Those Flowers May Be Pretty, But Are They Safe For Your Dog?
Last weekend I got a head start on planting my summer flowers. Usually I wait until after Memorial Day to plant but since the weather this year has been anything but average I took advantage of it.
Normally I am a petunia person. Petunias are hardy and come in beautiful colors that can brighten anyone’s day.
More importantly, they are not toxic to dogs.
This is a very important feature for me because I have a dog that likes to eat things that dogs are not suppose to eat, like rocks, which is why this summer we are remodeling our backyard to make it dog safe.
We have already spent hundreds of dollars removing rocks and pouring concrete into areas that were once my dogs chomping ground. I have had to remove my favorite azalea bush because he thought it was a tasty snack.
So the chore of adding flowers to my backyard had to be approached with caution.
I had my mind set on petunias. I can’t go wrong with them.
However, when I walked into the garden shop to buy a few flats of petunias,my attention was drawn to a beautiful display of purple geraniums.
I stood in front of them for 10 minutes, picturing how great they would look in my patio planter. I was so excited that I grabbed 3 pots of them, hurried home and planted them.
Then I looked up geraniums on the toxic plant list on the ASPCA’s website.
All parts of the geranium are toxic to dogs and cats and can cause vomiting, anorexia, and depression.
Needless to say I hurried my butt outside, removed the flowers from the planter,
went back up to the garden store, bought the petunias and gave my Mom the geraniums.
“Happy early Birthday Mom, these flowers will make my dog puke and since you don’t have dogs, here you go.”
The point to this whole babbling story is that if you are planting your summer flowers this year and you have a “curious” dog like me,
it might be a good idea to make sure the flowers are safe for them. Unless of course, you like to make more work for yourself.
The ironic flip to this story is I am a vet tech. I should know these things, but it just goes to show that pretty flowers can also cloud your better judgement.
So tell me, do you ever think of your dog when you plant flowers?