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Poisionous plants and labrador puppy

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peridito Sun 19-May-19 13:03:07

I've posted in gardening and now here for extra ( hopefully ) reassurance .
We live in a house divided into 2 flats ,young couple in ground floor flat have recently got a 5 month old labrador . I'm worried that it might manage to get into our garden which is beyond theirs and come to harm .
Yesterday I bought some foxglove seedlings and having googled find that they are v poisionous .And so are several other common garden plants which we already have .

The puppy is keen on nosing the ground and has been digging up snails - their dog walker has told them how dangerous this is and I'm sure they will discourage - but I can see that the lovely puppy is keen on trying to get stuff into her mouth .

Am I being silly in worrying ? Will she grow out of the current behaviour ? It's unlikely she'd get out but not impossible ,previous owners had a dog which managed .

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BiteyShark Sun 19-May-19 13:43:43

I have posionous plants in my garden. I supervised my puppy when younger and as an adult he shows no interest in them except for eating grass.

It's up to your neighbour to securely fence off their garden so it cannot escape. Whilst it's nice that you are worrying it really isn't something to concern yourself unless you plan on having the dog in yours and then I recommend supervision.

AvocadosBeforeMortgages Sun 19-May-19 13:55:28

Honestly, I wouldn't consider this to be your responsibility. You're not responsible for the health of uninvited animal visitors; they're responsible for keeping their dog out of your garden.

I don't worry about what plants might be poisonous to neighbourhood cats, and I wouldn't expect my neighbours to worry about what might be poisonous to my dog.

mrsjoyfulprizeforraffiawork Sun 19-May-19 14:08:44

Nice that you are thinking of the puppy's welfare. I wouldn't leave slug pellets, etc out or spray with anything unsafe for animals in case it chews any plants you've sprayed. The Kennel Club have this list of poisonous plants to dogs:
Not included on their list is Hellebores, which I understood to be poisonous to dogs.
Having said that, my (adult) dog is a bit of a plant chewer and has not yet come to harm though there are several things from the list in the garden. A previous dog, which I had from a puppy, never came to any harm in our garden either (and pretty sure we, unwittingly, had several poisonous-to-dogs plants at the time).

AvocadosBeforeMortgages Sun 19-May-19 15:07:02

Or if, like me, you're unwilling to sacrifice the garden to slugs, avoid metaldehyde (very very toxic) and opt for ferric phosphate ones instead - not completely non toxic but a dog would have to eat a much larger quantity to come to harm.

peridito Sun 19-May-19 18:14:19

Thanks all .They're a lovely young couple downstairs and we're all under the same roof so I suppose I'm just very aware .

I'm not using slug pellets ,have applied copper tape on a couple of pots so we'll see . Bet the foxgloves don't make it to maturity anyway smile

And she's a v sweet fox coloured lab .

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