Your yard may be beautiful but it’s a veritable danger zone to your pet! Some of the main dangers are poisonous plants, jagged rocks, and fertilizers that can cause severe pancreatitis. Even the best behaved cats and dogs can get themselves into trouble in your yard, so take the time to pet-proof it before letting them loose to play.
Think about your pet’s paws. Instead of using jagged rocks to line your garden path, opt for smooth pebbles. Pets can comfortably walk along the smooth surface.Along the same lines, you should opt for small cedar chips instead of larger, jagged mulch options.
Keep pets out of the garden area. If you want your pet to stay away from the border of planted areas, use driftwood or raised beds. It will deter them from digging too deeply into your dirt.
Read fertilizer labels carefully. Avoid any fertilizer which contains cocoa, or blood or bone meal. Ingestion of these fertilizers can cause severe pancreatitis, resulting in vomiting, diarrhea or even organ failure. Note: Bone meal is crushed up bone from cattle or fish sources, so it smells like a meal to pets, especially dogs.
Opt for natural pest deterrents. Each year, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center receives more than 40,000 calls related to mouse poison in backyards. These poisons can cause internal bleeding, kidney failure and brain swelling in pets. Instead of using over-the-counter toxic rat or mouse poison on your plants, use and plant mint. It naturally deters rodents. To learn more about preventing mice with mint, read Mint: Good For Mojitos and Mouse Prevention.
Be careful what you plant! Some flowers look like tasty treats to pets, but many are poisonous. Did you know that daffodils and hydrangeas could be harmful if ingested? For a full list of poisonous flowers, read Plants That Poison.
Mind the sprinkler system. If you live in a dry area, you probably use a sprinkler to water your lawn. Watch out for exposed wires in your lawn, which could look like chew toys to dogs.
Watch for signs of allergies. Humans aren’t the only mammals that suffer from allergies. Pay attention to your pet when they’re in your yard. If your pet is displaying symptoms like skin irritation, hair loss, ear infections, excessive sneezing or a runny nose, consult their vet.
Be mindful when grilling. When you’re grilling, have a three-foot rule around the grill for pets. Watch them carefully. After you cookout, fully cool your grill before storing it in your yard or garage.