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DEATH BEDS; Poison plants alert.

Byline: Pamela Owen

GARDENS are alive with eye-catching blooms - but natures's own summer show could kill our cats and dogs.

Daisies, foxgloves, marigolds and geraniums are among the common plants and flowers that could be poisonous to pets if eaten.

Celebrity gardener Charlie Dimmock wants to warn owners. Puppies are at particular risk because of their playful nature and small size.

Charlie said: "Everyone is now going to their garden centre to buy bedding plants. Pet owners should avoid geraniums, marigolds and dahlias. Go instead for sunflowers, fuchsia, African daisies and busy Lizzies."

If animals eat toxic plants it could lead to anything from drooling and tummy aches to deadly damage to the nervous system, kidneys and liver.

And, worryingly, four in every five gardens contains them. Daisies and clematis are found in a third of all gardens, with geraniums in a quarter and marigolds in a fifth.

Charlie said: "We don't want people to go round ripping up all their plants. What we are saying is to be aware and if your puppy is chomping at a particular plant, know to stop him and then keep an eye on him."

More Than insurance company is also campaigning for plant producers, manufacturers of garden products and retailers to provide better labelling.


Spokesman Phil Wilson-Brown said: "Our campaign is about taking direct action by urging suppliers to provide clear, pet-safe labelling, while also educating pet owners on the issue."

A poll of 2,000 owners found one in three had no idea if the plants and flowers in their gardens were toxic.

One in 12 pets had eaten poisonous plants, with almost half of those needing urgent veterinary care - and 15 per cent dying.

Toxic plants: Asiatic lily, asparagus fern, begonia, box, calla lily, cherry laurel, clematis, cordyline, chrysanthemum, daisy, daffodil bulbs, dahlia, delphinium, elderberry, eucalyptus, flax, foxglove, geranium, grape plant, green seed potatoes, hydrangea, ivy, lobelia, lupin, marigold, nerium oleander, peony, plantain lily, poppy, privet hedge, tomato plant, verbena, wisteria, yew tree.


FENCED OFF: Charlie Dimmock in plot with plants that harm pets

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jun 21, 2015
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