We understand how much you care for and cherish your animal companion. Your home has been chocked full of healthy food and water, treats, comfy blankets, and their favorite toys.  However, is your yard secure and enjoyable for your pet as well?

It’s a pleasure to spend time in your yard and gardens, whether lounging, playing, or hosting guests. However, your yard might not be pet friendly and harm your pet’s wellbeing.  Pesticides, herbicides, and pet-toxic plants are among the hazards in our yards that cause pets to end up in vet emergency room visits every year.  Keeping our pets safe while they play and explore is our responsibility as pet parents.

When it comes to making your pet’s life even better, here are five simple steps you can take to make your yard a pet friendly haven for your furry friend.

 

1.  Add Fences

Most importantly, you should put your own and your pet’s safety first. Set up a high-quality fence around your yard to prevent your pets from escaping through it. If you have a dog, install a solid fence instead of a chain-link one because it will lessen the dog’s propensity to bark at other dogs and people. Another option to the traditional enclosed backyard is the enclosed dog run.

 

2.  Eliminate Fleas and Ticks

Fleas can cause hair loss, itching, tapeworms, hot spots, scabs, and anemia in both dogs and cats as a result of the blood loss caused by the fleas. Similarly, ticks can induce similar issues and can lead to difficulties from infections like Lyme disease, Babesia, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

In order to avoid your pets getting being bitten by fleas or ticks, keep your yard and bushes mowed and free of tall grasses. Additionally, if you want to make your yard more pet-friendly, think about investing in a high-quality flea spray for yards.

 

3.  Know Your Plants

If your pet is curious, they might get themselves into some danger. By removing any harmful plants and blooms from your yard or constructing a modest barrier around the edge of such plants, you can mitigate potential poisoning. Ensure that you know which plants are toxic to pets before you start planting!

 

4.  Limit Insecticide Usage

Pesticides are not meant to be consumed by four-legged creatures. Keep insecticides out of reach of pets and children at all times.

Always refer to the product’s label for instructions on proper handling and storage. We may need to use some fertilizer, herbicide, granules, sprays, and pesticide baits to maintain our lawns healthy, but the substances are not safe for our pets and children to consume.

There are a number of pesticides that are particularly harmful, including snail bait with metaldehyde, fly bait that contains methomyl, mole or gopher bait that contains zinc phosphide, and rat poison. As a precaution, keep your dog away from spots where you’ve used chemicals until the chemicals have completely dispersed.

 

5.  Don’t Leave the Tools Lying Around

All gardening tools should be safely stored, not strewn over the ground. Rakes, hoes, tillers, and trowels may seem innocuous, but they can be dangerous to children and pets.

Pets can potentially get tetanus from rusted, sharp objects that poke their eyes, paws, or noses and penetrate their skin.