are more durable than a standard kiddie pool and since they are collapsible, you don’t have to worry about it taking up space in the garage or attic during the winter.

Spiffy New Neckwear

Dogs release heat through their paws and pant. Their skin can become very warm to the touch and on days when it’s hot and humid, your buddy could use a constant chill pack.

The Cool-It Bandana is made with nontoxic polymer crystals absorb up to 30 times their weight and stay cool for several hours. All you have to do is soak it in water for 15 to 20 minutes and then place it in the fridge to chill. Don’t’ squeeze it or the polymer crystals can break and leak. It’s great for when you’re out hiking, walking, or in on a car trip but not recommended to be worn during play time with other dogs as it could get ripped.

Lounge Pup!

Does your dog like to hang out outside but needs to alternate between a sunny spot and a shaded spot? If so, you may want to consider buying a hammock with a canopy. PuppyWalk Ultra Breezy Bed is made of canvas and resists mildew and UV rays. It can be hosed off to clean it and helps keep dirt and debris off your dog as he lays out in the yard. The canopy protects and shades your dog from the sun and is cooler than a regular pillow or blanket since it allows air to circulate underneath rather than hold your dog’s body heat in the fabric.

Have a safe and happy summer with your dog and don’t forget to keep plenty of cool, fresh water available!