If you are a pet owner, one thing that you have to ensure is the safety of your pet at all times. They’re your baby, after all, but unfortunately gardens can be far more hazardous for our pets than most people realise. Making sure that your garden is safe for your pet is easily done, providing you’re willing to put a little time and effort in and this article aims to provide you with some tips to get you started.
1.Check Your Plants
Few dog owners actually know that many common garden plants are actually poisonous to their pets and can cause them to become extremely ill or even cause death. These include plants such as clematis and azalea stems and leaves, lilies and autumn crocus and daffodil bulbs. This is by no means an extensive list, but if you are letting a dog in your garden, it is a good idea to check to ensure all your plants are safe. This is particularly true for dogs who haven’t yet learnt not to eat everything they come across as the consequences of a dog eating something they shouldn’t can be devastating.
2.Ensure Your Fences Are Secure
Lots of dogs get themselves into accidents by escaping gardens. Whether this is their owners being careless and leaving gates open, fences being too low that they can be jumped over or gaps in fences meaning that dogs can squeeze through, it is important to check over your fences regularly to ensure that your furry friend can’t escape and get themselves into mischief. If you do need to repair your fences, it doesn’t have to be costly and saves you lots of worry and vet bills.
Animals always seem to be fascinated by water, whether they can swim or not. If you have a pond or other deep water in your garden, it is a good idea to cover it regardless of whether your dog is a confident swimmer or not both to protect them and any wildlife that may be in the pond. You don’t really want the constant smell of wet dog either, so it’s a good idea all round.
4.Be Wary Of Chemicals
Occasionally, pet owners will put down weed killers and so on, without thinking that they will need to let the dog out later on. It is important that you consider this when putting chemicals down in your garden and take steps to ensure that there is no way that your dog can get to the chemicals, as they can be extremely dangerous. This isn’t to say you can’t put chemicals down in your garden, just that you need to plan when doing so.
Gardens can be so much fun for dogs to run around and play in, providing that they are safe. This can be done easily and can save you so much heartache and worry, so don’t think that your dog shouldn’t be in the garden – providing that you’re a responsible dog owner, there is no reason why you and your four legged friend shouldn’t be able to enjoy your garden together.