Gardens are beautiful havens for humans but can also harbor toxic garden dangers to our pets. Many plants, mulch, fertilizer, and pesticides commonly found in gardens can be toxic to cats, dogs, and horses. Symptoms can range from vomiting, diarrhea, organ failure, depression, and worse.

Below are SIX common but toxic garden dangers for pets, including cats, dogs, and horses.

Oleander (Nerium oleander): Highly Toxic

Oleander is a popular ornamental shrub known for its beautiful flowers. Ingesting any part of the plant can cause severe gastrointestinal issues, colic, drooling, heart problems, and even death. The danger is significant for dogs, cats, and horses, making it essential to avoid planting oleander if you have pets.

Also known as Rose-Bay.

The Oleander Shrub is Toxic to Pets

Did you know there’s an ASPCA mobile app for 300+ everyday hazards for pets with information about the severity and critical next steps for both iOS and Android?

Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta): Extremely Toxic

Sago palms are another popular garden plant, especially in warmer climates. If any part of the plant is ingested by either a dog, cat, or horse (or just 1-2 seeds, which are even more toxic), it can affect the nervous system, cause gastrointestinal tract bleeding, liver failure, and even death. So, if you have pets, avoiding sago palms altogether is best.

Also known as Coontie Palm, Cardboard Plam, Cycads and Zamias.

A Toxic Sago Palm

Azaleas (Ohodedendron species)

These flowering shrubs are common due to their beautiful blooms. However, they contain substances called grayanotoxins, which can cause vomiting (not in horses), diarrhea, weakness, and severe cardiovascular issues in pets. Both dogs and cats are at risk, and horses can also suffer similar symptoms if they ingest this toxic garden danger.

Also known as Rosebay and Rhodeodendron.

A Beautiful but Toxic Azalea

Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis): Severe Risk

Lily of the Valley is a charming plant with delicate white flowers. Still, it contains cardiac glycosides, which can cause heart arrhythmias, digestive problems, low blood pressure, seizures, colic, and even death. Cats are particularly susceptible, but dogs and horses are also at high risk. If you have pets, you should avoid all kinds of lilies to protect your pets.

Immediately consult with your veterinarian or poison control if you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic!

Lily of the Valley is a Toxic Danger to Pets

Buttercups (Ranunculus species)

Buttercups may look innocent with their bright yellow flowers, but they contain an irritant compound called protoanemonin, which is toxic to pets. Ingesting buttercups can cause drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and even skin irritation in dogs, cats, and horses. Monitor your pets to ensure they don’t munch on these seemingly harmless flowers.

Also known as Butter Cress and Figwort.

The Dangerous Buttercups

Another Common Garden Risk: Cocoa Mulch

Gardeners often use cocoa mulch for its attractive appearance and pleasant smell. However, it contains theobromine, a toxic substance to dogs, cats, and even horses. Ingesting cocoa mulch can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, muscle tremors, seizures, and even death. If you have pets, choosing a safer mulch option without cocoa beans (or dyes) is best.

ASPCA 24-Hour Emergency Poison Hotline: 888-426-4435.
(A consultation fee may apply.)


Gardening can be a joyful and therapeutic activity, but we should be aware of the potential toxic garden dangers to our pets. Keeping our gardens safe for our pets requires vigilance and knowledge. By being aware of these common toxic dangers, we can protect our beloved cats, dogs, and horses while enjoying the beauty of our outdoor spaces.

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In the world of pet and horse grooming, the focus on sustainability and eco-friendly products is increasingly becoming an important option for consumers. Below, learn how EquiGroomer is committed to protecting the planet from plastic pollution and microplastics.

Sustainable Materials: Wood and Metal

Since its very first grooming tool, EquiGroomer committed to making its handles out of high-quality and sustainable wood. This reduces reliance on non-renewable resources and promotes the health of our forest ecosystems. Using wood also keeps the grooming tool lightweight, durable, and easy to handle.

In addition, recyclable metal blades are used to avoid contributing to microplastic pollution when plastic fibers are shed during use. The metal blades are fully recyclable and are not added to our burgeoning landfills.

The EasyGroomer with Wood Handles and a Metal Bladetion

But why are these choices so important? Keep reading to learn more about plastic pollution and “forever” microplastics.

“We’re a small company, and in our own way, we’re doing what we can to protect our planet!”

(Cheryl Dauphin, Founder, EquiGroomer LLC)

Microplastics: 101

Many grooming tools have plastic parts, which, despite efforts to recycle plastic, end up in landfills for many years.

According to National Geographic, a recent study revealed 91 percent of plastic waste is accumulating in landfills or littering the natural environment!

A Large Turtle Trying to Move Over Discarded Plastics on a Beach

This is creating a mind-boggling issue for generations to come. How? Depending on its molecular compounds, plastics can take 20 to 500 years to decompose through photodegradation from the sun’s UV rays.

