Besides their beds, or maybe your bed, outside the home is another place your pet loves. And with the warm weather brings more time spent outside in our yards. Ensure your gardens and lawns are safe for your pets; dangers can include wild animals, fleas and ticks, poisonous plants, toxic lawn-care products, classic barbeque items and distractions.
Maintaining a clean exterior can aid in the reduction of nature’s creatures. Snakes look for homes in wood piles, leaves and rock piles, raccoons and common rabies carrying vermin seek trash and scraps (close those compost bins tight). And ticks and fleas prefer to lay eggs in yard debris, shady damp areas and overgrown grass. Some simple upkeep can make a world of difference in your pet’s safety and health.
Pets let outside should be steered away from access to pools and products. Our furry friends are closer to the ground, so be sure adequate time passes before letting them onto treated turf. When managing plants or grass with chemicals, don’t leave out any of your pet’s toys, dishes or chews or seek out a natural alternative. Keep in mind; plant foods and fertilizers (sometimes made with meal) can be appealing but yet toxic.
Common barbeque foods can also pose risks too!
- Bones from meat scraps may splinter and cause digestive damage.
- Avocado plants and everyone’s favorite appetizer guacamole, along with fatigue/weakness causing onions, should not be consumed.
- Salty items including chips, pretzels, hot dogs can result in dehydration.
- Corn on the cob may be a potential choking hazard and cause G.I. obstruction.
- Other indulgences including chocolate and alcohol are also harmful.
Watch your guests and children to ensure they’re not sharing their leftovers with an anxious to consume companion.
We all get can busy speeding around on the lawn mower, but be sure your fuzzy friend is within your line of sight and out of danger. Pets left outside without supervision may seek entertainment outside of the yard. It’s recommended that animals are kept interested when possible, not left outside for extended periods of time (certainly not in the heat and always have sun protection), have appropriate space for bathroom duties, and always enough water. Consider well-maintained fencing, pet-friendly doors and electronic limits for effective boundaries.
It’s on you to keep your pets safe this summer! Now go enjoy those fresh garden veggies and your favorite grilled meal.