Poison Warnings for Pet Owners
Cocoa Mulch and Sago Palms can be deadly to cats and dogs. Please take note of this mulch and plant to protect your pet.
Word has spread on the Internet for the last couple of years regarding the toxic effects of cocoa mulch sold at most all home stores and large retailers. The warnings are true. The mulch is made from “waste shell from the extraction of chocolate from cocoa beans”. http://www.homeandgardendir.com/detail/6922/hershey-s-cocoa-mulch.html
The mulch contains a lethal to pets ingredient called ‘theobromine’. Just as chocolate is lethal to pets because of theobromine, so is the mulch. Avoid using this mulch in any yard.
A new concern to me is the toxic plant Sago Palm. VinNews reports that “a pet can die within hours of ingesting the plant.” The plants are popular in the yard in the south and as well are popular house plants all over the country. In a VIN discussion one veterinarian wrote “I swear, it seems to me that dogs are attracted to sago palms. In the cases of toxicity I see (several each year), it seems to be the only plant in the yard the dogs chew on. … I think we need to be more proactive in trying to warn owners they should not have these plants at all.” http://news.vin.com/vinnews.aspx?articleId=15474
Pictures of Sago Palms…
For a full list of plants that are toxic to pets visit the ASPCA Poison Control website; http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/plants/
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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