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
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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