But plastics never entirely disappear; they just become smaller. Worse, these plastic particles (known as “microplastics,” roughly the thickness of a pencil lead (~5 mm)) can absorb toxins and continue negatively affecting the environment, including the air, water, soil, wildlife, ecosystems, and even our bodies for generations! (Source:

“It has been estimated that humans ingest a credit card
worth of plastic per week!

Studies show people “are actually eating … about 70,000 microplastic particles every year!” (Source:

No wonder it’s been said that “plastic is forever.”

Gray and White Cat Licking Water from Faucet

July is National Pet Hydration Awareness Month!

With the higher summer temperatures and increased activity,
all pet owners must ensure their dogs, cats, horses, and other companion animals drink plenty of fresh, cool water!

Learn about pet hydration, how to keep your pet hydrated, the signs of dehydration and how to perform a simple skin test HERE!

Microplastics: Shocking Facts!

ZME Science reveals some shocking facts about these “forever” microplastics!

  • Millions of tons of plastic enter our ecosystems every year.
  • Creatures in our bodies of water easily ingest microplastics.
  • Every time we wash clothes, microplastics are released into the environment.
  • Microplastics have been found at the highest mountain peak, Mount Everest, and the deepest, coldest oceans.
  • If you drink coffee in a plastic cup, you ingest microplastics.
  • Plastic particles in the placentas were found in healthy, normal pregnancies.
  • Have allergies? It may be from ingested or inhaled microplastics!

We can no longer deny microplastics are invading our planet and our bodies! So how do we work toward a greener future?

Looking Ahead: A Greener Future

Protecting our planet from plastic pollution and forever microplastics requires a multi-faceted approach from everyone! We all can make a significant impact by:

  • Reducing plastic consumption.
  • Managing waste effectively.
  • Choosing natural fibers and materials.
  • Avoiding products with microbeads.
  • Supporting legislation.
  • Raising awareness and
  • Promoting scientific research.

Every step contributes to a healthier, cleaner, and more sustainable planet. Our choices today will shape the future of our environment, and together, we can combat the pervasive problem of plastic pollution and microplastics.

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If you’re anything like me, animals in need pull at my heartstrings! But how can you help those animals without being scammed?

Scams Are All Too Common

According to CNBC in 2021, in the previous 12 months, almost 1 in 3 Americans (roughly 59.4 million Americans) have been victimized by a phone scam and 19% were victimized more than once!

In 2014, scams affected 17.6 million Americans rising
to a shocking 59.4 million Americans in 2021!

A dog in need looking through a wire fence
Shelter Dog Looking through Wire Fence

Sadly, scamming has also affected the most vulnerable including animals in need. Probably because scammers know their potential victims are easier to manipulate when it comes to heartbreaking stories and images of helpless animals.

Before you get swept up in a potentially fraudulent scam, use the 9 tips below to protect yourself, your heart and your bank account when supporting animals in need!

Read Susan’s cautionary tale about being scammed
for “shelter dogs!”

9 Tips to Avoid Being Scammed over Animals in Need

Woman doing research on a laptop
Woman Doing Research on a Laptop
  1. When thinking about donating to a cause, make sure you do your research before pulling out your checkbook or credit card! Never make a quick decision based solely on your heightened emotions; scammers expect you to do that!
  2. Be on high alert for “causes” that suddenly pop up in reference to a well-publicized crisis, disaster or emergency.
  3. Only give to registered public 501(c)(3) organizations. A legitimate non-profit will always be able to provide its EIN (Employer Identification Number). Ask for it and if they cannot provide it, keep your money!
  4. Remember, it’s easy to publish a website and it proves nothing! Make sure the EIN number is clearly noted on their website before making any donation.
  5. Always do your research instead of just being swayed by emotional pictures. Images do not prove a cause or organization is legitimate! Use independent evaluator platforms to ensure the charity you are considering is a lawful entity.
  6. Always donate through the non-profit’s official channels, not an individual.
  7. Non-profits will always offer various secure payment options. If payments are requested in cash, gift cards or wire transfers, run the other way!
  8. It is common practice to ask for an official receipt (with the printed name and address of the charity) for tax purposes. If the organization does not want to give you a receipt, put away your checkbook or card!
  9. Get recommendations from pet professionals for legitimate organizations that genuinely help animals in need.

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Finding Legitimate Animal Charities

Woman's hands holding cash
Woman Holding Out a Handful of Cash

It’s always wonderful to pay it forward and help those in need, including animals! But make sure you are also keeping yourself safe before donating. If you’re looking for a new non-profit to support, do some research online first.

These are some of the most well-known organizations dedicated to supporting animals in need: ASPCA, The Humane Society of the United States, The American Humane Society and Best Friends Animal Society.

But of course, there are other animal charities you can support! The resources below can help. But remember, no matter which resource you use do your research on the actual non-profit so you understand:

  • How much of your money is helping the animals (versus admin and overhead costs); and
  • Exactly where your donation is going.

Here are some current 2022 resources to also check out:

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For Dogs, Cats, Bunnies, Horses, other pets and livestock!

We guarantee your animal will
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