Protecting Your Dog From The Dangers In Your Garden
Dogs love to be in the garden. It’s a time for them to stretch their legs, go to the bathroom and have fun. However, residential gardens are packed full of hidden hazards which are dangerous for your beloved furry friend. With a cruciate joint injury costing approximately $3,480 to treat, the last thing any owner wants is for their pooch to get injured while enjoying themselves in the garden. So, whether you’re playing outside games with your dog or letting him run around freely, here are the hazards in the garden to be aware of.
Tools & fences
Leaving tools out on the lawn is a surefire way of your pet injuring himself as he leaps and rolls around in the grass. Tools scattered across the garden are also dangerous to pet sitters who you may call on while on vacation to look after your dog as they can be a trip hazard. Most garden tools have sharp edges and can do serious damage to a human’s skin and to your pooch’s delicate paws, so be sure to keep the area tidy and clean.
A broken fence is dangerous as a curious dog will use it to escape from the confines of your garden and no pet owner wants to have to deal with the heartbreak of trying to locate a missing dog. You also run the risk of your dog cutting itself on broken fence panels and splintered wood. So, you should regularly check the condition of your fencing and repair any pieces as necessary.
Plants & flowers
Plants and flowers may make your garden look and smell beautiful, but, unfortunately, there are a number of them which are toxic to dogs if ingested. Foxgloves, begonias, apple trees, tulips, lilies, and hyacinths are just some of the most common plants found in the garden which are poisonous canines. If you have any known toxic plants in your garden, be sure to remove them completely before allowing access to your dog. You should also frequently check for regrowth and for any plants grown as a result of birds dropping seeds in your back garden. If you’re ever unsure whether a plant could be dangerous to your dog’s health, then consider removing it, to be on the safe side.
Other animals & bugs
Other animals are one of the biggest dangers to dogs in the garden. Cats can be boisterous and when provoked may claw at your dog and cut his skin. Cats claws contain multiple bacteria and the risk of infection is high, so be sure to clean any wounds and take a trip to the vets if the injury doesn’t show signs of healing. Ticks and fleas also pose a hazard to dogs. Ticks, in particular, can leave your pet feeling very unwell as they can carry some nasty diseases. Therefore, owners should educate themselves on how to safely remove them from their dog’s skin.
Dogs love to play and roam around gardens in all weather, but, owners should take care and ensure that they maintain a safe environment, free from danger, to protect the safety of their pet.
If you are going to be gone and want to have a pet sitter stop by to take your dog for a walk instead of leaving your pet alone in the garden, call in a professional pet sitter to come by. If you are in the Union County area of NC call Love and Kisses Pet Sitting to come by.