By Sally Perkins
A pet suffering from an upset stomach or injured limb worries any pet owner and with 85 million American families owning a pet, keeping them safe and using pet-friendly products in and around the home is the top priority. Dogs are one of the most popular pets across the globe with many pet owners doting on them and treating them as one of the family. Owners keep them by their side wherever they go, including taking them to dog-friendly holiday parks for some rest and relaxation. At these parks, owners are safe in the knowledge that their beloved pooch is in a dog-friendly environment away from danger, but can you be sure your pet is also safe in your own backyard?
There are many dog-friendly eateries across the US and when dining there, owners should ensure their dogs only consume the dog-friendly food on the menu and steer clear of the human offerings. However, it’s not always as easy to stop a pet from chewing on unfriendly items found in the backyard. Obvious dangers for pets when out in the backyard include contact with poisonous plants and flowers, such as lilies and daffodils which are toxic to cats and dogs, abandoned power tools with sharp blades, and broken fences which could be used as escape routes or cause injury to an inquisitive pet. Chemicals, such as fertilizers, used on the lawn also pose a risk to pets, with many fertilizers stating that pets should be kept off areas where they have been used for at least 72 hours due to the insecticides they contain.
With all these dangers found in the backyard, it’s important to take precautions to keep your pet as safe as possible. Regularly check the plants growing in your backyard and be sure to remove any that may be toxic to pets. You may think your yard is free from dangerous plants, however, birds will drop seeds and often these will root and grow, resulting in owners finding blooming plants they weren’t expecting.
All tools should be safely stored away when not in use and be sure your pet can’t get to and chew on the lawn mower lead. Care should also be taken when changing lawn mower blades and saw blades and any used parts should be safely disposed of immediately.
A regular check of your lawn is also advisable as broken toys, sticks, and snails all pose a risk to pets, and in particular to dogs. A broken toy can easily be swallowed by a pup and become lodged in their digestive system, while broken sticks can cut into the sides of a dog’s mouth or stomach organs should they consume it. Snails can cause lungworm in dogs, which is especially dangerous and potentially life-threatening, therefore it’s vital to remove any found in your backyard.
Pets make a great addition to any household, but steps should be taken on a regular basis to keep them safe and away from harm, whether it be inside the house, outside in the yard, or while away on vacation.
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