Now that the weather is getting warm, you and your pet might be spending more time outside. Before you allow your dog or cat to roam freely in your backyard, make sure it is safe from hazards.
Many of the chemicals we apply to make our yard look so inviting can be a source of danger to our pets. This includes insecticides, pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. When you apply any of these chemicals to your lawn, follow the instructions exactly, and make sure your pets stay inside until the chemicals are thoroughly dry. Also be sure these chemicals are stored safely out of reach of your pet when not in use. Consider using natural alternatives which are safer for your pets and the environment.
Be careful of the plants you choose for your garden. Just a few of the common plants that are toxic to pets include Oleander, Hydrangeas, Rhododendron, Azaleas, and Lilies. The ASPCA has a list of the most common plants that are dangerous to pets. You should also not use cocoa mulch on plant beds that pets have access to, as cocoa mulch contains theobromine, which is the ingredient in chocolate that is toxic to pets.
Make sure to use a flea and tick preventative to protect your dog or cat from outdoor pests like fleas and ticks which can pass along diseases to your pet. Additionally, heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes, so make sure your pets are on a monthly heartworm preventative.
Provide your pet with protection from the sun. Your dog should have shelter so he or she can get out of the sun, as well as plenty of fresh water always available when outside.
Finally, to be sure your dog is safe in the backyard, make sure your backyard fence is secure and in good repair. This is important not only to keep your pet in, but to keep out other pets and wild animals. If you take a few simple precautions, you can make sure your backyard is a happy and safe haven for your pet to enjoy.