As autumn begins, horse chestnut conkers will fall to the ground and wild mushrooms will sprout up all over forests, parks and people?s gardens. While this abundance of fungi and conkers can be a pleasant autumnal sight, it can prove deadly to cats and dogs ? even in household gardens.
According to findings from MORE TH>N, over three quarters of Britain?s gardens contain plants that are toxic to cats and dogs. With such a large proportion containing toxic plants it?s perhaps no surprise that almost 10% of cats and dogs have fallen ill after ingesting the dangerous plant life. Of those, 43% subsequently needed urgent veterinary care, while 15% sadly passed away.
MORE TH>N is directly calling on plant producers, manufacturers of garden products and retailers to provide clearer labelling to help pet owners easily identify if items are safe or harmful to cats and dogs ? something that 86% of cat and dog owners would like to see.
John Ellenger, head of pet insurance at MORE TH>N, commented: ?The MORE TH>N Pet Safe campaign?allows us to raise awareness of the dangers of plants that are poisonous to cats and dogs. The campaign is about taking direct and immediate action ? by both urging suppliers and retailers of garden plants and flowers to provide clear ?pet safe? labelling, while also better educating pet owners on the issue.
?Through this campaign we?ll be arming pet owners with the practical advice and information they need to identify safe and dangerous plants, to recognise the symptoms of poisoning ? and what to do in that eventuality ? and above all to reduce the likelihood of their beloved pets becoming ill in the first place.?
To date, over 30 Members of Parliament have supported MORE TH>N?s aims for clearer labelling.?For more information on the campaign petition please visit:?https://www.change.org/p/uk-government-protect-our-pets-through-clearer-labelling-of-plants-flowers-and-seeds