Watching your dog play in the yard brings joy to your heart. It also provides your dog with plenty of room to exercise and maintain good health. However, many dangers in the yard can cause injury or illness to your dog. Dog proofing your lawn is essential to their overall well-being and will save you money in vet bills because you will be preventing injury.
Follow the suggestions below to help keep your dog safe in your yard:
Remove Toxic Plants from the Yard
Dogs love to explore their surroundings by sniffing, licking, and chewing. Chances are your dog will find the plants in your yard very interesting. Unfortunately, some plants are toxic for dogs and can lead to death if ingested. Below is a list that includes the most common poisonous plants for dogs that are recommended to be removed from your yard.
- Lily of the Valley
- Sago Palm
- Southern yew
- English Ivy
The list of toxic plants and trees is extensive so always research if the specific plants you have in your yard are safe or poisonous before allowing your dog to play in the yard.
Fix the Fence
Your fence might be in perfect condition but pay attention to the space located between the ground and the bottom of the fence. Sometimes there is a gap large enough for a dog to escape. If you notice gaps you can install a fence extension or use bolder rocks or other materials to cover the gaps.
Mow the Lawn
Your dog might enjoy running through tall grass but it can disguise hidden dangers such as rusty nails, snakes, rodents, and more that can bite or injure your dog. Remove debris and mow your lawn frequently to ensure your dog has a safe environment to run and play.
Secure Garbage Cans
Last night’s roasted chicken dinner bones sure look appetizing to your dog, especially if it’s stored in a garbage can outdoors. Your dog will do everything they can to get to those bones so make sure you secure your trash cans with tops that lock or clamp down to prevent your dog from accessing the leftovers.
Create Shaded Areas
Prolonged time in direct sunlight can lead to dehydration and heatstroke in dogs. Planting non-toxic trees that provide shade or installing an awning or tented space in the yard for your dog to take a break from the sunlight is essential to maintaining good hydration.
Use Pet-Friendly Lawn Care Products
Lawn care items such as lawn fertilizer and weed killer are required for maintaining a healthy lawn. However, the commercial products you purchase often contain dangerous and toxic chemicals that can cause health issues such as asthma, lymphoma, and bladder cancer. Choose pet-friendly and natural products for maintaining your lawn instead of the popular commercial brands.
Once you dog-proof your lawn you can have fun adding exciting things for your dogs such as a dog house, toys, a water bowl, a kiddie pool, and more. Start preparing your lawn for your dog to enjoy!