Homeowner Resources June 25, 2024

Pet Proofing Your Yard: Keep Your Pets Happy & Safe This Summer

As the weather warms up, our furry friends will want to spend more time lounging outside. To ensure their safety and happiness, it’s essential to pet-proof your yard. Here are some tips to keep your four-legged companions safe this summer:

Install a Secure Fence

A sturdy fence is crucial for your backyard to keep unwanted animals out and your pets in. Inspect your fence regularly for holes where small dogs might slip through and ensure it’s tall enough to prevent large dogs from jumping over. Additionally, consider a secondary fence around swimming pools. Even strong swimmers should never be left unattended around water, so teach your pets how to safely enter and exit the pool.

Choose Pet-Safe Plants

Some plants in your yard might pose a threat to your pets. Before gardening, research and avoid planting toxic varieties. Here are a few examples of common plants that could be poisonous:

  • Mums
  • Hostas
  • Boston and English Ivy
  • Hydrangeas
  • Oak Trees (leaves and acorns)
  • Tulips
  • Azaleas
  • Lilies
  • Aloe Vera

Ensure your yard is free of thorny or prickly plants as well.

Secure Trash Cans

Properly closed and secured trash cans are essential to keep your pets safe. If pets ingest something harmful from the trash, the consequences could be fatal. Securing trash cans also deters wildlife from rummaging through them. Regularly check your yard for trash and other dangerous objects. If you have a fire pit, never leave your dog unattended when there’s an active fire or while the area is still hot.

Maintain Your Lawn

Tall, unkept grass can harbor ticks, while fleas thrive in dark, humid places like outdoor dog houses, decks, and sheds. Regularly sweep patios, clean under decks, and remove yard debris to prevent infestations. Tall grass can also cause allergic reactions in pets. If you need to treat your yard with chemicals, consult your veterinarian for pet-friendly options.

Provide Water and Shelter

Ensure your pets have access to water and shade if they spend extended time outdoors. Dehydration and heat sickness can lead to severe health complications and can be fatal.

By taking these steps, you can create a safe and enjoyable outdoor environment for your pets this summer. If you have any questions or need more tips, reach out to a Coldwell Banker Heritage agent for assistance.