The following is a guest post from Ashley Spade. Ashley, in addition to being Sir Winston Pugsalot the First’s favorite human, is a blogger and law student. She volunteers at her local pug rescue in between studying and training for triathlons (sometimes at the same time).
3 Tips to Keep Your Furry Friend Safe in the Backyard
Summer has arrived, and with it more time you can spend relaxing, playing and fixing up the backyard. While you’re out planting flowers or lounging in the chair with a good book, don’t forget to let your furry friends out for a bit of romping fun. Dogs need exercise about as much as their owners do, and a backyard is the perfect place where they can run around, roll in the grass, jump for that Frisbee or into the swimming pool.
Before you open that pet gate, have you made sure your backyard is safe for your pet? Even in your own backyard, there can be dangers to your dog that can send it to the animal emergency room. Whether you’re an experienced dog owner or a new one, it’s always a good idea to check out the yard and make sure there are no dangers that can harm your dog.
Pet Safety Tip #1: Safeguard Your Pool
Pets need to be safe around your backyard pool in the same way as children. Keep pool supplies, like chlorine pool chemicals, out of reach of your pets, as consumption is poisonous and possibly fatal. Also, pool toys made out of Styrofoam should be kept in a safe place so dogs that like to chew on everything don’t swallow and choke on the pieces. Here’s a list of other pool safety tips to keep your pets safe.
- Keep pool gates locked when you’re not in the backyard.
- Purchase a pool ramp to let your dog get out of the pool safely in case he falls in.
- Pool equipment and electrical cords need to be inaccessible to pets that might chew on or get tangled in power cords.
- Secure pool covers and ties so that pets can’t get into the pool on their own.
Pet Safety Tip #2: Have All Shots Up-To-Date
Whether you have a puppy or an older dog, you should ensure all vaccinations and boosters are up-to-date to prevent your pet from becoming sick or acquiring fatal diseases. Even when living in an urban area, your pet can get a serious disease, such as rabies, from other infected animals like stray dogs or racoons.
Speak with your veterinarian regarding all vaccinations and boosters you should get to keep your pet safe and healthy. You can also take measures to safeguard your backyard so your dog does not become sick.
- Although invisible fences are great to keep your pet inside your property, other animals can still enter your backyard. Let your dog out only when you’ll be outside to watch over it.
- Install a physical fence to prevent animals from getting into your yard.
- Ensure trash doesn’t litter the yard as this will attract animals. Keep trash cans in a secure place where animals can’t reach.
Pet Safety Tip #3: Keep Your Fence Maintained
Pets should feel safe in backyards. A fence can keep other animals out of your yard and keep your dog on your property away from traffic. Yet weather, age and unforeseen circumstances can take a toll on the condition of the fence. Make a yearly inspection for problem areas that can be fixed before you let your dog play outside.
- Fix or replace damaged fence boards.
- Fill in holes with packed dirt or loose stone under metal or wood fences where your dog might have tried to dig an escape route.
- Replace missing nails on loose boards. Check for rusted nails in the yard to prevent your dog from swallowing them.
Enjoy Summertime with Your Pet
By following these simple tips, your backyard will be safe and secure for your pet to be outdoors. But don’t forget the one important thing about being a dog owner: spending quality time together. Play with your dog and show love for your furry friend by providing him a safe backyard.