Yes, it’s possible to have a dog and a green lawn. Ditch the scary ingredients for natural lawn care products that are safer for your whole family, four-legged members included. Some methods used can actually be detrimental to the health of your beloved pets. We would like to list what to avoid in this blog about pet-safe lawns.
Pesticides, Insecticides, And Herbicides
Many lawn chemicals are harmful and even deadly for your pets. If you have dogs who go outside often, you need to make sure you keep them safe from all the toxic chemicals in most lawn care products. Keep your pet inside after an application until the products dry. If they consume any of these materials, they should be taken to the vet immediately.
Choose Pet-Friendly Products
Our best advice is to read labels and avoid all lawn care products that aren’t marketed as safe for pets. If the ingredients aren’t all-natural, they’re likely not entirely safe for your pets. Many pets find organic fertilizer delicious. They are often full of bone meal and fish byproduct; they make a tasty snack for dogs. They will however wreak havoc on their digestive systems. Also, steer clear of cocoa products. This formula smells sweet and has an ingredient found in chocolate that is toxic for dogs.
Toxic And Non-Toxic Plants
You must also avoid and remove toxic plants from your yard. Certain mushrooms and plant leaves can be poisonous when consumed by a dog or a cat. Also, be advised that the consumption of any plant material may cause vomiting and gastrointestinal upset for dogs and cats. If you believe that your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance, or if you have any questions contact either your veterinarian or the APCC 24-hour emergency poison hotline at 1-888-426-4435.
Equipment And Machine Safety For Pets
Obviously, common-sense rules apply when it comes to ensuring your pet’s safety while mowing the lawn. Keep dogs and cats inside when big equipment is running. Some degree of caution should always be taken around animals and lawn care. When you’re not able to directly supervise an animal, it’s best to keep them separated from lawnmowers and trimmers. Additionally, even if your dog or cat is expressing zero interest and laying far away, you never know when a lawnmower may launch a stray rock and cause an injury. Or your pet may jump up and run into your path when pursuing a bird or squirrel.
Common Diseases Bugs & Rodents Transmit To Pets
Why is it important to help your pet avoid contact with certain bugs and rodents? The same reason you don’t want to come into contact with these creatures yourself…safety!
While spending time outside, your pet might run into some harm like:
- Heartworm from mosquitoes
- Lyme Disease from ticks
- Upset stomach from eating stink bugs
- Parvovirus from poop in the lawn
- Rabies from rodents
One way to keep dogs away from the plants in your yard is by building fences around them. Fenced-in gardens have a charm all their own, enjoying something of a courtyard feel. Wooden picket fences can be especially attractive. Alternatively, you could use fencing to create a designated area within which your dog is allowed to roam.
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