If you own a dog or other outdoor-friendly pet, the chances are that you have a yard that they use to get fresh air, exercise, and sunshine. However, is your yard secure and safe enough for animals to call home? Or, are there hidden dangers that could put their health at risk? Let’s look at five key ways you can pet-proof your yard.
Cleanliness of Backyard Structures
Did you know that sheds, doghouses, decks, and other outdoor structures are breeding grounds for fleas, mites, and more? Protect your pets – and other members of your household – by keeping these structures clear of debris and dirt. Give everything a good power wash once in a while, followed up with applying protective coatings and performing regular sweeping.
Mend Your Fences
If you have gaps or broken sections of yard fencing, it means two things. First, your pets can get out, and second, other animals can get in. This can result in everything from runaway family pets to infestations by invasive critters, so be sure to repair your fencing if it’s not in the best of shape! Replacing worn-out woods and broken sections not only helps with keeping your pets in and other animals out, but it just looks better. Any weak spots could introduce all sorts of problems.
Pup-Proof Your Pool Area
If you have a yard with a swimming pool, be sure to seal the area up tight so your pets can’t go for an unintended dip. Some dogs and other animals aren’t strong swimmers, and you should never depend on them to fish themselves out, should they fall in. This is where a protective pool cover will come in handy. You can also set up surrounding fencing with a lockable gate.
Many seasonal flowers can be poisonous to dogs and other animals. Examples of what not to plant in this case include tulips and azaleas, among others. Regardless of whether you’re planting perennials or not, however, it’s a good idea to discuss with a vet or landscaping expert about which flowers are toxic to dogs and other animals.
If you haven’t cut your lawn in a while or choose not to lower your blades so your grass is healthier, chances are there will be things hiding in plain sight for your pets to find. Sometimes, broken glass, sharp bits of wood, or burrs can be hidden, depending on where you live and what your yard is like in general. Take the time to rake through longer grass to pull up dangerous or sharp objects that could otherwise harm your animals.
A healthy pet is a happy pet, making for a more wholesome household! With these tips in mind, not only will your yard be cleaner and more beautiful, but it will also be thoroughly pet-friendly.