Many of us know how to dog-proof our homes, but we often don’t take the same precautions when it comes to our outdoor spaces. Here is how to protect your dog from backyard dangers with dog products.
Seasonal flowerbeds are beautiful but many common flowers including tulips, daffodils azaleas and amaryllis can be poisonous to dogs. Talk to your vet about which plants are safe for dogs before you put on your gardening gloves.
Trash cans and garage supplies
Trash cans and recycling bins should be secured with appropriate lids. Liquids such as fuels, cleaning supplies and antifreeze which can be fatal to pets need to be stored out of reach your pet. Herbicides should be used with caution and stored properly as they can also be fatal to dogs.
Even if your dog is a strong swimmer, he or she should never be left unattended in a yard with a pool. Your pool area should be fenced and your dog should know how to safely enter and exit the pool from an early age
Even if your yard has a fence, a wiggly puppy can easily slip through tiny gaps or holes you may not notice. Regularly check the fence in your yard to make sure to secure before letting your dog out in the yard. You can also install an electric fence and your dog wears a dog fence shock collar. This can protect your dog from running out of your yard if you don’t have an actual fence.
Ticks will use tall grasses and branches to hitch a ride on your dog’s skin. To help keep ticks at bay, trim high tall grasses and remove debris.
Decks and sheds
Fleas tend to live in dark humid areas like outdoor dog homes, decks and structures such as sheds. Sweep off patios, clean under your deck and remove debris from outdoor structures to prevent fleas from congregating in your yard.
Insecticides, pesticides and fertilizers
Insecticides and help curb bug problems but when applied heavily, they may be toxic to pets. Try to avoid using insecticides when possible, or talk to your veterinarian about the best way to use such chemicals.
Dogs love playing outdoors year-around, but dehydration and heat sickness can be a very real threat and warm sunny weather. Make sure to give your pup plenty of breaks in the shade, access to fresh water and the ability to go inside if he needs it.