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Protecting Your Pets from Poisons in the Yard and Garden

JOPLIN, Mo. -- As people start gardening this spring, vets are reminding pet owners to take precautions with hazardous products and plants.
JOPLIN, Mo. -- As people start gardening this spring, vets are reminding pet owners to take precautions with hazardous products and plants. Cocoa bean mulch can be dangerous to pets, similar to chocolate. Even compost can be toxic to furry friends and should be fenced off.

As organics decompose, mold begins to grow, which produces hazardous toxins. Products like slug and snail baits can be very toxic for dogs as well. One Joplin vet tell us pet owners should also make sure to keep their pest controls up off the ground so pets can not accidentally get into them.

"Carbonates or any kind of phosphates that are out there, you see those used in the spring time to kill different kinds of bugs, those can be bad for cats. So your seven dust and things like that, people start getting that stuff out, they're not putting it on yet but they're not putting it up. Those are real toxic to cats," said Dr. Ben Leavens, Main Street Pet Care Vet.

He adds an Easter lily is one of the most poisonous spring plants for cats and dogs. One bite can even be fatal to a cat.

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