5 Steps Towards Keeping Pets Safe in the Garden

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Welcome back Lost Kids! Here we’ve got another contributed post dedicated to 5 really simple easy ways to keep your pets safe in the garden. Everyone knows that Crowley will pick up anything and everything when he’s out of the house, especially plants and leafs (and the occasional piece of litter that’s just been discarded), so this is definitely something worth reading if you’ve got a mischievous fur baby that you want to keep safe in the garden!

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Gardens are a space that all the family enjoys and that also applies to our pets. However, as our gardens can pose many hazards and dangers to our pets it’s essential that we are taking all the necessary steps to keep them protected whilst they enjoy the great outdoors.

Fencing

All pets like to push the limits and that’s also true when it comes to the boundaries in our gardens. If gardens are not properly fenced off we all run the risk of our pets wanting to explore beyond the confines of our backyards. The best way to stop this from happening to build up a fencing system around the perimeter of the garden. You can either take this on as a DIY job or hire the help of a fencing specialist. Not only will proper fencing keep your pets in, but it will also keep other animals out.

 

Minimising Fleas, Ticks and Bugs

One of the main problems with our pets enjoying the great outdoors is their risk of picking up fleas, ticks and other bug related issues. Although it is always best to have a bottle of the best flea medicine close at hand when you have pets living in your house, there are some little ways that you can try to reduce the risk of your dog or cats picking them up in your garden. Try not to leave too many water bowls around the garden as water sources attract ticks. Long and damp grass is also a feeding ground for ticks, fleas and bugs so keeping your lawn nice and short will help to reduce the amount of bugs you have in your garden in close proximity to your pets.

 

Lilies

Although they look beautiful in any garden, lilies are very toxic and dangerous to animals, in particular cats. Cats can develop toxicity from even just getting lillie pollen on their fur and the toxic component in lilies is so strong it can make animals really sick. Toxicity can manifest itself in vomiting, anorexia and even kidney failure so unfortunately these lovely flowers are a big no-no for any cat owners.

 

Dangerous Garden Equipment

You will want to make sure that you are storing your garden equipment safely away in a place where your pets can not access them. Pets can become really sick from eating garden products and can injure themselves on sharp and dangerous objects, so keep them all stored away and out of their reach.

 

Shaded Areas

Our pets can overheat running around our gardens, so it is important to have shaded areas for our pets to relax, even in the colder months for the days when the sun is shining. Creating shaded areas for your pets to relax in will not only will it keep them cool and relaxed but it can also help prevent them from developing life threatening illnesses. As dogs can get skin cancer, particularly lighter furred dogs, providing areas where they can lie out in the shade is one of the most important things you can do as a dog owner. For dogs that love to catch a few rays make sure you put some sunscreen on their nose, even in sunny autumn and winter days, and the tips of their ears where there is less fur covering the skin.

We’ve always got flowers in the house, and lilies are my mum’s favourites – so I really had no idea that they could be toxic to animals! What did you guys think of this post? Let me know in the comments below and please feel free to share any other steps or advice you’d like to give in regards to keeping your pets safe in the garden! And as always, I hope you have an awfully big adventure this week!

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