Garden dangers for your chihuahua?
Ordinarily, we think of a garden as a great place for dogs. They are never happier than when they are outside. Whether it’s catching scent trails, exploring new changes, chasing a neighbouring cat away, or simply enjoying the sunshine with you, your chihuahua dog loves being out in the garden. But are you aware of all the potential dangers that your garden may hide? What plants are toxic to dogs?
#1 Toxic garden plants
Do you know what plants are toxic to dogs? Many common garden plants are surprisingly poisonous to dogs. Bright, sunny-coloured marigolds, dreamy blue lobelia and vibrant begonias are all plants toxic to dogs. Other poisonous plants include;
There are many more plants that could be lethal so make sure your pup knows not to go near them, or even safer, remove them out of harm’s way. Instead of poisonous plants, opt for herbs that can be good for dogs such as peppermint, burdock and catmint.
#2 Mouldy bread
A kind gesture of feeding the birds could be catastrophic for your chihuahua. If you leave mouldy bread out for the birds or just bread that’s left out too long, make sure it is completely out of reach of your pooches.
If a dog ingests mouldy bread, the can consume mycotoxins which can make your dog seriously ill. Symptoms can include; vomiting, seizures and even hypothermia, if you suspect your dog has ingested toxic mould, then seek urgent medical assistance from a vet.
#3 Slug pellets
We all want to keep pesky slugs at bay to keep our gardens intact, and scattering slug pellets are often seen as the easiest solution. Unfortunately, slug pellets can be fatal to dogs. Slug pellets are appealing to dogs are they are mixed with cereals that make them as inviting as their usual dog food. Sadly, ingesting just 80 grams of slug pellets can kill a healthy medium-sized dog.
It’s important to be aware that many farmers will use slug pellets in high quantities across their fields, so keep your dog safe by making sure they’re always on a lead near farmland.
Alarmingly, dog thefts in the UK are on the rise. Criminals are thieving both pedigree dogs to sell or to breed and also stealing dogs for puppy farms. Some sinister thieves will even steal dogs for the horrendous fighting rings.
Usually, dog thefts are highly planned, and criminals may target your pup if your garden is overlooked and you have a regular routine with your dog where your chi is left unattended in the backyard. Make sure to secure your garden well and add higher fences if your backyard is overlooked. Changing your routine regularly will also help to stop thieves.
#5 Wood chipping
Wood chips and mulch are commonly found in plant borders and flowerbeds but can be dangerous to your dog if they start chewing on the wood for two reasons. Firstly, wood chips can cause splinters which could damage their mouths and throats. Secondly, once ingested that can damage the stomach lining or intestines and can cause a dangerous obstruction in their bowels.
Take a critical look around your garden to see what dangers lurk for your dog. Check for loose panels of fencing and make sure that all the plants are safe for your beloved chi to roam around freely. Make sure you know what plants are toxic to dogs to keep your chihuahua safe.