Pro­tect pets from gar­den dan­gers

Fremantle Gazette - - LIFESTYLE -

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.

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