By freelance contributor Sally Perkins
The number of dog owners in the United States has been steadily increasing over the past few years. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty To Animals, it’s estimated that 78 million dogs are owned in the country. But apart from ensuring that our four-legged friends get enough exercise and nourishing food each and every day, it’s also imperative to keep them safe from harm.
According to a study, some common items found in our homes and gardens can be toxic for dogs.
Among these are pesticides, which, when ingested, can be fatal for our furry friends. This is why it’s important to create a safe environment for our pets, taking extra care to keep your garden dog-friendly garden as this is where your pet spends most of his time when your dog is outdoors. Here are 5 ways to ensure your dog’s safety while he or she is in the garden.
Plant dog-friendly plants
Dogs are naturally curious and will chew on anything, including plants. However, some plants such as chrysanthemum, hydrangea, and wisteria can be toxic for pets. If your dog spends lots of time in your garden, plant dog-friendly plants such as sunflowers, lavender, honeysuckle, and roses. Mint is also a good choice as not only will it freshen your dog’s breath, but it also aids your four-legged friend’s digestion.
Protect your plants and your dog
Avoid using chemicals
Non-organic slug pellets and chemical fertilizers can pose a threat to your dog. Never use these in your garden to keep your pet safe at all times. Moreover, avoid using cocoa bean shell mulch in your garden because just like chocolate, cocoa bean can be highly toxic for your pet.
Provide plenty of shade
Dogs can get skin cancer so it’s crucial to create areas that provide lots of shade in your garden. You should also place doggy bowls filled with clean water in these areas to prevent your dog from becoming dehydrated during hot days.
Store garden supplies away from your dog
Keep tools and other gardening supplies in a place where your dog can’t get to them. A shed is the best place for your gardening items. If you don’t have a shed, you can designate a small area of your garage for your supplies.
Follow these tips to keep your dog safe and healthy while he plays in the garden. If you suspect that your dog got poisoned by anything in your garden or your neighbor’s garden, go to your vet as soon as possible.