320 pages, colour photos
Poisonous to Pets is vital to anyone who owns a dog or cat – it could save their pet's life. This highly illustrated, full-colour book allows rapid access to visual and written information about plants that are poisonous to cats and dogs. It enables owners to identify the dangerous plant and know what to do if their pet is poisoned.
Poisonous to Pets outlines potential toxicity to pets by categorising the plants into four levels, with each toxic level identified by colours found on the edge of each page. However, prevention is better than cure, and the information in Poisonous to Pets also helps pet owners and garden designers 'poison proof' the home and garden.
Each plant description includes: botanical name, common name, scientific plant family, signs of toxicity in the animal, the first point of call for treatment, a brief description of the plant, geographic location, plant habitat, toxic parts, how poisoning occurs and toxic principles.
"Poisonous to Pets, by Nicole O'Kane, is an invaluable reference of toxic plants that could save your cat or dog's life, not to mention potentially huge veterinary bills. The information is clearly set out enabling owners to readily identify dangerous plants categorised into four toxic levels, each identified by colours, green, orange, purple and red found on the edge of each page."
- Gail Thomas, Australian Horticulture, April 2011
About the author
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Nicole O'Kane has experienced first hand the anxiety of nursing a sick pet due to poisoning. In trying to locate the specific plants causing the problem, Nicole began a research project which has now become an essential reference for all pet owners, pet health providers and horticulturalists.
Nicole has a BA in Behavioural Science, is a member of the Golden Key Honour Society (University of Queensland division) and studied Naturopathy for three and a half years.