Pet owners urged to keep dogs away from toxic houseplants

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Most people are aware that chocolate is bad for dogs.

Yet, it seems that many pet owners don't realise that some popular plants can be toxic to them too, with new research conducted by the team at charity Guide Dogs finding that over half of all dogs in the U.K. - equating to around 7.8 million animals - are exposed to poisonous plants in their very own gardens.

And though many are at risk, only a third of owners know to keep their eyes on their dogs while they sniff around the backyard, with daffodils, tulips, clematises, geraniums, hydrangeas, bluebells, snowdrops, rhododendrons, irises, and azaleas proving to be the 10 most popular plants that pose a risk to pooches.

In addition, experts also advised owners to watch out for substances such as insecticides and poisons used in targeting weeds or slugs.

"It is important owners put your dog's welfare front of mind when planning a garden," said Dr. Helen Whiteside, head of research at Guide Dogs. "As much as you would consider light and soil type when buying plants, ensure you think of dog-friendliness too. Our canine companions are curious by nature and explore the world through their hypersensitive sense of smell and taste - if you invite a dog to share your home you have to ensure it is a safe space for them too. Make sure you check the labels carefully and do your research on what plants will work best."

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