Every year, the ASPCA®’s Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) receives tens of thousands of calls about pets who may have been harmed by poisonous substances in yards and gardens. Help make sure your pet can enjoy Mother Nature safely with these tips.
Pick pet-friendly plants.
Many common outdoor plants can be hazardous to cats or dogs. The ASPCA’s searchable list can help you avoid greenery that can be problematic for your pet.
Practice safe fertilizing.
Fertilizer is great food for plants, but not for pets. Follow fertilizer directions carefully and keep your pet away from treated areas for the recommended amount of time.
Watch the weed killer.
Like fertilizer, garden helpers like weed killers or insecticides can be harmful to pets. Read the instructions closely and keep your pet away from these substances.
Store garden tools safely.
Don’t leave implements like rakes, hoes, tillers or trowels around your lawn. Your pet could accidentally step on them or get injured while trying to play with them.
Take care with compost.
Composting is a great way to recycle waste, but the materials in compost—such as moldy foods, coffee and various fruits and vegetables—can harm your pet.