A mother and her daughter are campaigning to make people aware
of the danger that lilies pose to pets this Mother's Day.
The pollen released by some types of lily can be highly
poisonous to cats, causing them kidney damage and death within a
few days. Sonia Barnett of Sussex received a Valentines bouquet and
three of her four cats died after ingesting lily pollen.
Now Ms Barnett and her daughter are campaigning to get florists
to display warning cards, so that people giving Mother's
Day bouquets don't unknowingly cause danger to cats in the
Some types of lily, such as the Trumpet Lily can also be
dangerous for dogs and there are many other flowers which can cause
problems to both cats and dogs.
You can get information from the Cats UK
charity on which plants and flowers are dangerous here.
Trust has guidance on dangerous substances, flowers and the
hazards of blue green algae here too.
What is Blue Green Algae? Why is It Dangerous To Dogs?
Blue green algae in ponds, rivers, canals or reservoirs can be
fatal for dogs, so watch out for it if you are walking your dog and
let them swim in freshwater.
Blue green algae usually forms during hot weather, which is when
dogs are more likely to jump into water to cool down. The algae
causes vomiting, convulsions and sometimes death.
Another thing to note on Mother's Day is that dogs can be
poisoned by chocolates too, so don't leave a box of chocolates open
when your doggie is around.
There is more information on foods and outdoor plants that are
hazardous to dogs on
the RSPCA website.
The Cost of Pet Care is Rising - How to Save on Pet
As many cat and dog owners find out, vet bills can be an extra
financial shock when you lose a pet, or it requires emergency
treatment because it has eaten poisonous flowers, or pollen.
It can cost thousands to have a vet treat a sick animal these
It's getting more expensive to find pet insurance, so
Watch My Wallet had a look at getting the best value
pet insurance here.