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Pet-Safe Fall Plants

Pet-Safe Fall Plants

Homeowners plant flowerbeds and vegetable gardens throughout the year for the freshest, best-tasting foods for their families; and while we encourage hobby gardeners to do what they love, we also advise home growers to investigate the types of plants they intend to grow to see if they are toxic plants or pet-friendly. If the plants can potentially upset digestion, pet owners will need to keep pets at a safe distance away from growing sites.

Here is a brief list of fall veggies to grow that are pet-safe:

  • Peas
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Blueberries
  • Carrots

As far as pet-friendly flowers to grow, consider:

  • Roses
  • Sunflowers
  • Marigolds
  • Hibiscus
  • Aster
  • African Violet

Home gardeners that wish to deer-proof gardens should consider planting the above flowers to rid deer, as they are deer-resistant flowers that deer hate! 

When gardening in the fall with pets, consider the health and well-being of furry friends. Some nuts, trees and fruits may make dogs and cats ill if ingested and lead to fatalities in some cases. 

Spring Allergies In Pets

Spring Allergies In Pets

For the pet owner, spring is a great time to play with pets while doing lawn care and gardening. For dogs, they will be able to bond with their owners and socialize with other animals while getting fit. But, spring brings breathing complications and the occasional ah--choo moment for both pet owners and pets because of what's in the air.

Did you know that pets can be allergic to certain spring plants and even pollen? While non-life threatening, some plants can make animals very ill if ingested and can cause itching, sniffling, and sneezing. Dogs can even be allergic to be stings and face facial irritation or swelling. 

Spring can be a lot of fun in the yard for both pets and pet owners; but allergies certainly come with the change of seasons. 

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