If you’re worried about your dog’s health, you worry about your dog not eating and being sick regularly, or are cleaning up more dog diarrhea than you’d like, then you may need to do some work in your garden to make sure it’s safe for your dog to explore without close supervision. The average garden can contain threats that can cause distress, anxiety, upset stomachs or serious poisoning, so if you have a dog it’s well worth doing some work to make sure yours is safe for your beloved pet.
Poisons and Toxins
It’s surprisingly likely that you have some dangerous toxins scattered around your garden. From weed killer to slug pellets to rat poison, there are lots of garden products that can do serious harm to your dog!
First, be aware of the procedure to follow if your dog does have a run in with these toxins: if you have any reason to suspect your dog has consumed anything poisonous, make an emergency appointment with your vet immediately. You simply cannot afford to wait and see if your dog’s going to be ok: the results could be fatal.
Second, eliminate your own use of toxic products in the garden: there are lots of humane alternatives that can control pests and protect plants, and this can be good for wildlife in general as well as your dog!
Third, keep your dog contained in your garden: you can’t control how your neighbours deal with slugs, mice or other garden problems, so if your dog escapes there’s the risk it will come to serious harm, as well as upsetting your neighbours. Extending your fence (both above and below ground), adding inward sloping slats to the top and moving away debris dogs can use to climb over your fence all help to keep your dog in the safe space of your property.
Plants, Trees and Flowers
There are plenty of common garden plants that can cause some serious harm to a curious or hungry dog. When acorns and conkers fall from the trees in the autumn, they’re easy for a dog to chew on and this can (in rare cases) cause poisoning that leads to kidney damage. Even if your dog doesn’t absorb those toxins, eating acorns and horse chestnuts can cause vomiting and intestinal obstructions!
Flowers like lilies and crocuses can lead to poisoning in dogs, especially if they dig up and eat the bulbs, and even the humble privet hedge can be toxic if a dog eats the leaves or berries!
If your garden has these plants and you’re not able or willing to get rid of them, it’s worth trying to fence them off to make sure your dog can roam freely without worrying for their health!