Keep Fido Safe In Your Yard

Regardless of the time of year, lawn care and landscaping can be full-time jobs. Keeping our properties in top shape requires much work, especially when curious pets dig, chew, and romp through our landscape and gardens. If your family includes a canine companion, you need to be aware of potential dangers that lurk for your dog in your yard. 

 

We want your lawn and your pets to be happy and healthy, so read on to learn the three hidden dangers in landscapes every dog owner should know. 

 

Fertilizers And Pesticides

Let’s face it; a lush lawn is nearly impossible to achieve and maintain without the use of certain pesticides and fertilizers. While choosing natural and organic fertilizer and pesticide is a better option for pet health than synthetic products; any type can be harmful if ingested. 

 

It is best to keep your dog or cat away from fertilizers that they may be tempted to sniff and even eat. Also, don’t allow your pet to romp in freshly fertilized and pest-treated areas for at least 24-72 hours after watering or rain. 

 

Mulch

Mulch is not only a popular landscape bedding material; it is also a fun chewing material for dogs. Mulch helps stabilize soil temperature, conserve soil moisture, and reduce weed growth in landscapes and gardens, and it can also be harmful to your dog. 

 

Traditionally, mulch was made of only tree bark; however, it can now include natural and non-organic items such as compost, rubber, newspaper, and wood chips. Some mulch is soaked in a water-based solution of colored dye that has a chemical binder to achieve the various hues of red, black, or brown color choices. Make sure you are aware of what your mulch is made of and if you can choose products that are untreated to ensure your dog is not negatively affected if they chew on the pieces.

 

Allergens

Dogs are affected by allergens just like humans. If your canine companion is exhibiting any allergy symptoms like sneezing, coughing, and paw licking, you may need to observe his behavior in your yard. Some plants are poisonous to dogs if ingested, others can irritate the eyes, nasal passages, and lungs if your dog is sensitive to allergens. You may find that certain seasons are worse than others for your dog’s allergies, in which case you can monitor their activity in your landscape to ensure they aren’t playing in foliage that causes discomfort. 

 

The Take-Away

Our furry canine companions are part of the family who should be able to enjoy your yard as much as you do. It’s always a good idea to consult your professional lawn care and pest control technician about any concerns that you may have.