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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Keep Your Pet Safe

Beware: Insecticides and Plants can be Fatal to Pets. During spring and summer, it's all about your house and garden, and unfortunately, for those of you with small breed dogs and puppies, you should be aware there can be serious health problems resulting from the ingestion of insecticides and various plants.


Small dogs, puppies and kittens that are most vulnerable, with very tiny young immune systems that absolutely do not tolerate toxins, such as insecticides and some very popular, innocent looking plants.
Be especially careful before you decide to spray your house, or hire an exterminator. Do some research, check the internet, find out what the active ingredients are in the product you or your exterminator is using. Your precious animals are extremely vulnerable, and when living in another country like Mexico, we need to do the due diligence, and be responsible for our choices, no matter what anyone tells you.
Dr. Steven Hansen, veterinary toxicologist and ASPCA Senior Vice President, has done the research, and here is a list of plants that are the most common and potentially dangerous to your pets.

Lilies: Lilium is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants growing from bulbs, all with large prominent flowers. Lilies are a group of flowering plants which are important in culture and literature in much of the world. Wikipedia Sago Palm: Cycas revoluta, is a species of gymnosperm in the family Cycadaceae, native to southern Japan including the Ryukyu Islands. It is one of several species used for the production of sago, as well as an ornamental plant.Wikipedia
Tulip/Narcissus bulbs: The tulip is a Eurasian and North African genus of perennial, bulbous plants in the lily family. It is a herbaceous herb with showy flowers, of which around 75 wild species are currently accepted. Wikipedia Azalea/Rhododendron: Azaleas are flowering shrubs in the genus Rhododendron, particularly the former sections Tsutsuji and Pentanthera. Azaleas bloom in spring, their flowers often lasting several weeks. Shade tolerant, they prefer living near or under trees. Wikipedia


Oleander: Nerium oleander is shrub or small tree in the dogbane family Apocynaceae, toxic in all its parts. It is the only species currently classified in the genus Nerium.Wikipedia
Castor Bean: Ricinus communis, the castorbean or castor-oil-plant, is a species of perennial flowering plant in the spurge family, Euphorbiaceae. It is the sole species in the monotypic genus, Ricinus, and subtribe, Ricininae. Wikipedia

Cyclamen: Cyclamen is a genus of 23 species of perennial flowering plants in the family Primulaceae. Cyclamen species are native to Europe and the Mediterranean Basin east to Iran, with one species in Somalia. Wikipedia

Kalanchoe: Kalanchoe, or kal-un-KOH-ee, or kal-un-kee, also written Kalanchöe or Kalanchoë, is a genus of about 125 species of tropical, succulent flowering plants in the family Crassulaceae, mainly native to Madagascar and tropical Africa. Wikipedia

Amaryllis: Amaryllis is the only genus in the subtribe Amaryllidinae. It is a small genus of flowering bulbs, with two species.Wikipedia Autumn Crocus: Colchicum autumnale, commonly known as autumn crocus, meadow saffron or naked lady, is an autumn-blooming flower that resembles the true crocuses, but is a member of the Colchicaceae plant family, unlike ...Wikipedia

Chrysanthemum: Chrysanthemums, sometimes called mums or chrysanths, are flowering plants of the genus Chrysanthemum in the family Asteraceae. They are native to Asia and northeastern Europe. Wikipedia

English Ivy: Hedera helix is a species of flowering plant in the family Araliaceae, native to most of Europe and western Asia.Wikipedia

Peace Lily (AKA Mauna Loa Peace Lily): Spathiphyllum is a genus of about 40 species of monocotyledonous flowering plants in the family Araceae, native to tropical regions of the Americas and southeastern Asia. Certain species of Spathiphyllum are commonly known as Spath or peace lilies. Wikipedia

Pothos (Devil's ivy): Epipremnum aureum is a species of flowering plant in the family of Araceae, native in Mo'orea, French Polynesia.Wikipedia

Schefflera: Schefflera is a genus of flowering plants in the family Araliaceae. The plants are trees, shrubs or lianas, growing 1–30 metres tall, with woody stems and palmately compound leaves. The circumscription of the genus has varied greatly. Wikipedia


This list might shed some light on why your small dogs experience gastric problems, diarrhea and vomiting from time to time, with no rhyme or reason. Although not fatal, these symptoms might very well be related to these plants and most importantly to dangerous insecticides. Remember, small breeds, and young puppies and kittens are especially vulnerable.
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