Dog Walking Safety: Miami’s Most Poisonous Plants

Top 5 Poisonous Plants for Dogs in Miami

Our pet sitters and dog walkers walk dogs around our neighborhoods regularly and love the landscaping in Miami’s homes. We have all noticed the gorgeous variation of colors in the flowers and shrubbery. But did you know that many of those plants are toxic, and potentially deadly, to your pets? We’d like to share what we discovered about local plants poisonous to animals in Miami, below.

We were surprised to find so many of our beautiful ornamental plants are toxic, and some even deadly-we’re talking one leaf will kill an adult human deadly. First up, Nerium oleander.

Nerium Oleander: The U.S. National Library of Medicine states “This plant is extremely toxic, and a single leaf may kill an adult.” Univeristy of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine Poison Control Center states “All parts, especially oleander, are poisonous. Some skin irritation is possible through contact, most poisonings occur by eating or chewing the plant, or by breathing in smoke from burning plants. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, dizziness, low blood pressure, slow heart rate and seizures.” Serious stuff. Avoid like the plague when walking by it. This include your kids and dogs. Cats are more difficult to control. Lily of the valley and Fox gloves also contain a similar poison. Please take care to avoid ingestion.

Common Lantana: chances are you have seen these colorful flower clusters covering fences around schools and shrubs. They produce berries that children sometimes may eat, which you must avoid. They’re very beautiful, and also toxic to both dogs and cats.

Symptoms include: vomiting, diarrhea, labored breathing, and weakness. Liver failure is more commonly seen in livestock.

Rattlebox: We have never seen this before, but it lives in backyards. The whole plant is poisonous, the seeds particularly so. Symptoms of ingestion include: weakness, confusion, and jaundice from liver damage. Animals may die months after eating crotalaria.

Avocado: This is a big one. Almost every one has an avocado tree in their backyard, or at least in their neighborhood.Â

Castor Bean: Ricin

If your pet ingested this plant, contact your local veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.*Â

Help Miami’s Dogs and Cats! Join Us for the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Mega Match-A-Thon

Humane Society of Greater Miami's adopt-a-thon.

Join Pet Sitter Flavia Berti at Dog and Cat Mega Match-A-Thon!

We are are always happy to help dogs and cats in need in Miami! That’s why pet sitter Flavia Berti (owner of Equipaws Pet Services) will be supporting the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Mega Match-a-thon this Saturday, October 19, from 9:00 am til 9:00 pm. The event is taking place in beautiful Tropical Park, at 7900 Bird Road in Miami. Adoptions start at $30 and parking is free!

This nationwide event is sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and will hopefully result in the adoption of hundreds of cats and dogs! This is the perfect time for anyone in your life to find the new family member they’ve been wanting. Over 500 cats and dogs of all breeds, colors, personalities, and sizes will be ready to meet their new parents. There will be a puppy and kitten adoption kick-off at 9:00 am (imagine the cute overload!).

The Mega Match-a-thon is a labor of love. We are so excited to be a part of helping these deserving, but homeless, fur babies find their new homes. The ASPCA has granted nearly $270,000 to support these large-scale adoption events. Thirty-seven communities nationwide will be holding their own huge adoptathons on the same day.

Take your family with you! There will be a Kid’s Arena with fun games for children. Local Miami businesses will be volunteering, and there will be food, refreshments, an entertainment program, DJ’s, and live bands. The ASPCA and Humane Society of Greater Miami are pulling out all the stops for this great cause.

To get involved or for more information about the ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon™ event, please call 305-749-1818 or visit the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s website.

Equipaws Pet Services Is Taking Only Credit Cards!

Use Your Credit Card to Book Your Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Appointments in Miami!

As you are setting up your pet sitting and dog walking appointments, we’d like to give you a friendly reminder that we are switching completely to CREDIT CARDS by November 1st! So when you book for Thanksgiving and other holidays, it will be that much more convenient. Please log in to Power Pet Sitter to add your information today:

We are very happy to finally go truly green and paperless. It’s part of our mission as responsible pet sitters and pet lovers to take care of the planet. Please let us know if you have any questions at all by contacting us at 305-794-3733. Thank you!