A new instagram trend sees dog owners posing for pictures in fields of flowering Rapeseed, but Head Vet Sean McCormack, at tails.com, warns that it can be dangerous to dogs who have a sensitivity.
Dog owners are always looking for the perfect photo opportunity to capture their furry friend. They want a photo that portrays their dog as happy, healthy and full of life. However, some environments may not be ideal for your pup’s photo shoot! For instance, if you take your dog out on an evening walk at sunset and find yourself in a field of beautiful rapeseed field, this is actually may not very good for your pup.
According to the Dogs Trust, rapeseed is amongst the many plants that can be poisonous to pets, along with hyacinth, bluebells and daffodil bulbs. But thankfully there’s still plenty of beautiful greenery you can pose in front of that is safe for you and your pooch.
3 Most Instagrammable Dog Friendly Flower Fields
Sunflower Fields – #429,894 posts
From Surrey to Kent, you’ll find some of the best ones in the heart of the British countryside. While some may grow wild, others are planted each year by sunflower growers, providing gorgeous displays of the yellow flowers.
Sunflowers usually bloom from the middle of summer through to early autumn – so from July to September. The best time to see them in the fields is from August, depending on the weather.
Dogs are welcome to Writtle Sunflowers, Essex as long as they are kept under control and don’t disturb other visitors, and make sure you clean up after your pooch! Bear in mind that the farm isn’t fenced and is near a busy road, so if your dog has the tendency to wander off it maybe best to keep them on a lead.
Lavender Fields – #282,332 posts
You’d naturally assume you can only find lavender fields in France. However, there are a few lavender fields dotted around the UK. Lavenders usually bloom during early June to mid-August!
At Hitchin Lavender Field, dogs are welcome to explore the main field, but they aren’t allowed up the rows and must be kept on a lead at all times. There are water bowls outside the farmshop and cafe area.
Daisy Fields – #1,495 posts
Britain’s beloved playground favourite, daisies, usually bloom from March to October but sometimes all year round, if winters are mild.
At Aldbury Nowers, in Hertfordshire, is on the Chiltern escarpment and adjoins the Ridgeway National Trail, with stunning views of the Vale of Aylesbury and Tring Gap. Not only will you and your pooch be spoilt with a field of ox-eye daisies but you can enjoy this National Trust trail.
Got a naughty pooch? Here’s how to stop your dog from eating dangerous plants
Be a bit more observant and ready to intervene if you see a snout heading where it shouldn’t. Whether in the garden or out for a walk, if your dog starts sniffing a harmful plant, a quick, sharp ‘no’ should do the job. But keep in mind you might have to physically remove your dog from the plant – or indeed a part of the plant from your dog’s mouth.
Remember, if you’re in any doubt about whether they’ve ingested part of a dangerous plant, you should visit your vet as soon as possible, and if you can, take the plant with you to help your vet identify what your dog’s eaten.
Having the plant to hand will help your vet correctly diagnose your dog. Treatments can range from simply making your dog sick to treating them for toxicity, even surgery if necessary.
You know your dog better than anyone. If you feel like there’s something wrong – or common problems such as constipation or diarrhoea don’t seem to go away after a few days – don’t hesitate to take your dog to the vet.