How to keep your pup safe in the garden this summer – Dr Marvin J.Firth’s top tips!

With Summer now in full swing, the garden is our go-to place, meaning; al-fresco dinners, garden parties and letting our dogs enjoy the outside space. However, the garden poses risks that we may not have even considered. Dr Marvin J.Firth gives us his top tips on what to look out for in your garden and how to protect them from harm’s way! Dr.J.Firth is a top Veterinary Surgeon and knows exactly how to keep cool and carry on if this situation occurs!

We all agree having flowers and plants is essential for a picture perfect outdoor space. We also know how disappointing it is if our pets decide to taste them, but it’s important to know what specific plants could potentially be hazardous.

  1. The most toxic plants include; Crocus, Cyclamen and Azalea.
  2. The bulbs of common plants such as Daffodils and Tulips can also be threatening if ingested. In very extreme cases, these can be fatal.
  3. Common plants such as Foxglove and Oleander contain compounds which affect heart and muscle function.
  4. Any chemicals used such as pesticides, paints and preservatives should be kept out of contact with your four-legged friend.


Although, do not fear if you are a dog and plant lover- these are just things to look out for and doesn’t mean your pup can’t roam freely in the garden! Consider these steps to reduce any health risks:

  1. Plant any of these plants in pots away from the ground- this can also add a wonderful decorative touch to your garden!
  2. As the bulbs of daffodils and tulips are harmful to your adventurous dog, try planting them in window boxes.
  3. There are informative resources online which can let you know which plants are safe for your dog, for example, (
  4. If you ever have any doubts, contact your vet and they will advise the best course of action to take, and often suggest a clinical examination.
  5. Try and isolate the plant which your pup may have taken a bite of and take it to the vet with you! This will make it quicker and easier to identify the problem.
  6. Do not give your dog anything such as salt, aspirin or milk as this can actually cause adverse effects, sometimes worse than the plant itself!

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