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5 Ways to Detox Your Pet’s Space

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1. Get a Green Thumb

While there are certain plants, such as poison ivy, that are well known for their dangerous qualities, other seemingly harmless greenery can also spell big trouble if your pet chews on or consumes them. This can be particularly troublesome if you have an outdoor cat that likes to wander beyond the scope of what you have control over. But managing what’s in your own yard is a good place to start. Plants for your pets to avoid include the following:

  • Lilies — Most lily varieties, including Easter and Tiger, can cause serious kidney damage in cats.
  • Sago palm — A pet that eats just a few sago palm seeds can experience vomiting, diarrhea and even liver failure.
  • Tulips — The bulb section of these flowers contain toxins that can create gastrointestinal irritation, impede the central nervous system, trigger convulsions and cause cardiac abnormalities.
  • Azaleas/Rhododendron — Eating these can bring about vomiting, drooling, diarrhea and in severe cases, coma and death.
  • Oleander — All parts of this plant are considered to be toxic to pets and can create a number of serious health issues, including abnormal heart function, hypothermia and even death.
  • Chrysanthemum — Depression and loss of coordination can develop if your pet eats any part of this plant.

More Toxic and Nontoxic Plants

Also, if you live in a condo or apartment complex, keep your pet off any areas marked with flags indicating recent pesticide treatment on landscaping. And don’t forget about potential indoor hazards, such as houseplants or cut flower arrangements, which you should keep out of reach as well.

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1:14PM PDT on May 4, 2014

Thank you, good to know x

8:08AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Thank you

9:18PM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

noted with many thanks

8:44AM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

Noted with interest.

10:01PM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

I've read that cats don't really enjoy using heavily perfumed litter because of their highly sensitive noses. I didn't know that for years (my cats never mentioned it), but my current cat is allergic to fragance and so I'm thankful for frangrance-free litter.

3:35PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Thank you for the note!

2:09PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

This is good information to share with others.
I'm often amazed at how little people know about keeping their furry companions safe.

4:20AM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Interesting.

11:50PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Thank you very much for the wonderful informative article.Looking forward to seeing more like it.

8:44PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

thanks so much for the info

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