Planning to have your lawn or outdoor space landscaped with shrubs and trees? The local landscapers in clapham will automatically ask you if you have pets in your home before letting you choose the plants that you want to have in your garden. This is because there are plants and shrubs that may prove to be harmful to your pets. To get you acquainted, here are some of the plants that can harm your pet dog:
Lilies. Lilies are both toxic to your pet dogs and cats as well. When domestic pet ingests any of the variants of lilies like calla lily, lily of the valley, amaryllis, palm and peace lily, it causes stomach upset causing your pet not to eat for days. These lilies are also known to cause depression and tremors in dogs and cats.
Azalea. The flowers of azalea are a great addition to your garden when you are planning your clapham garden design. However, your dog can go running in your garden and take particular interest in the leaves of this shrub. Pets that ingest the leaves of azalea commonly experiences weakness and leg paralysis. You may also notice drooling and loss of appetite. There were even reported cases of coma and death of pets from this ornamental shrub.
Narcissus. Spring is not complete without seeing the blooming daffodils. Narcissus, daffodils, jonquil or paper white, add vibrant colors to your garden. On the other hand, pets that accidentally eat the daffodil bulbs may experience diarrhea, vomiting, drooling, convulsions and heart problems.
Dumb Cane or Dieffenbachia. This is an ornamental plant that is usually placed inside the house. Business offices may have this plant as it helps with natural air purification. In addition, mature leaves grow wide with an accent of yellow blotched leaves. The term Dieffenbach was given to this plant in honor of the German physician and botanist, Joseph Dieffenbach. It is also called “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue.” When this plant is bruised, it emits a skunk-like odor. This plant is harmful to both human and pets when ingested. Vomiting, diarrhea, and intense salivation occur. Death can follow as it also causes the esophagus to swell making it difficult to breathe.
Black Walnut Tree. Walnuts are not dangerous to pets. If your pets like nuts, then there is no problem with them eating it. However, when ripe walnut drop to the ground and you forget about it, it will decompose. As it decomposes, molds will grow from it, which your pet dog may ingest. When this happens, tremors and seizures follow. It is best to check the surroundings before letting your dog run around the yard or lawn.
With this additional knowledge, you may feel that you are limited to the plants and trees that you want to grow in your garden. On the contrary, there are a lot of non harmful species of plants, flowering shrubs and trees that you can have your landscape designers and gardeners include in the landscape plan. You just need to put some time and attention to it so that you and your pets won’t get hurt while enjoying the benefits of your landscaped garden.