Summer is here, which means more time spent outdoors and relaxing in the garden. But with sharp tools and toxic plants, our outdoor spaces can be potential danger zones for curious pooches.
To keep your dog happy and safe this summer, there are a few “pup” proofing tips to bear in mind. Here are 5 safety precautions to consider before you let Fido romp around the garden this sunny season.
Beware of poisonous plants
Whether for enjoyment or to ease a poorly tummy, many dogs relish a good chomp on grass and plants. But if your dog’s a keen plant eater, it’s important to note that some greenery is poisonous to dogs. Plants such as Lilies, Daffodils, Crocus, Foxgloves and Hydrangeas can cause skin irritations, severe vomiting and diarrhoea, and in some cases can be fatal.
For the full list of plants toxic to dogs, check out this resource from the Dogs Trust. If your dog is prone to eating plants, be sure to include only dog friendly options in the garden. And if you suspect your dog has eaten a poisonous plant, get them straight to the vet.
Make your garden secure
Make sure your dog can’t escape from your garden – there’s nothing more panic inducing!
Check your boundaries to ensure your fences are secure. Look for any damages that may need repairing after winter, checking carefully for any new gaps your dog may be able to squeeze through.
Old fences can become weak after a few years, so ensure they’re sturdy and tall enough for any excited leaping.
Keep the compost bin closed
Food scraps are great for composting to give you rich, fertile soil for your plants, but this could attract attention from a sneaky pup. But because some foods are poisonous to dogs, always ensure your compost bin is secure. Any leftover grapes or raisins for example you toss into the bin could make your dog sick if they manage to find a way in.
Keep tools out of reach
If you’re a keen gardener, you’ll inevitably use tools to help you maintain your garden this summer. Secateurs, shears, strimmers and hedge cutters could all injure your dog if left lying around.
Always keep tools off the ground when not in use and keep your shed door closed. Besides potentially dangerous tools, your shed may also contain numerous other hazards like anti-freeze, weed killer and harmful chemicals that could make your dog sick.
Beware of slugs and snails
Some parts of the UK are rife with slugs and snails, especially with the recent wet weather, that can be infected with lungworm. If your dog contracts lungworm this can cause serious problems with your dog’s heart and lungs. Unfortunately, if left untreated it can be fatal.
If you’re using pesticides to keep slugs off your plants, always use pet-friendly methods as slug pellets are extremely poisonous to dogs if ingested.
For a more detailed overview of worms, please refer to this blog.
Follow these safety tips and you’ll have a safe environment for you and your dog to enjoy all summer long.