Keep your garden pet friendly

August 21, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Keep your garden pet-friendly. Jan McHugh-Smith, president of the San Francisco SPCA, has information toxic plants you should avoid to keep your pets safe.

Pet Friendly Gardening Tips

  • Know which plants are poisonous to animals (see a sample list below).
  • When possible, remove plants from areas your pets have access to.
  • Provide your cat with herbs they CAN chew on like oatgrass, alfalfa or wheat grass.
  • Train your pets not to chew on household plants. There is a spray called Bitter Apple, which will deter chewing.
  • Avoid non-organic plant fertilizers and pesticides. Choose organic alternatives such as compost or beneficial insects.
  • keep citronella candles, oil products and insect coils out of pets' reach

Toxic Plant List

This list has been gathered from a variety of sources, but is far from complete. Many plants can be grown both indoors and outdoors, so check each new plant that you bring into your home or garden to ensure that it's not toxic.

Amaryllis
Angels Trumpet
Azalea
Baneberry
Bittersweet
Black Locust
Blue Cohosh
Boxwood
Buttercup
Caladium
Carnation
Carolina Jasmine
Castor Bean
Chinaberry Tree
Chokecherry
Chrysanthemum
Cotoneaster
Creeping Charlie
Crocus
Daffodil
Deadly Nightshade
Delphinium
Dieffenbachia
Dumb Cane
Elderberry
Euonymus
Foxglove
Golden Chain
Hemlock
Holly
Horse Chestnut
Hyacinth
Hydrangea
Iris
Ivy
Jequirity Bean
Jerusalem Cherry
Jimson Weed
Jonquil
Lantana
Larkspur
Laurel (English)
Ligustrum (privet)
Lilly of the Valley
Marigold
Marijuana
Mistletoe
Monkshood
Morning Glory
Mountain Laurel
Narcissus
Oleander
Periwinkle
Philodendron
Poinsettia
Poison Ivy
Poison Oak
Poison Sumac
Pokeberry
Red Sage
Rhododendron
Rhubarb
Rosary Bean
Squill
String of Beads
Sweet Pea
Tallow Tree
Toadstools
Tobacco
Tomato Leaves
Toyon Leaves
Umbrella Plant
Vinca
Walnut (green)
Wisteria
Witch Hazel
Woodrose
Yaupon Tree
Yew

About Dog Days of Summer
Join the Westin St. Francis and The San Francisco SPCA to toast the Dog Days of Summer with your two- and four-legged friends. Help us officially announce the 2010 Bark & Whine Ball (produced and supported by Critter Lovers At Work, The SF/SPCA's fundraising arm) with fun and games for you and your pet.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Westin St. Francis Grand Ballroom
335 Powell Street, San Francisco
(Special red carpet entrance on Post between Powell & Mason)
Tickets: $25 each*

About Jan McHugh-Smith:
Jan McHugh-Smith, President, was appointed President of The San Francisco SPCA in February, 2007. She is only the eighth president in the Society's 141 year history, and the first woman to hold this position. Jan is a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare, with 23 years of extensive experience in the field. She began her career at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Colorado. From 1984 - 1987 she held several positions at this organization, including Humane Education Coordinator and ran Eagle County Animal Control from 1987-1990. She was Associate Director for HSBV from 1990 - 1995. In 1995 she was named CEO of the Humane Society, a position she held until joining The SF/SPCA. She holds a BS in Biology from the University of Southern Connecticut and a BA in Music from the University of Colorado.


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