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Prevention For Pet Owners

Beware of Spiny Plants

Some invasive plants have seeds that attach to animal fur. These seeds may also become lodged in paws, ears, noses, and gums. Learn how to protect your pets from these spiny invaders.

What you can do:

  • Monitor your property and walking routes for these invasive plants

  • In summer-fall, avoid dry grassy fields

  • Check your dog regularly for seeds or sharp pods that may be embedded

  • Pay particular attention to ears and between toes

  • Remove embedded seeds with tweezers

  • Contact your vet if a portion cannot be removed


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Protect your pets from these invasive plants - Poster

A poster providing information on three invasive plants that can harm pets.

Don't Let it Loose

There are many exotic species that can be adopted from the pet store, including goldfish and red-eared slider turtles. Some of these pets can become invasive if released into the wild. These invasive species can outcompete native species for food and habitat, and spread disease. 

If you can no longer take care of your pet, "Don't Let it Loose!". Instead, contact pet stores, animal shelters, or other agencies to help find your pet a new loving home. And remember to never flush your fish down the toilet - this can spread disease into local lakes and rivers. 

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Don't Let it Loose - Frequently Asked Questions

Learn frequently asked questions about the "Don't Let it Loose" program.

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Don't Let it Loose - Poster

A poster promoting the "Don't Let it Loose" program.

Useful Links

For tips on how to identify, prevent, treat and report invasive species, visit Okanagan Invasive Species Online

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