PET TIP: Gardening Safety Tips

In response to COVID-19, the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus has temporarily suspended adoption services, and all adoptable animals have been moved to the Green Bay and Milwaukee campuses. To learn about WHS’s response to COVID-19, visit Until adoption services resume, WHS will provide tips to help pets stay healthy and happy. 

Whether you have created your own garden or walk your dog past gorgeous landscaping, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to plant safety for pets. 

There are hundreds of plants that are toxic for animals to ingest. If they eat the wrong one, they could end up with abdominal issues or convulsions, in a coma or even die. Do thorough research before planting in your own yard – especially if you like to clip flowers and take them inside – and don’t let your animals nibble on any plants outdoors. 

You’ll also want to think about mulch, insecticides and fertilizers when planning and tending a garden. Cocoa-bean mulch is very toxic, but pine, cedar and hemlock are all safer options. Insecticides and pesticides are all dangerous, so you’ll want to find one that’s less harmful and follow the instructions on the label carefully. Lastly, there are many types of fertilizers that pose less of a threat to your animal, so look for a package that says “pet friendly.” 

If your pet does ingest an item that you think may be dangerous, contact your veterinarian immediately.