We are all getting excited about being able to spend more time outside. The warmer weather is sure to have us enjoying our yards. For those of us who have pets, there are a few things to consider as we head into the summer.

Pet enjoy the outdoors as much as we do but they can often come in contact with unexpected dangers. They can get stung by bees just like humans and sometimes worse because they choose to eat the bees. They also can ingest a toxic plant and it is important you know what plant should be around your pets.

Where to Find a List of Outside Plants That Are Safe for Your Pet

Rover.com has a great list of outdoor plants that are safe for your pets, specifically dogs. Look over the list and see what plants you may have in your yard. Garden Design has also put together a list for both cats and dogs.

Humane Society of Bergen County/ LOST PET INC. via Facebook
Humane Society of Bergen County/ LOST PET INC. via Facebook
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Unfortunately, some of the most common garden plants can be toxic to your pet. The ASPCA has put together a very thorough list that not only includes dogs and cats but extends to other animals like horses. Knowing what is in your yard and garden is the first step then checking these lists is the next step.

Who Can Help You Plant a Pet-Friendly Yard

Before you buy plants for your outdoor garden check the links I shared above and if you have questions ask a Hudson Valley Plant specialist. Your local greenhouse will be able to tell you what you should and should plant if you have a cat, a dog, or a horse.

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Pet Safe, Toxic, and Poisonous Plants

These are examples of plants that are pet safe, toxic, and poisonous if ingested. It is not a complete list of every safe and non-safe plant.

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