Dogs spend more and more time outdoors at this time of year. Keeping them safe in the garden is not just about secure fencing – there are other important aspects to consider. Here are a few tips:
- If you have a puppy, ensure any water features are properly covered so that they can’t accidentally fall in.
- Keep dogs out of the way while you mow the lawn or use a strimmer, to avoid cable chewing or other accidents.
- Don’t leave sharp garden tools lying around – they could step or fall on them, or you may turn round to find them charging round the garden with one in their mouth!
- Slug pellets and weedkillers are dangerous, and can be fatal. Many weedkillers that claim to be ‘pet safe’ are only safe once they have dried. Always read instructions, and err on the side of caution in using these products.
- Many plants and bulbs are poisonous to dogs. Take a look at the Dogs Trust list of toxic plants, and try to keep these out of areas your dog regularly uses.
Of course, if you have any concerns about your dog’s health and safety in the garden, or if you suspect it may have eaten something it shouldn’t, you should call your vet for advice.