Sunderland Echo - - Pet Parenting | Pet Corner -

ays are be­gin­ning to shorten, and over the next few weeks, signs that au­tumn is here will set in. Leaves will be turn­ing that beau­ti­ful golden brown and parks will be filled with an abun­dance of rus­tic colours.

And while it’s im­por­tant your pet en­joys the out­doors dur­ing the chang­ing sea­sons, it’s es­sen­tial to be aware of some of the harm­ful plants that can cause pets to be­come very un­well.

Pets are nat­u­rally in­quis­i­tive, es­pe­cially if they’re young, so know­ing what to avoid is cru­cial to keep them away from harm.

PDSA vet Re­becca Ash­man pro­vides her tips on keep­ing your pets safe from toxic plants.

It’s im­por­tant to recog­nise which au­tum­nal plants are poi­sonous as ac­ci­dently eat­ing them can cause pets to suf­fer from sick­ness, and in se­vere cases, can be fa­tal.

Steer­ing clear of these plants will avoid any upset stom­achs – or worse – from hap­pen­ing at all. Poi­sonous plants to avoid:

They are very toxic if eaten by pets, as their tan­nic acid af­fects the liver and kid­neys. Un­ripe, green acorns are even more harm­ful.

Every part of this tree is poi­sonous to pets and even eat­ing a few leaves can be se­ri­ous. They are of­ten found in church­yards so keep your eyes peeled.

Their bark, leaves, flow­ers, and conkers are all poi­sonous to pets. cro­cuses have pale mauve, pink or white flow­ers in au­tumn and all parts of the plant are po­ten­tially toxic.

“When out walk­ing this au­tumn, it’s cru­cial to be aware of any danger­ous plants and trees that might cause harm to your pet,” says Re­becca.

“Keep a close eye on them, and try to walk your dog some­where you know is clear of toxic plants.

“Vom­it­ing, di­ar­rhoea, shak­ing and breathing prob­lems are all signs that your pet might have eaten a poi­sonous plant,” adds Re­becca.

“If your pet has eaten some­thing they shouldn’t, then take them straight to the vets as an emer­gency.

“The quicker you act, the quicker vets can pro­vide es­sen­tial treat­ment.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on keep­ing your pet safe from harm­ful plants this au­tumn, visit the PDSA’s web­site – www.pdsa.org.uk/poi­sons-and-haz­ards.

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