June 12, 2020 3:43 pm
Not everything in your garden is harmless for your four-legged friends
Here are a few tips on how to make your garden a safer place for your furry friends.
If you suspect your pet has eaten something, act ASAP
You can be the most careful pet owner, but it takes just seconds for your cat or dog to let curiosity take over. If you suspect your pet has eaten something, whether it is a bug or plant you believe could be poisonous to them, do not hesitate to contact the vet.
Tip: stay one step ahead by keeping some pet first aid items on hand
Do your research
Flowers such as lilies, tulips, daffodils, hyacinths just to name a few can be deadly to cats causing diarrhoea, vomiting and even kidney failure. For dogs, potentially toxic plants include buttercups, daffodils, daphne, chrysanthemum to name a few.
See here for more information about pet allergies.
Make sure your garden is secure
Some pets tend to dig under fences or escape through holes in fences. Even if you have a solid fence or wall in place, they may well burrow down under it, ensure all holes are covered and your fence is high enough. The type of material used for your fence or wall is an important factor to consider, you may need to consider replacing or updating! Walls are usually the most effective. Close board or wooden fencing is a popular option, particularly for smaller properties. Wire fencing is also a great way to secure your garden, from chicken wire to heavy duty alternatives.
Clean up after yourself
Don't let grass clippings, shrub trimmings and other waste sit around in your garden, expose of them straight away. Pets are naturally curious beings, and you never know when they will eat something they aren't supposed to unsupervised.
Compost bins containing food scraps can be attractive to dogs and can contain contents that can be harmful to them, make sure to secure your compost bin.
Out of reach
Edible plants such as garlic, chives, onions and leeks can be toxic for pets if ingested in large quantities. Even unripe tomatoes and tomato plants can go on to cause heart issues and vomiting due to a substance called tomatine. To avoid risk try using raised beds, tall enough for your pet to not be able to reach, hanging baskets are also a great way to keep your garden looking beautiful whilst keeping potentially toxic plants away from your pets.
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This post was written by millerwp