Dogs love to run around the garden chasing wildlife and looking for mischief, but if you have trees on your property, you should ensure they don't pose a risk to your dog's health. A number of plants and trees are poisonous to dogs, so it's sensible to have them removed from your property if your dog has access to the garden. Here's an overview of three species of tree that are poisonous to your dog and the tree removal process:
The stems and leaves of cherry trees are poisonous to dogs, and the pits of the fruit are also toxic. The cyanide present in cherry trees can cause respiratory distress, which may cause your dog to pant and take quick, shallow breaths. Dogs can also go into shock and suffer cardiac arrest if they ingest large quantities of foliage from a cherry tree. The flowers of the cherry tree have long stamens and grow in clusters. The leaves are oval and have serrated margins, and the bark has horizontal lacerations.
When oaks drop acorns and their leaves in the autumn months, there is a risk curious dogs will eat some of them. Acorns and oak leaves contain tannic acid and gallic acid, which can cause gastric upset and kidney disease in dogs. Oak trees can be identified by their lobed leaves and pale yellow flowers, which grow in sprays.
The foliage and berries of the yew tree can cause death due to the presence of an alkaloid that causes cardiac arrest in dogs. Yew trees have reddish-brown bark and the berries, which are red, remain open at the end. The leaves grow two rows to a twig, which is an unusual characteristic that makes yew trees easy to identify.
Large trees are removed from residential properties by cutting down side branches using a technique called lopping. The crown is then removed in sections until you're left with the stump. You can choose to leave the stump in place or have it removed by breaking down the wood with a chemical stump remover or grinding it below ground level. If the tree was young, the stump can sometimes be dug out, but this depends on the root system.
If you have trees in your garden and you're not sure what species they are, don't take any chances with your dog's health. A tree surgeon can identify the trees for you and explain whether they pose a risk or are harmless to dogs.
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