how to care for your dog and what not to let dogs eat

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Keeping your dog safe

  • Ensure your garden is escape proof – most larger dogs can jump or scale fences under two metres high.

  • Always keep your dog on a short (not an extending) lead near roads and livestock.

  • Lock away all medicines, cleaning products and dangerous chemicals.

  • Keep all chocolate, cocoa powder, raisins, grapes and macadamia nuts shut away, as these are poisonous to dogs.

  • Do not use cocoa shell mulch in your garden as this can cause illness and death.

  • Do not use rat poison, slug pellets, weedkillers, fertilizers (especially bonemeal) or  insecticides that are dangerous to dogs.

  • Use a car harness, crate or fitted case when travelling in the car.

  • Do not let your dog hang its head out of an open car window.

  • Never leave your dog in a warm or hot car (even with the windows open) as it could suffer very quickly from heatstroke.

  • Always take care to make sure your dog cannot run out of an open front door or escape through an open window.

  • Never leave your dog alone tied up outside a shop in case it gets stolen.

  • Keep your dog inside on fireworks night, and keep it on a lead when outside.

There are many house and garden plants that are poisonous to dogs, here are some of the most common ones: 

  • amaryllis bulbs

  • asparagus fern

  • azalea

  • cyclamen

  • daffodil bulbs

  • day lilies

  • delphiniums

  • foxgloves

  • hemlock

  • hyacinth

  • hydrangea

  • ivy

  • laburnum

  • lilies

  • lily of the valley

  • lupins

  • mistletoe

  • morning glory

  • nightshade

  • oleander

  • poinsettia

  • rhododendron

  • rhubarb leaves

  • sweet pea

  • tulip bulbs

  • umbrella plant

  • wisteria

  • yew

  • and some berries, mushrooms and toadstools

 If your dog chews or eats any of these, seek veterinary help immediately

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