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Vet Tip: Common Garden Items That May Be Harmful To Pets

Dr. Melissa Meehan gives us a few tips to help keep your buddy safe outdoors...

Gardens can be the perfect place for your pets to enjoy the great outdoors. However, they can also be danger zones for a curious cat or dog. Dr. Melissa Meehan tells us about some common hazards that may be making your garden unsafe for your pets...

  • Do not use snail bait in your garden. Snail bait is the No 1 cause of accidental poisoning in dogs, which can result in seizures, and even death. Snail bait can come in pellets or liquid form, but both are highly toxic to dogs. Even one teaspoon of snail bait can be fatal. If you suspect your dog has consumed snail bait, take them to a vet or animal hospital immediately.
  • Plant bulbs can also be highly toxic to our pets. They might look like a chew toy to a playful puppy but chomping on plant bulbs can cause your dog to suffer from diarrhoea, nausea or skin allergies.
  • Lilies and cats can be a deadly combination that can result in feline kidney disease. Never allow your cat to chew on lily leaves or lick pollen, which can prove to be a fatal to our feline friends. Do not grow or bring home cut lilies if you have a cat.

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.