Best Puppy Tips: Top 10 Plants Poisonous to Pets

Written by Senior Editor Peter Gehr

Best puppy tips: top 10 plants poisonous to pets may come as a surprise to a lot of people, and these plants are quite common in gardens across the country. The effects of these plants can be serious, and some have resulted in the loss of pets. Realizing that many homes feature these plants and some are very popular worldwide, I felt compelled to share these details as it would be important to be aware of these dangers.

I’m not suggesting that you should panic and run to your garden with a shovel and dig up any plant on this list, but it sure helps to have the knowledge of the consequences if your pet happens to come into contact with one of them.

Golden Retriever. Best Puppy Tips: Top 10 Plants Poisonous to Pets

Golden Retriever. Best Puppy Tips: Top 10 Plants Poisonous to Pets

One practical step may be to be sure that your dog’s food bowl is nowhere near a plant that may shed its petals or foliage. Dogs are not as sensitive as cats when it comes to eating, and will just scarf down whatever is in the bowl.

Use common sense and if you’d rather be fully protected from harmful plants that may cause sickness (or worse) to your pets, perhaps a review of what you have planted in your garden is in order.

Best Puppy Tips: Top 10 Plants Poisonous to Pets

Autumn Crocus

1. Autumn Crocus

Azalea

2. Azalea

cyclamen

3. Cyclamen

Daffodils

4. Daffodils

Dieffenbachia

5. Dieffenbachia

Kalanchoe

6. Kalanchoe

Lilies

7. Lilies

Oleander

8. Oleander

Sago Palm

9. Sago Palm

Tulips

10. Tulips

To give you an example of one of the above listed plants poisonous to pets, the Sago Palm, which I see in many gardens and parks in my area, the dangers of this plant to a dog are alarming.

A veterinarian Steven Garner said,

“Among things that can kill pets it ranks higher than snake bites, car injuries and rabies and is on par with distemper, parvo heart and kidney disease and cancer,” he said. “The seed pods are the most toxic and only have to be mouthed by a dog or picked up by a kid to cause toxicity. Children have been found poisoned from casual contact.”

“The toxin attacks and kills liver cells and shuts down the digestive and excretory system.”

“Some animals, usually small ones with large exposure doses present with fulminating liver disease, hemorrhage and shock within 24 hours of ingestion,” Garner said. “These animals are difficult, but not impossible to save.”

“I have seen hundreds of Sago poisonings in my practice history and the frequency seems to be increasing,” Garner said. Source

A comprehensive list of all toxic and non-toxic plants can be found here at the ASPCA.

Take these best puppy tips: top 10 plants poisonous to pets and make the right choices in your garden for your pet, and be mindful when taking your dog for walks to parks or forests where some of these plants may be growing wild. Sago palm is particularly nasty, and, if you are in the process of planning your garden, then it may be advisable to look over this list carefully when considering your plant choices. Or, if you already have some of these in your back yard, it just may be a good time to rethink to protect your pet from future harm.

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Best Puppy Tips for Cleaning Dog Ears at Home

Written by Senior Editor Peter Gehr

Best Puppy Tips for Cleaning Dog Ears at Home

Best Puppy Tips for Cleaning Dog Ears at Home

The best puppy tips for cleaning dog ears at home start with regular inspections to make sure they are clean and do not smell unusual. It will be obvious if your puppy has a problem in his ears as he will shake his head in a wobbly fashion and scratch his ears often. The occasional scratching of his ears is normal, and nothing to worry about, but if you notice continual scratching, then there may very well be a problem.

However, early detection or prevention may avoid an issue developing, so make it a habit of looking into and smelling your dog’s ears. I find what works for me best is to schedule this inspection each week. I do it every Sunday evening just as a habit to make sure that my dog’s ear health remain in good condition.

If you are new to pet care, it may seem a little strange to be sniffing your dogs ears, but it’s part of owning a dog, and part of being a responsible and caring Alpha (pack leader).

Best Puppy Tips for Cleaning Dog Ears at Home

Choosing a Cleansing Product For Your Dog’s Ears

The foremost step in cleansing your pooch’s ears is to choose a good cleaning product. You can get one at a good wholesale dog supplies store. When selecting the cleansing solution, try not to pick a product that contains alcohol as one of the ingredients as it may sting insides of your doggie’s ears. On the other hand, an alcohol-containing product may work just fine if your dog has any threatening ear condition that can be soothed with a powerful disinfectant.

A soft cotton cloth and preferably an ear powder are some other things that you will need.

When to Clean Ears of Your Dog?

If your dog scratches his ears often, his ears smell bad, or when he shakes his head quite frequently lately, these are usually viable signs that you need to clean his ears. But this may also be an indication of an infection and may suggest that you should consult your vet.

Try starting your cleaning session when your pooch is relaxed, preferably after a meal or may be near the bedtime. Be gentle yet firm and help him stay calm. Cleansing process can be an odd experience for your dog but make sure that he is settled and you have all things ready with you at an arm’s length.

Step-by-Step Method to Clean Your Dog’s Ears

1. Gently turn the ear-flap (pinna) of your dog upwards. Once his ear canal is easily visible, put a few drop of ear cleansing solution in your pooch’s ear and slightly massage his ear flap between the base of his ear and your thumb or forefingers for 20-30 seconds. This allows the cleansing solution to seep deeper inside the ear.

2. Your pet may shake his head to get the extra solution off him. Let him do that and once he calms down, proceed with the next step.

3. Remove extra debris and wax that may have surfaced due to the solution and shaking with the help of a soft cotton cloth. Do not try to insert anything in the ear canal.

4. Fold back the ear-flaps of your dog when you are done and let his ear canals go dry. After around five minutes, put in some ear drying powder in his ears and your job is done.

Regular cleansing sessions of your pooch’s ears help evade many ear problems and may save you many avoidable vet visits in the future. Hearing is one of the strongest senses for dogs and must be cared for properly. Click here to visit the original source of this post

These are some of the best puppy tips for cleaning dog ears at home, and being that your puppy relies on you like a child relies on parents, it’s imperative to provide the best possible care you can in order to keep your pet in good health. Regularity is key and using systematic methods will help you to become an experienced and caring dog owner.

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