There is nothing like getting outside and enjoying the outdoors with your furry friends. In fact, fresh air, physical activity, and environmental enrichment are just a few of the perks of spending some time outdoors with your pets. While you may be looking to spend more quality time indoors, there may be a chance for fun right outside your door. Naturally, your outdoor space may need a DIY refresh. From toxic plants to pesky pests, pet hazards may lurk in your backyard. Read on to learn more about these five pet-friendly backyard safety tips and keep your best friend safe year-round in your own outdoor oasis.
Pet-friendly backyard safety tips for your best friend
Whether you have one pet or a multi-pet household, a pet-friendly backyard is a great way for the entire family to get outside and enjoy the space together. Consider a fence for additional safety measures and be mindful of furry friends that like to dig.
1. Keep the plants and flowers pet-friendly
It’s the great outdoors, so your pets may want to explore. For this reason, consider doing a little digging and research the best pet-friendly plants to have in your yard.
Also, take into consideration your landscaping design, yard space, and plan accordingly for your pet.
Further, beware of lilies, sago palm, tulips, daffodils, and oleander as they are harmful to pets. The last thing you want is an unexpected trip to the veterinarian with your best friend.
2. Provide a space to rest and play
A pet-friendly backyard is a great way to let your best friend to adventure, play, and rest. Consider providing your pet with items like a cover or awning over their pet bed, fan, and outdoor toys.
Your furry friend can stretch their legs and get some exercise while they’re out enjoying some sun with the family.
3. Be mindful of toxic landscaping
Your pet’s safety is front of mind when you’re spending time outdoors. While hazards can appear at any time you may not think of your yard as one of them.
Consider keeping your pet indoors and off your lawn for at least 24 hours after fertilizing the area. Some of the chemicals found in fertilizers may have long-lasting effects on your pet.
Also, there are several eco-friendly lawn options that can help keep your furry friend in mind. If you have any concerns, talk to your veterinarian on their recommendations for your furry friend.
4. Keep your eyes peeled for pesky pests
Fleas and ticks can show up anytime and this includes in your own backyard. Consider giving your furry friend some relief with a year-round preventative.
Also, your veterinarian is a great resource to determine which preventative is best for your pets. You don’t want the stress of a flea infestation or Lyme disease for your best friend.
5. Provide plenty of hydration
Water is incredibly important for dogs and cats of all ages. Whether you’re lounging outside or enjoying a game of toss, your pet’s overall health is dependent on getting the proper amount of hydration.
Consider keeping fresh water available in multiple areas of the yard. Also, for enrichment add items like a water fountain for extra stimulation during playtime.
The fountain may help keep them cool and also entertain them.
A pet-friendly backyard may help
all family members enjoy the outdoors
All family members should be able to enjoy the comforts of home, including your furry friend. A safe and pet-friendly backyard allows for your pet to enjoy nature and spend quality time with you. With some preparation, research, DIY projects, and talking to your veterinarian your pets will be able to enjoy some fun in the sun for many seasons to come!
What are some of your favorite pet-friendly backyard safety tips?
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