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yard safety for petsWhether your yard is a carefully manicured work of art, a relaxing retreat after a long day of work, or your kids’ favorite playground, your personal green space is an important part of your life. For pets, the yard is their window to the world, and practicing the principles of yard safety for pets will ensure their enjoyment for years to come.

Beat the Heat

Spending time outdoors is one of the best parts of summer for people and pets, but the heat and humidity can be a real threat to our furry friends.

You can protect your pet from heatstroke and other heat-related illnesses by making sure your backyard is a safe haven:

  • Water – Having steady access to fresh, cool water is essential in preventing heatstroke and dehydration.
  • Shade – Make sure there is plenty of shade where your pet can find respite from the sun.
  • Shelter – Pets, even those who primarily live outdoors, should be brought inside where the air conditioning or fans are running during the hottest part of the day.

Parasite Prevention

Protecting your pet from fleas, ticks, and heartworm is a cornerstone of responsible pet ownership. Make sure your little buddy is up-to-date on his or her preventive medications, and make your yard is less hospitable to pests and wild animals that carry parasites by:

  • Fencing the yard
  • Making sure trash cans are securely covered
  • Not leaving pet food and water outside overnight
  • Keeping flea and tick habitats to a minimum by making sure grass is trimmed and tall weeds and debris piles are cleaned up
  • Reduce mosquito breeding by removing any standing water on your property

Yard Safety for Pets

As you’re taking a discerning look around the yard and garden for potential pet hazards, be sure to take the necessary precautions against the following common concerns:

  • Toxins – Herbicides, pesticides, rodenticides, and other chemicals should be locked safely away from pets.
  • Plants – Certain plants, such as lilies, rhododendrons, azaleas, and more can put pets at risk of poisoning. Check out the ASPCA’s list of poisonous plants to make sure your pet is protected.
  • Lawn edging – Traditional metal lawn edging can cause serious injury to your pet’s paws and legs as it slowly protrudes above the surface of the grass over time. Consider replacing metal edging with pet-friendly roll top or plastic edging, brick pavers, wood, or vegetation to define the border of your lawn or garden.

As always, if you have any concerns about yard safety for pets, your partners in pet care at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital are here for you!