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Moses says.......

“Moses Says…………”

Prevent Poisonings from your garden. Most people know not to eat digitalis or other poisonous plants, but our dogs and cats are not so smart. Puppies in particular like chew just about anything as they explore the world around them. if you are adding new plants to your garden this Spring, take a moment to consider whether your pet will have easy access to something less than great for their health. Perhaps fence or place these plants in places not accessible to your young pets.

 Are you properly storing lawn and garden pesticide containers? When you tidy up around the house, do you put food, liquor and tobacco products safely out of harm’s way? These precautions are second nature to households with children, but homes with animals must be just as secure.

There are neurological poisons found in lawn and garden pesticides, insecticidal aerosols. Signs of toxicity include apprehension, excessive salivation, urination, defecation, vomiting and diarrhea, excessive salivation, tremors, hyper-excitability or depression and pinpoint pupils. If an animal has absorbed enough of any neurological toxin, sudden death may be the only sign.

Coumarins, most recognizable as D-Con, a rat and mouse poison, affect the ability of the blood to clot. Mice that consume the poisoned grain essentially bleed to death. Your pets will be affected the same way, and the severity of the symptoms often depends on the amount ingested. Cats that eat poisoned mice can also become ill. If you find an empty box, look for labored breathing, anorexia, nosebleeds, bloody urine or feces and pinpoint hemorrhages on the gums.

Garbage is not often regarded as poisonous. However, toxins are produced by bacteria fermenting the garbage. Rapid and severe signs include vomiting, bloody diarrhea, painful abdominal distention, shivering, shock, and collapse.

How should pets be protected from these poisons? Some very simple rules to follow are:

    * Properly dispose of and store all pesticide containers up and out of sight of your pets. Make sure the lids are tight, the containers undamaged.

    * Use cords or locking lids for garbage cans. Put them in a heavy frame to prevent knock-down.

    * Keep pets off lawns sprayed with chemicals. Consult with the lawn care company for proper information on drying time and compounds used. Wash pets’ feet with mild soap and water if exposed.

    * Keep your pets out of vegetable and flower gardens.

    * Encase compost piles or use commercially made containers.

    * Never assume that a human drug is applicable to an animal unless a veterinarian instructs you to use it.

What is poisonous?

Here is a quick reference guide to the more common house and garden plants and foods that are toxic to most all animals and children. If you have these plants or foods, you need not dispose of them-just keep them away from pets and children. (* substances are especially dangerous and can be fatal).

Cardiovascular Toxins

Avocado (leaves, seeds, stem, skin)*

Azalea (entire rhododendron family)

Autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale)*

Bleeding heart*

Castor bean*

Foxglove (Digitalis)*




Mistletoe berries*

Mountain laurel

Oleander *

Rosary Pea*



Gastrointestinal Toxins

Amaryllis bulb*

Azalea (entire rhododendron family)

Autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale)*

Bird of Paradise




Buttercup (Ranunculus)


Castor bean*

Chocolate *

Chrysanthemum (a natural source of pyrethrins)


Crocus bulb

Croton (Codiaeum sp.)

Cyclamen bulb

Dumb cane (Dieffenbachia)*

English ivy (All Hedera species of ivy)


Hyacinth bulbs

Holly berries

Iris corms

Lily (bulbs of most species)

Marijuana or hemp (Cannabis)*

Narcissus, daffodil (Narcissus)


Pencil cactus/plant*

Potato (leaves and stem)

Rosary Pea*

Spurge (Euphorbia sp.)

Tomatoes (leaves and stem)


Respiratory Toxin




Chinese sacred or heavenly bamboo*

Dumb cane (Dieffenbachia)*

Elderberry, unripe berries*


Jimson weed*



Neurological Toxins

Alcohol (all beverages, ethanol, methanol, isopropyl)

Amaryllis bulb*

Azalea (entire rhododendron family)

Bracken fern



Castor bean*


Choke cherry, unripe berries*

Chrysanthemum (natural source of pyrethrins)

Crocus bulb

Delphinium, larkspur, monkshood*

Lupine species

Marijuana or hemp (Cannabis)*

Mistletoe berries*

Morning glory*


Potato (leaves and stem)

Rosary Pea*

Tomatoes (leaves and stem)


Kidney/Organ Failure Toxins




Calla lily*





Rhubarb leaves*



If you suspect your animal may have ingested any of the substances on this list or if you pet shows any of the symptoms indicated below, you should contact your veterinarian immediately. Take a sample of the suspected toxin and its packaging with you to the veterinarian. 

Information care of HealthyPet.com


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The Garden Club hosted the Annual Community Flower Show this year on April 4th at the Upper Nyack Elementary school. Despite grey skies and rainy weather people came out for the wonderful exhibition and judging. There was a plant sale, a potting table for the kids and the “Be a Bee” photo booth. 

Flower Show 2009
The show was a bustling and busy place full of excitement for all……

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The Judges also had some tough decisions to make when it came to the Adult Divisions as well!



………………….And the award winners were:

Design Division – Adult – Florence Katzenstein
Horticultural Division – Adult – Sharon Wong
Best in Show – Adult – Sharon Wong
Best in Show- Children – Theo Haaks
People’s Choice – Adult – Sharon Wong
People’s Choice – Children – Katya Grossman

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Sunshine today and the Garden Club Members came out in great number to help de-winter the Butterfly Garden in memorial Park! As weeds were removed the sun shone brighter and the air warmed us. The transformation is amazing. Small yellow blooms already present and promise of more colours to come, spurred us on. 

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