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While you may love the look of your yard, chances are, your pets might not feel the same. Your backyard should be a safe environment for all, including your furry family members.
Take the time to create a secure and safe environment for your beloved pets. For many, backyard safety for pets applies to their dogs, while those with outdoor cats should be aware of the potential dangers in their yard. If you’re ready to create a safer yard for all, see a few helpful backyard safety tips.
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One of the first things any pet owner should do is install a fence in your backyard. There are many instances of families losing their beloved dog or cat, simply because they ran away. You can avoid this by installing a fence that keeps them inside the yard at all times. While any fence will do, be sure your pet can’t climb up and over, like with a chain link fence. A wood privacy fence is your best bet for a pet safe yard. The average cost to install a privacy fence is between $3/sf and $13/sf.
If you already have a fence, be sure to check it regularly for any holes, gaps or weak areas where your pet may be able to slip away. For small dogs and cats especially, a small hole is an easy escape for them. If you find any issues with your current fencing, get them repaired immediately.
Pet Safe Weed Killers
Every year, new weeds tend to sprout up in the yard. Of course, you’ll want to do whatever it takes to get rid of them. However, you must consider your pet when choosing a weed control solution. Weed killers can have negative effects on your pets such as vomiting or even long-term damages if infested. If you’re concerned about choosing the right pet safe solution for your cat or dog, it’s best to contact a landscaping pro who can help, especially for stubborn weeds.
Of course, if you’re looking to get rid of a few pesky weeds, there are some natural DIY solutions you can try that won’t harm your pet. Here are a few ideas:
- Pour boiling water over the weed.
- Use salt in pavement and cracks where weeds grow.
- Spray the weed with vinegar. This may take a few applications
Create A Shady Spot
In the hot summer weather, humans stay much cooler than their furry counterparts. Always be conscious of the weather before playing or walking your animal outside. In hot and humid temperatures, opt to play with them in the air conditioning.
However, pets might still want a place to cool off, even in nicer weather. Be sure they have a shady spot to relax and hide from the sunshine. If you have a dog, a small pool could be a fun playtime option for the summer where they can keep cool and have fun in the yard.
Remove Poisonous Plants
You may not realize it, but some plants are poisonous to pets if touched or ingested. For kittens and puppies that spend time outdoors, they are likely to want to chew anything they see. Check your yard for plants that could be toxic for your pets, such as:
- English Ivy
- Morning Glory
In addition, it’s a good idea to keep pets out of the garden as much as possible, for the safety of your animal and growing produce. Here’s a list of vegetable garden plants that are poisonous to pets.
Repel Fleas & Ticks
Fleas and ticks are a problem for both pet and owner. It can become an unwelcome infestation for your home. With pets rolling around in the grass, there is always a chance they can attract fleas or ticks to their skin. Of course, the first step to repelling fleas and ticks is prevention. Check with your veterinarian to see what flea and tick treatment might be best for your pet, based on breed and size.
In addition, there are ways you can prevent fleas and ticks from becoming a problem in your yard. A few home remedies you can do is keeping a freshly cut and dry yard, as moisture attracts fleas to an area. Secondly, put cedar chips down in shady areas of your yard. Fleas thrive in darker, cooler areas but can’t stand the smell of cedar. This is a great preventive measure to take.
If you find yourself with a flea or tick infestation, it’s best to contact a pest control contractor. They can get rid of the problem quickly and safely. The average cost to hire an insect control service is $211, with most homeowners spending between $134 and $198.
Keep Garbage Cans Out Of Reach
As much as you love your pets, you might not love the mischief they get into. A safe yard for them means keeping your garbage cans and trash out of reach. Dogs will tear through the trash to find all your food scraps that could potentially be poisonous and make a mess in your yard. Avoid all these issues by keeping your trash cans elsewhere.
Keep Pets Off Of Grass After Fertilizing
While fertilizing your grass is a necessary and routine treatment, it can often be dangerous if it gets on your pet’s skin or ingested. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, rash, excessive urination and in the worst cases, death. The safest thing you can do for your pet is keep him or her off the grass for 72 hours after fertilizer application, giving it enough time to soak into the ground.
Your pets are a part of the family, so it only makes sense that they enjoy your backyard just as much as you do. Take the steps to create a safe yard for them and you’ll be able to enjoy all the benefits together. If you have any questions about the safety of your pet or using a new product, always consult your veterinarian.
Looking for more ideas to create a happy home for your furry family members? Read How To Make Your Home More Pet Friendly.