Clarendon Street Vets on spring gardening safety for dog owners

March 14, 2024

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As the days draw out and the weather gets warmer, those of us lucky enough to have a garden may start sprucing up our outdoor spaces. Gardening can be a lovely activity that we can share with our pets, but when planning a garden it’s important to think about the safety of our pets.

Read on for some spring garden safety tips so you can make the most of the sunshine with your pets this spring.

What to watch out for in your garden

Pet-Friendly Plants: Spring often brings an array of blooming plants, but not all of them are safe for our canine friends. Some common garden plants, such as azaleas, tulips, and daffodils, can be toxic to dogs if ingested. If you have a particularly young or inquisitive dog you may want to opt for pet-friendly alternatives like marigolds, sunflowers, or snapdragons to add colour without risking your dog’s health.

Fertilisers and Mulch: As you prepare your garden for the growing season, be cautious with fertilisers and mulch. Many commercial fertilisers contain chemicals that can be harmful if ingested by dogs. Choose pet-safe fertilisers and mulch options to minimise the risk. Additionally, keep your dog away from freshly treated areas until the products have been absorbed or watered in to prevent accidental ingestion.

Secure Fencing: Winter storms can cause a lot of damage to fences. It’s worth checking the perimeter of the garden for any new gaps to ensure your dog cannot escape the garden and wander off. However, a few small gaps benefit wildlife, meaning that native mammals such as hedgehogs can travel between gardens to find food.

Pesticides and Herbicides: While pests and weeds may pose challenges in the garden, the use of pesticides and herbicides requires careful consideration. These chemicals can be toxic to dogs, both through direct contact and ingestion. Our team recommends opting for pet-safe alternatives or natural pest control methods to protect your garden without compromising your dog’s well-being. This is also much better for the wildlife in your garden.

Watch Out for Sharp Objects: As you engage in gardening activities, be mindful of sharp tools and objects that may pose a risk to your dog’s paws or mouth. Store gardening tools safely and keep them out of your dog’s reach. Check the garden for any stray nails, broken glass, or sharp objects that could cause injuries.

Pet toys. It’s worth gathering up your pets toys at the end of the day and storing them somewhere clean and dry. Slugs and snails can be a source of parasites and theses can be transmitted to your pet via toys left in the garden overnight.

Feel free to share our article and these tips with your friends & family. If you have any concerns about your pets health please do get in touch with us here at the surgery.

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