Protect pets from garden dangers
WE know to keep certain plants away from young kids – elephant’s ears and foxgloves are two that should be avoided – but we probably don’t think about protecting our pets in the same way.
Angie Thomas from Yates has put together a practical list of plants to watch out for around your furry friends.
While they make the perfect gift for humans, chrysanthemum daisies should be kept away from curious pets, as both their leaves and flowers can be harmful if ingested.
If you’re growing tomatoes in your backyard, it’s wise to make sure these are securely fenced from your pets. Although it’s safe for your pet to eat small amounts of ripe tomatoes, green stems, leaves and unripe fruit contain solanine, which can be extremely harmful to dogs and cats if ingested in large amounts.
Chives are delicious for us to eat but they can be toxic to our furry friends. Try growing chives in a pot, out of the reach of inquisitive cats and dogs.
These may be beautiful and fragrant flowers but they are poisonous to felines. Types of lilies that are dangerous to cats include peace, Easter, daylily, Japanese and Asiatic lilies.
This flowering plant contains toxins in both its leaves and flowers, which can upset your pets’ stomach and cause them to become lethargic. If you’re worried your fourlegged friend may nibble on this plant, it’s best to grow hydrangeas in areas they can't access.
This is an extremely common indoor plant, but if ingested devil’s ivy can make it hard for pets to breathe and swallow. If you would like to grow this leafy plant at your place, ensure it’s where your pets can't reach. IT can be a scary prospect, bringing your newborn home to meet the family dog.
Even the most dependable pooch cannot be totally trusted, as you never know how the dog will deal with the change of dynamics and lack of attention it’s about to receive.
We spoke to dog behaviour consultant Kathy Kopellis Mcleod about preparing your furry friend for this big new change.
She said you should never leave the newborn alone with the dog, not even for a moment.
When dogs are fearful or uncomfortable, they can bite and that can be fatal.
She also suggested parents invest in a professional trainer beforehand to ease the dog into the process.
■ Preparation is key: A few weeks before the baby is born, get into a routine of when it comes. Reduce the attention levels you are giving your dog, because when the baby comes they are going to get less attention. Then when bub arrives, give the dog more attention than previously.
■ Make the nursery area familiar to the dog: Before baby comes, allow the dog to explore the nursery and become accustomed with smells such as baby powder and lotion.
■ Use the doll technique: Buy a toy doll and wrap it in a blanket and hold it around the house so the dog gets used to you already having that closeness to baby.
■ Play newborn noises: laughing, squealing, crying. Go to YouTube and get a soundtrack so the dog gets used to those sounds and make sure the pooch sees you calm and relaxed when those noises are playing.
■ Understand your dog’s body language: If you understand when the dog is nervous, stressed or uncomfortable, then you can prevent an incident. Even if a dog yawns, that can be a sign of stress. A professional trainer can help with this.
■ Educate kids: Teach them from a young age that many dogs don’t like being hugged – hugging is a human thing and dogs don’t understand it.
It all depends on the way the dog is brought up. There’s a stigma with staffies that they are not good family pets but they are fantastic family pets as long as they are trained and raised correctly.