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Keep Your Dog Safe This Spring

Spring is finally in bloom! Everything is green and sprouting to life. And while it’s a welcome reprieve from the cold, miserable weather of winter, dog owners should be aware of the potential danger this blooming plant life could pose to their dog.

On their website, the ASPCA lists over 300 different types of plants and flowers that are considered poisonous for dogs to ingest. These plants include: aloe, apple trees, azaleas, daisies, daffodils, and many other plant life that is common in neighborhoods and freshly landscaped yards. While many of these plants and flowers are popular or pretty to look at, they can make a dog ill or ultimately be fatal.

In order to dog-proof your yard, please see the ASPCA’s full list of toxic plants and check your gardens for plants and flowers that may be threatening to your canine friends. Also, be aware of the types of flowers that you bring inside your home that may be toxic and within your dog’s reach.

You may also want to check the plant life growing in your local dog park and don’t be shy about sharing this information with fellow dog owners. In this situation, knowledge really is power, and we all want to have a safe and happy spring for us and our dogs!

Caitlin is the studio manager for Adrian Hitt Photography. She keeps things running smoothly behind the scenes and frequents the blog with tips on what’s going on in the dog world. A recent graduate of Elon University, Caitlin holds degrees in both digital art and professional writing and rhetoric. In her spare time, she pens fiction novels, eats too many Twizzlers and sneaks down to the local animal shelter to snuggle with the all the playful dogs and puppies looking for a forever home.

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LA Stormwater - April 13, 2011 - 2:20 pm

Being aware of plants that are toxic to your dogs is important for all pet owners to keep their dog’s safe! Thank you for sharing this article and great resource. Another way you can protect your pet’s health is by picking up after them! Unattended pet waste left on the streets flows untreated into our local waterways and ocean, causing pollution. To learn how to protect your pet’s health, check out

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