Tuesday, 30 June 2015

MORE TH>N Pet Safe Campaign


Did you know that 78% of British gardens contain plants which are toxic to cats and dogs[1]?  I certainly didn't, and I'm not alone.  One in three pet owners (31%) admit that they have no idea if the plants and flowers in their garden are poisonous to their pets.  

Shocking findings show that four in every five gardens contain toxic plants, and nearly 10% of cats and dogs have ingested poisonous plants or flowers.  Of those, 43% needed urgent veterinary care, and sadly 15% passed away[2].

With the support of Charlie Dimmock (flashback to Ground Force!) MORE TH>N have launched their Pet Safe Campaign.  This campaign aims to raise the awareness of the dangers some plants pose.  And what better time to start a campaign like this - with the weather is (slowly) improving, and pets likely to be spending more time outside in the coming months.



Launched at the start of June at the Horniman Museum and Gardens - to kick start the Pet Safe Campaign - MORE TH>N commissioned RHS Gold Medal Winner Ian Drummond, to create the "world's most dangerous garden to cats and dogs".  The MORE TH>N Poisonous Pawtanical Garden will be moving to different locations throughout London with the help of the charity Core Landscapes.

NO DOGS (OR CATS) ALLOWED!




According to vet and consultant on the garden, Robert White-Adams, “As a nation of animal lovers we’ll do anything to not put our pets at harm. What this campaign reveals is the hidden dangers many of us wouldn’t even be aware of. Each plant has been chosen to show just how many common varieties can make our pets ill, or worse still, die if not treated immediately by a vet.”

As well as raising the awareness of the general public, MORE TH>N is campaigning for plant producers, manufacturers of garden products, and retailers to provide clearer labelling, so that pet owners can easily identify which plants are safe for cats and dogs. 

More information about this campaign can be found at www.morethan.com/pet-insurance/news/most-poisonous-garden.



Pet owners can also win free pet friendly flower seeds via MORE TH>N’s social media channels: www.facebook.com/morethan and www.twitter.com/morethan.

Here is a handy table of common toxic plants:


PLANT NAME

POISONOUS FOR CATS

POISONOUS FOR DOGS
ALOE VERA
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
AMARYLLIS (BULBS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
ANGELS TRUMPET (BRUGMANSIA)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
APPLE (SEEDS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
APRICOTS (KERNELS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
ASPARAGUS FERN
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
AVOCADO (FRUIT, PITH, LEAVES)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
AZALEA (ALL PARTS)
Rare
Heavy tick mark
BABY’S BREATH
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
BEGONIA
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
BIRD OF PARADISE (PODS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
BISHOP’S WEED
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
BLEEDING HEART (DICENTRA FORMOSA)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
BLUEBELL
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
BUXUS / BOX (ALL PARTS, MOSTLY LEAVES)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
CARNATION
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
CLEMATIS (ALL PARTS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
CORDYLINE (GRASS PALM)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
CROCUS (ALL)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
CHRYSANTHEMUM (ALL PARTS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
CYCLAMEN (FOLIAGE, FLOWERS, STEMS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
DAFFODIL (ALL PARTS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
DAISY
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
DAHLIA
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
DAPHNE (BERRIES, BARK, LEAVES)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
DEADLY NIGHTSHADE
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
DELPHINIUM (ALL PARTS ESPECIALLY THE SPROUTS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
ELEPHANTS EARS (LEAVES, STEMS, ROOTS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
ELDERBERRY (LEAVES, BARK, ROOTS AND BUDS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
EUCALYPTUS (ALL PARTS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
FOXGLOVE / DIGITALIS (LEAVES, STEMS, FLOWERS, SEEDS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
GARLIC
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
GARDENIA
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
GERANIUM (ALL PARTS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
GLADIOLA (BULBS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
GRAPE PLANT/VINE
N/a
Heavy tick mark
HELLEBORE
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
HIBISCUS
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
HOLLY (LEAVES, BERRIES & STEMS)
Heavy tick mark
Rare
HOSTA
Rare
Heavy tick mark
HYACINTH (BULBS, LEAVES, FLOWERS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
HYDRANGEA (ALL PARTS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
IRIS (BULBS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
IVY (ALL SPECIES – LEAVES, BERRIES)
Rare
Heavy tick mark
JAPANESE YEW (NEEDLES, SEEDS, BARK)
Rare
Heavy tick mark
LABURNUM (LEAVES AND SEEDS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
LARKSPUR (ALL PARTS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
LILLIES (ALL PARTS)
Heavy tick mark
N/a
LIME
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
LILY OF THE VALLEY (ALL PARTS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
LEOPARD LILY
N/a
Heavy tick mark
LOBELIA
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
LUPIN (ALL PARTS)
Rare
Rare
MALLOW
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
MARIGOLD (NEW LEAVES, STEMS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
MISTLETOE
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
MONKSHOOD/ ACONITE (ROOTS, FOLIAGE, SEEDS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
MORNING GLORY (ALL PARTS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
NARCISSUS (ALL PARTS) (DAFFODIL)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
OAK - ACORNS (ALL PARTS) 
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
OLEANDER (ALL PARTS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
ONION (ALL PARTS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
PERIWINKLE (ALL PARTS)
Heavy tick mark
Heavy tick mark
PEONY (FOLIAGE, FLOWERS)
Heavy tick mark

1.   Research conducted with OnePoll on behalf of MORE TH>N Insurance with 2,000 British homeowners that also have a garden. 78% of those polled had one or more of the plant varieties at The MORE TH>N Poisonous Pawtanical Garden in their own gardens.
2.   Research conducted by OnePoll on behalf of MORE TH>N Insurance with 2,000 cat and dog owners.


About MORE TH>N
MORE TH>N is the direct financial services arm of RSA. Established in 2001, the company offers car, home, pet, business and travel insurance.
About Core Landscapes
Core Landscapes is a community based horticultural project … that can move!
It works to transform otherwise unused temporary ‘meanwhile’ sites into vibrant, active, spaces for local community wellbeing. Areas include our well-stocked plant nursery, opportunities for local vegetable growing, education and training, up-cycling and events. All its growing is container based cleverly designed to withstand moves. Even our huge poly tunnel is designed within a movable framework. The project is anchored around this capacity to propagate plants creating a lovely community plant nursery sourcing other horticultural community initiatives.

*This is a sponsored post, however, having two cats myself, I feel that it is very important that people are aware of the dangers that some plants pose to our pets*
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3 comments:

  1. I literally had no idea that some plants were bad for pets!!! Totally passing this onto my dog lover friend's!! Tania xx taniamichele.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. I literally had no idea that some plants were bad for pets!!! Totally passing this onto my dog lover friend's!! Tania xx taniamichele.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Neither did I, so I was very interested in finding more out about this campaign! Surprising what is toxic too - onion and garlic plants?! I need to go and investigate my garden! Xx

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