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Pets in the Garden

11 May 2016

We love to share our yards with our pets. When planning your garden this year, think about some pet friendly options and remember the plants to keep out of your furry companions reach. Keep in mind that our dogs and cats are carnivores, so any green treat they get, should be done in moderation. Their stomachs cannot process too many veggies and greens.

Dog Friendly Veggies

Green Beans: Whether bush or climbing, green beans are a healthy treat to use during training or just because! Many dogs will get as excited about green beans as they will about chicken or cheese. For those dogs that are a little heftier, it is a low calorie alternative!

Carrots: This vegetable is good for a dog’s teeth and they are high in fiber, beta carotene, and vitamin A.

Pumpkin: It is a good source of fiber. It is also another source of beta-carotene and vitamin A. It is great for curing constipation and diarrhea. Careful though, only give a spoonful or so, depending on your dog’s size. Too much can be toxic.  

Cucumber: This is a great alternative treat for your dog because it is low in calories, carbohydrates and has no fat or oils. Consider using this during a couple of your training sessions instead of higher calorie treat or meat.

Sweet Potato: This is the one type of potato you can feed your dog. It is a good thing too, because they are full of fiber, vitamin B and C, as well as beta carotene and manganese.

Strawberry: Full of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C, strawberries are a great snack for your pup. They also contain an enzyme that helps keep your dog’s teeth clean and white.

Blueberry: This little berry is high in antioxidants, are heart healthy, and are a great source of silicon and vitamin C.

Watermelon: Just like for us humans, make sure to remove the rind. This is a great snack when it is hot out because of the high water content. It is also good for your dog thanks to the beta-carotene, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A and C.

Cat Friendly Plants

Cat Nip: Instead of buying catnip for you cat, try growing your own! Your cat can rub or eat the plant right from the garden or you can pick the leaves for later use! Make sure to plant catnip away from other plants, as your cat may enjoy lying and rolling in the leaves without regard to other plants in the way.

Carrots: This vegetable is high in fiber, beta carotene, and vitamin A. Make sure to steam the veggie first, and serve it to your cat in small pieces, too big and the pieces are a choking hazard.
Broccoli: Not only is this plant high in fiber and antioxidants, but giving your cat steamed broccoli can give them a green to chew, so they avoid off limit plants in the house and garden.

Green Beans: Not only are they a wonderful choice of treat for you overweight dog, but your royally sized feline as well!

Zucchini: This popular veggie is safe for you cat to eat and high in magnesium, potassium and manganese!
Winter Squash: When eaten plain, this squash contains a bacteria that can help regulate a cat’s bowel environment and relieve constipation or diarrhea. As always, this treat should be given in small amounts.

Lemon Grass: Many cat owners know that cats like to lounge in and sometimes eat grass. Lemongrass is a safe option for your kitty. It has antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and healthy digestion properties as well.

Marigolds: In addition to repelling garden pests like mosquitos, these flowers are also cat safe!

Toxic Plants

Tomatoes: While it is okay for your furry friend to accidently get some of your tomatoes from your salad, the leaves and stems of the tomato plant are poisonous to dogs and cats. Make sure to plant in raised beds, fenced off or otherwise protected from our curious companions.

Roots (Garlic, Onion, Chives, and Rhubarb): Most of the roots we humans love to include in our diet, are toxic to dogs and cats. Make sure these items are not fed to your pets and are not in their reach in the yard.

Grapes: Keep this vine in a place where your pets cannot get to it. Grapes are poisonous to both dogs and cats.

Azalea: If your pets ingest the flowers or leaves of this plant, a trip to the vet will be needed.

Lilies: Tiger, Day, Asiatic, Easter and Japanese Lilies are all highly toxic to pets who eat the flowers or leaves, even in a small amount. Other Lilies can be safe, but do your homework before planting any kind of Lily.

Daffodils: This plant is toxic if your pets ingest the flower or the bulb. Even a small amount will cause vomiting, diarrhea and other issues.

Tulips and Hyacinths: The main danger is in your pet ingesting part or the whole bulb of this plant. While the bulb has the highest concentration of the toxin that will affect your pet, other parts of the plant will contain smaller amounts. Make sure you pet avoids this plant altogether.

Plant knowledge and awareness of your pet's activities will ensure you and your pet have a safe and fun time outdoors.

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