WITH summer finally here, and the nation’s gardens in full bloom, Dogs Trust has revealed top ways to make yours dog friendly.

Whilst lockdown may have given the green fingered among us extra time to tend to their gardens, it’s important to remember that certain plants and flowers can be harmful to dogs if eaten.

The UK’s largest dog welfare charity says plants such as foxgloves, hydrangea, wisteria, larkspur, chrysanthemums and even tomato plants are not dog friendly and can be toxic if eaten.

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However, plants such as rosemary, lavender, fennel and dill are non-toxic, but Dogs Trust warns that any plant can cause issues if dogs eat a lot of it.

Whether you have acres of land, a patio or small balcony, Dogs Trust is advising dog owners of the poisonous plants to watch out for when sprucing up your garden.

The charity is also advising owners to be on the lookout for any signs their dog may be sensitive or allergic to certain plants – signs such as overzealous scratching, excessive licking and biting of paws, or even weeping or inflamed eyes.

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It tells owners to check their dog’s coat, skin and ears regularly to look for redness and irritation, to identify any early changes that may need veterinary attention.

Paula Boyden, Dogs Trust Veterinary Director said: “Whilst many people will have been sprucing up their gardens during lockdown, as dog lovers we need to be mindful of the risks that some plant types can pose to our canine companions.

“You can still have a beautiful garden if you have a dog, but just be aware that certain plants and flowers can be harmful to dogs due to the toxins if eaten.

“If you have any plants in the house make sure that they are kept up high, out of your dog’s reach.

“If you think that your dog may have ingested garden plants or is showing signs of being unwell, speak to your vet immediately.”

Tips have been issued by the charity to help dog owners make their gardens a fun and safe place for their companions.

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These include keeping your dog safe by making sure your garden is secure – for instance by checking the heights of fences and any gaps dogs might be able to wriggle through.

It also suggests providing a variety of textures in your garden for extra sensory stimulation by using items such as non-toxic sand, grass, wood chippings or gravel.

Creating a fun area for your dog to dig and play and ensuring there is a shaded spot for them to rest are also suggested.