Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Making your garden dog safe

We love our dog and like seeing her happy, most of all she enjoys being outdoors seeking adventure, running around the garden, digging in the flower beds and generally causing whatever mischief she can!  Her nose and paws are always covered in soil and plants usually go flying everywhere.

We assume she is safe in the garden because it’s all closed in, when she was a puppy she escaped to visit the neighbours but since we boarded that section up she stays put fortunately!!!  Plus her larger size makes it harder for her to escape now thankfully!  


Before she was so little and could even get under our gate.


Yet its not just about keeping your pet enclosed away from dangers like being injured by a passing car or getting lost, but also making sure whatever is in the garden is safe for them.  I hadn’t realised that certain plants can actually be extremely dangerous for dogs.  We were always aware of some the main dangers in the kitchen, like chocolate, raisins, onions and garlic, yet had never even started to think about the plants in our garden that could be toxic.  Hopefully this post will get more of you thinking about how you can make your garden a safer space for your dog to enjoy.

Given the amount of time Summer likes spending in the garden it’s important that we keep an eye on the situation.  She has a habit of occasionally using her mouth to pull up plants and throw them across the garden, she must think she is being helpful or just likes making a BIG mess (most probably the later!).  But since reading this infographic from Rattan Direct I am a little concerned as we do have plants that I hadn’t realised are dangerous for dogs.  Mainly ivy and daffodils which can cause vomiting and diarrhoea, she has been sick before so that might be one of the reasons why.


If you have a dog please do take note of any changes you could make in your own garden that would protect your dog.  

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