Pet Health

Poisonous plants for animals

Having a beautiful garden for your pet to frolic in… or enjoying nearby counrtyside where they can run or explore is onwderful. Unfortunately these areas can be frught with danger for your fluffy companions, and so you need to be vigilant. Thankfully with a little knowledge, you can reduce the risks of poisoning to your pets quite substantially.

Of course flora varies around the globe – and we couldn’t possibly list them all – but here is a list that will get you started.

If your pet eats any of these and seems unwell in any way – please consult a vet immediately.

  • Aconite
  • Apple
  • Apricots
  • Arrowgrasses
  • Atropa Belladonna
  • Autumn crocus
  • Azaleas
  • Baneberry
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Black locust tree
  • Bloodroot
  • Box shrub
  • Buckeye tree
  • Buttercup
  • Caladium
  • Calla lily
  • Carolina Jessamine
  • Castor Beans
  • Chinaberry Tree
  • Chockcherries
  • Christmas Rose
  • Clematis
  • Common Privet
  • Corn Cockle
  • Cowbane
  • Cowslip
  • Daffodil
  • Daphne shrub
  • Deadly nightshade
  • Death camas herb
  • Delphinium
  • Dumbcane
  • Dutchman’s Breeches
  • Elderberry tree
  • Elephant’s Ear
  • English Ivy
  • European Bittersweet
  • False Flax
  • False Hellebore
  • Fan Weed
  • Flax wildflower
  • Foxgloves
  • Geranium
  • Hemlock
  • Holly berries
  • Horse Nettles
  • Horsechestnuts
  • Hyacinths
  • Iris flowers
  • Jack-in-the-Pulpit
  • Jatropha tree
  • Jerusalem Cherry tree
  • Jimsonweed
  • Kalanchoe
  • Laburnum
  • Lantana
  • Laurel shrubs
  • Leopard Lily
  • Lilies
  • Lupine shrub
  • Manchineel Tree
  • Marble queen
  • Marijuana
  • Matrimony Vine
  • Mayapple flower
  • Mexican breadfruit
  • Milk Vetch
  • Mistletoe
  • Monkshood flower
  • Moodseed vines
  • Morning Glory
  • Mountain Mahogany shrub
  • Mustard flowers
  • Narcissus flowers
  • Needlepoint ivy
  • Nicotiana flowers
  • Oak tree
  • Oleanders
  • Onion
  • Peace lily
  • Pencil cactus
  • Peppergrass
  • Philodendrons plants
  • Poinsettia
  • Pokeweed
  • Potato plants
  • Pothos
  • Precatory bean
  • Primrose (primula)
  • Rattle Box flowers
  • Rhododendron shrubs
  • Rhubarb
  • Rosary Pea plant
  • Sago Palm
  • Skunk Cabbage
  • Snow-on-the-Mountain
  • Sorghum grass
  • Star of Bethlehem
  • Swiss cheese plant
  • Tobacco
  • Tulips
  • Velvet Grass
  • Wild Black Cherry tree
  • Wild Radish
  • Wisteria
  • Woody Aster
  • Yellow Jessamine
  • Yellow Pine Flax
  • Yew


Getting your pet neutered

Tomorrow, our latest addition to the family (Billy Boxer) will be heading to the vet to have his testicles removed. Although he is a pedigree, and could bring us an income from his offspring… the number of abandoned animals where we live is appalling. Because of this, and because we are not experienced breeders… we choose to have all our pets sterilised. To be honest – I would get too emotional about the pups, and wouldn’t want to let any go… and I don’t think Alan would be too happy about me kidnapping the pups from the mother and bringing them to live with us – he’s only just getting used to having three dogs in the house!

There are a hundred reasons to get your pet sterilised – not least being the fact that this is how many pups or kittens they could produce! All over the world, hundreds of thousands of animals are destroyed because they have been abandoned, or born on the streets.

For many, the worry is the cost. However, help is at hand with many countries now providing financial assistance to those that need it. In the UK for example, there is a list on the Cat Chat website here:

Aside from the lessening of the risk of unwanted animals roaming about… sterlising your pet can have health benefits too.

Think carefully when you get a pet… and if you’re not planning to be a registered breeder… then consider carefully the benefits of getting your pet’s “bits” done.

The dog in this photograph is Pepper… our middle boy who has just turned two years old.

How to resuscitate a dog

It’s our aim over time to provide plenty of hints’ tips and more general information for pet lovers… I got to thinking today about how I’d treat my dogs if anything were to happen to them in terms of first aid… Not something I’d ever given much thought to – until a couple of incidents recently with Guido.


1. He had a bleed in his foot caused by a large cactus needle. I treated it with a little saline and just kept it clean with the view to taking him to our (very lovely) vet should he show any signs of illness.

2. Secondly a few weeks ago he had a very bad reaction to either a sting or some vegetation he’s picked up whilst out walking. He was sick, and his face swelled up so without any hesitation he was straight down the vets. An anti-histamine shot later and within a couple of hours he was his normal self.

I’ve been working on the assumption that most pet first aid is much like with humans. Doing a bit of research, I was for the most part correct. Of course you NEVER give any pets any human drugs, but you can, say, stop a bleed as you might with one of your kids. So doing a bit of research – I was feeling quite smug – yes, knew that, knew that, knew that… I’ve had quite a lot of first aid training and I’m usually cool headed in a crisis.

But then the thought hit me – the one thing any first aid trainer really wants you to leave a course with the knowledge of – is resuscitation. Did I know how to resuscitate my dogs. Yes, I think I do, common sense isn’t it? Pressure to the chest and blow – how would I blow – their mouths and my mouth aren’t the same shape so no seal.

Of course the answer is seal the mouth breath through the nose. I’d have worked it out when the time came. I’d like to think that, but when it’s my own dog would it have come to me so quickly? Can I put my hand on my heart and say yes – no I don’t think I can.

But I know now!

During my research I came across this video of a dog trainer in Tacoma WA saving the life of a dog at his training centre. Not easy to watch for a dog owner – but it’s worth watching in case you ever need to know!

I don’t want to give proper instruction on resuscitation – it’s not my place. Not just for your animals, but also for the sake of people around you, if you don’t know how to apply CPR take a day or two out and go and get some proper first aid instruction from qualified trainers. You’ll never regret it – and it may just save a loved one’s life. Human or animal!