Dog owners warned 65% of pets exposed to poisonous plants in own gardens

MORE than half of dogs in the UK are exposed to poisonous plants in their own gardens, according to new research.

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Research by Guide Dogs found that 65 percent of dogs in the UK have poisonous plants in their gardens. The survey by the charity also found that 44 percent of owners are not aware which flowers are harmful to their pets if ingested.

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Daffodils, Tulips and Clematis are the most common poisonous plants in gardens at 33 percent, 23 percent and 20 percent respectively, according to the research.Geraniums and Hydrangeas are found in 19 percent of gardens, with Bluebells in 18 percent and Snowdrops in 17 percent.Rhododendrons, Irises and Azaleas complete the top 10 most popular plants in gardens that pose a risk to dogs at 13 percent, 12 percent and 11 percent respectively.

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Research by Guide Dogs found that 65% of dogs in the UK have poisonous plants in their gardens (Image: GETTY)

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The survey found that 44% of owners are not aware which flowers are harmful to their pets if eaten (Image: GETTY)

The survey found that 48 percent of dog owners are gardening more than ever.

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But only 50 percent consider whether flowers are poisonous to their pet before planting them.

Meanwhile, 32 percent have caught their dogs eating plants before.

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The survey found that 48 percent of dog owners are gardening more than ever (Image: GETTY)

Symptoms of poisoning from plants can include sickness, diarrhoea, excessive drooling, lethargy and difficulty swallowing.

Dr Helen Whiteside, head of research at Guide Dogs, said: “As we ready ourselves for the August bank holiday spent in the back garden hosting family and friends, gardening fever kicks in, but it’s important owners put your dog’s welfare front of mind when planning a garden.

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“As much as you would consider light and soil type when buying plants, ensure you think of dog-friendliness too.

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"Our canine companions are curious by nature and explore the world through their hypersensitive sense of smell and taste – if you invite a dog to share your home you have to ensure it is a safe space for them too.

"Make sure you check the labels carefully and do your research on what plants will work best.”

Guide Dogs is also urging owners to be aware of substances including insecticides and slug pellets which can potentially be toxic to dogs.

Stay consistent with training, play time and rest time for your pets so they don’t get too overwhelmed. Your calm and consistent demeanor will help your pet to understand that they can trust you. Once you earn their trust, understand the schedule, and feel secure in their safe place, both of your lives will be much easier.

And the charity warns dogs can suffer from hay fever.

Guide Dogs carried out the research as part of its 90th-anniversary celebrations which include an Artisan Garden at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

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