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With reports of an Indian summer heading this way in September, many of us will be back out enjoying the warm weather in the garden. However, certain dangers are lurking around the perimeters of the garden that could be dangerous to our furry friends.
Plants, pest control, sunshine, and the ponds created to attract wildlife could lead to unexpected dangers for dogs as we enjoy the final weeks of summer. We have a look at some advice to help keep our pets safe in the garden.
Avoid poisonous plants
Plants might be beautiful to have in the garden, but they are best kept away from our pets. It can be shocking the realise that common garden flowers such as hydrangea, foxgloves, lily of the valley and geraniums can be toxic to curious canines if they decide to eat them.
Always check that any flowers and plants are pet-safe to ensure that your borders are both a gorgeous sight and a safe environment.
Switch to natural pest control
No one wants slugs and snails ruining the hard work we’ve put into the garden, but before you start applying pesticides, keep in mind that they can be just as harmful to your pets as they are to pests.
By encouraging natural predators such as hedgehogs, frogs and toads, you can keep unwanted pests away. You could also try planting sacrificial plants to keep insects away from your prize blooms and vegetables and rely on birds to eat the offending insects.
Either way, remember to keep your dog away from the helpful wildlife.
Pet-friendly resting spots
Dogs get easily overheated on warmer days, so ensure there are plenary of cooling shady spots for them to go and cool down and relax. Trees and shrubs provide great shade, but you can also create your own shelters with sheets as a dog-friendly refuge.
If your dog enjoys basking in the sun, don’t forget that they are at risk of sunburn and you may need to apply pet-friendly sunscreen, especially for animals with thin or light coloured fur.
A protected pond
A garden pond is a fantastic idea for attracting wildlife and transform your garden into a haven for frogs, newts, and a huge variety of insects. However, a kind can be a hazard for pets.
You might need to fence off the pond or fit a guard on top. Maybe it might be an idea to have several shallower ponds that are still great for wildlife, and safer for pets. Make sure your dog has a fresh water supply so they don’t drink from the pond!
Secure the perimeter
Gaps in fences could trap your pet’s foot or nose if they are the curious type, so ensure your perimeter fence is sturdy enough to prevent pets from being able to squeeze through.
As well as keeping your pet safely inside the garden, a secure fence will also assist in keeping out predators like foxes, allowing smaller pets to roam safely. Ensuring that a fence is tall enough is equally important, as it will prevent any curious four-legged friends from attempting a great escape.
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