Dog owners warned of harmful plants

Marks &Spencer Pet Insurance is warning dog owners of plants that are potentially dangerous if their pets come into contact with them.

Keeping animals away from some potentially harmful flowers and vegetables can help them stay healthy and prevent the need for a costly trip to the vet, according to the firm.

Owners are being advised to keep their pets away from daffodils, as all parts of the plant are toxic if consumed. Animals who have swallowed daffodils may suffer from vomiting, diarrhoea and staggering. Tomato plants can cause intestinal problems in dogs, while rhubarb leaves may also result in these symptoms, as well as breathing difficulties and trembling.

Clare Scantlebury, deputy operations manager at Vetfone, a service which provides 24-hour help for animal owners, said: “Pet owners need to be aware of the hidden dangers as they take their furry friends out in the warmer weather.”

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