Dear Vicki, I’ve heard that daf­fodils are poi­sonous to dogs. Is this true? Daf­fodils are po­ten­tially harm­ful to pets, in­clud­ing dogs. The bulbs are par­tic­u­larly poi­sonous, and even a small amount can be toxic. Drink­ing wa­ter from a vase of daf­fodils can cause dogs to suf­fer from vom­it­ing and di­ar­rhoea. It’s im­por­tant to keep pets well away from daf­fodils, and don’t al­low them to dig flower beds or pots where daf­fodils are planted. Most cases of poi­son­ing hap­pen in spring when daf­fodils bloom or in the au­tumn when the bulbs are planted. If you think your pet has eaten a daf­fodil, or you no­tice signs of poi­son­ing such as vom­it­ing, di­ar­rhoea, lack of ap­petite or tremors, call your vet for ad­vice im­me­di­ately. I went on hol­i­day re­cently and put my pug, Barney, in ken­nels. But since re­turn­ing home, he seems to have a harsh cough, although it doesn’t seem to trou­ble him and he seems healthy oth­er­wise. What should I do? You should get Barney checked by your vet, as it’s pos­si­ble that he has in­fec­tious tra­cheo­bron­chi­tis, com­monly known as ‘kennel cough’. It causes a harsh cough, which of­ten sounds like there is some­thing stuck in the throat. Kennel cough can even­tu­ally cure it­self, but med­i­ca­tion is some­times pre­scribed to stop it from be­com­ing se­ri­ous. Your vet will be able to ad­vise what treat­ment Barney needs. There is a vac­cine for kennel cough, which is given sep­a­rately to rou­tine vac­ci­na­tions, and many ken­nels re­quire dogs to re­ceive these be­fore al­low­ing them to stay.

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