Dear Murphy: Spring Safety Tips

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Dear Murphy:

Tis the season of spring where the flowers are blooming and the city becomes alive and full of color! Some of these plants are looking quite tasty and delicious – however, I know some of these plants are dangerous to myself and my fellow furry friends. What plants should we be staying away from?

Sincerely,

Hungry For Flowers

Dear Hungry for Flowers:

I totally understand what you are saying! I am a fan of munching on plants myself. You are correct in assuming that there are many plants that are toxic to dogs. There are many guides out there with lists of toxic plants and I will list a few here. But if you’d like to check out more, head over to the ASPCA website where they have an extensive guide on poisonous plants: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/dogs-plant-list. Keep in mind that toxicity reactions can range from mild to life-threatening depending on a variety of factors.

Here are a few common known plants from the ASPCA guide:

  • Tulips
  • Aloe Vera
  • Azalea
  • St. Johns Wort
  • Periwinkle
  • Baby’s Breath
  • Tomato plant
  • Daffodils 

Be safe and avoid those toxic plants – as delicious and tasty looking as they appear! It’s best to stop and smell the roses – not eat them!

Sincerely,

Murphy

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