Take care of pets in the garden

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Garden owners who allow their pets to roam outside should be aware that their choices concerning horticultural materials could make a big difference to the health of their animals.

According to a recent ZooToo.com article, there are literally thousands of cases of pet poisonings per year, many of which are garden-related and could have been avoided.

The online resource spoke to Dr Cassandra Bliss of Michigan Veterinary Specialists and discovered that almost 30 per cent of the poisoned animal cases she deals with are the result of chemicals used in the garden.

"It is a huge thing that happens in the evenings, on the weekends, when people are just out enjoying their gardens, not even thinking about it," she explained.

Simple things like avoiding cocoa-based mulch can help prevent dogs, cats and other animals becoming ill.

Such products can often lead to muscle tremors, diarrhoea and vomiting in canines, while other materials and plants can be dangerous to cats.

Meanwhile, the Royal Horticultural Society is set to host its Chelsea Flower Show next week, with garden experts in attendance to answer visitors' questions.

Posed by Martin Corby   - 21 May 2010
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