The frost is gone and gardeners are planting their vegetable and flower gardens. To have a healthy crop of vegetables and flowers we protect our edible foods with insecticides, pesticides, and herbicides and unfortunately pet owners find these garden chemicals toxic to our cats and toxic to our dogs.
The winter months had us dreaming of fresh crispy greens of lettuce, firm cucumbers, and juicy sweet ripe tomatoes covered with our favorite salad dressing. We visualized the center piece on our dining table filled with cut flowers.
Humans and pets both cannot escape an environment filled with toxins of herbicides, pesticides, and insecticides. The benefits for food production, lawn and flower growth outweigh the side effects of these man-made or natural chemicals.
Relief can be obtained by adding nutritional supplements to both human and pet diets to encourage a healthy immune system and to replace or increase essential nutrients lacking in foods and beverages.
You may disagree or agree with me about supplements, however, they can be a tremendous asset to combat the toxins in our air, water, and food. Many man-made eating utensils, clothing, furniture, and other material products contain toxins.
The annual shots are due for my dog in June. It is worth giving dogs and cats these necessary vaccinations to help ward off deadly diseases. But, then again, vaccines have been overused or given unnecessarily resulting in immune systems being weakened.
The best dog food which you purchase may also lack the proper nutrients which your pet needs. The cooking, canning or packaging preparation of pet foods may destroy nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. The preservatives, artificial coloring and flavorings, and additives handicap these foods. There is no perfect commercial dog or cat food.
Those of us who believe in home cooked foods feel that we have better control of providing necessary nutrients with fresh meats, vegetables, carbohydrates and necessary minerals and vitamins to keep our pets healthy.
Pet owners can prevent many nutritional deficient diseases with proper nutrition and supplements. It is better for the owner and the pet to experience healthy results with good nutrition than to be seeing the vet and caring for diseases after the fact.
Garden chemicals are toxic to our cats and toxic to our dogs. We owe it to ourselves to combat these chemicals with the best nutrition and supplements which we can provide for our pets.
If you are planting a garden this year please consider the toxicity of these vegetable plants for cats:
- Egg plants
- Bell peppers
- Other varieties of nightshade plants
Vegetable plants toxic to dogs:
- Raw potatoes
- Eggplant – the plant, not the fruit
A small amount ingested will not cause harm, but too much at one serving or an accumulation of either of these toxic foods are dangerous for dogs and cats.