PLANTS FOR PETS!!! – Information about hunting and fishing in Montana

Over 100,000 pets are treated for domestic plant poisoning each year. As Easter approaches, here are some ideas for protecting your pets and farm critters from poisonous plants.

My neighbor bought a huge bag of daffodil bulbs at Costco. There must have been 50 bulbs in the bag. She carefully planted them last fall around her house. Every hole had the right depth and she even hosed them down. She was so looking forward to seeing them emerge in the spring.

Before the bulbs had a chance to move into their new homes, her cat, Lulu, dug everyone up. Light bulbs were placed around the yard. His cat too. Daffodil bulbs are extremely poisonous. Lulu started having convulsions and was vomiting. They went to the 24-hour veterinary clinic. Fortunately, Lulu the cat survived. The bulbs went in the trash.

Unfortunately, many holiday plants are toxic to most critters and pets. Poinsettias, holly and mistletoe at Christmas and lilies, ferns and daffodils at Easter have taken their toll on our beloved pets. 

Pet owners should be responsible for what they plant and display their critters. The attached list is a useful guide. When pets are exposed to these poisonous plants, they begin to vomit, become lethargic, develop rashes, have seizures, drool, have diarrhea, and act unusual. Be aware of 24-hour veterinary locations near you. If you can get the animal to the vet quickly, you can save the animal. Take a sprig of the plant with you when you leave.

Many pets eat grass or leaves when they start having an upset stomach. They don’t normally feast on your azaleas and other flowers, but a plant is a plant for them. Their goal is to slough off enough to vomit up a huge ball of weed. Cats are particularly famous for this.

Check the ASPCA website for a list of poisonous and friendly plants to consider. https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants.

Plan ahead to prevent your pets from dying! 

Montana Grant

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