If you have to spray your yard with pesticides or weed deterrents, allow the pesticides to completely dry before letting your pet back into the treated area. Keep your fertilizer use to a minimum, and verify that your preferred type won’t harm your pet. Use organic yard treatments whenever possible. For example, an all-natural mixture of water and cayenne pepper sprayed on vegetables in a garden can keep pests at bay while protecting the yields of homeowners with green thumbs. Store yard equipment like clippers and lawn mowers, especially of the electric variety, away from pets to reduce the potential for injury.
You can encourage yard safety by limiting the destruction that your pet engages in by providing distractions. Stimulating toys and obstacle courses can keep your dog from digging up your yard or gnawing at physical structures. For especially rambunctious pets, a good way to maintain control is to use a leash when they’re taken outdoors. Keeping your pet indoors while you’re out and about can significantly decrease the incidence of potentially dangerous misbehavior as well.
Pools provide a serious threat to pet safety, especially if your animals are not agile swimmers. If your pet is not accustomed to swimming, use physical barriers to block access to your pool area. Since pools can be attractive to animals who want to take a dip because of the heat, consider taking some time to teach your pet how to swim. Verify that your pet is a breed that can swim with little problem, and take special precautions if your pet is elderly or brachycephalic. Maintain your pool’s chlorine balance to deter algae growth and complications that can arise if your pet eats algae or ingests an excess of pool-related chemicals.
Increase your vigilance about pet safety as certain seasons and holidays approach. Allow your pet the comfort and safety of enjoying an indoor environment if you know that a fireworks display is scheduled for your neighborhood. Through the Halloween week, ensure that your pets are kept away from decorations, candy, and other foods that can be toxic to them. Consider installing shade structures and placing a water bowl with an automatic replenishment system in your backyard to keep your pets cool and hydrated. Remember that pets are especially vulnerable to heat-related issues during the early spring and summer, as they haven’t fully grown accustomed to the change of seasons.
Put up fences that can deter local wild animals that pose potential threats to your pets. For example, a fence with barbed wire can help guard your pets against roaming coyotes that may consider your pet to be prey. Similarly, you can reduce the instance of unwelcome visits from neighboring and curious domestic animals by being smart about what you keep in your backyard. Restrict access to pet food and water sources when your animal isn’t outdoors so that your yard is less inviting to neighborhood pets that are on the prowl.
- Is Your Home Safe for Your Pet? (PDF)
- Keeping Pets Safe in the Yard (PDF)
- Keep Pet Cats and Wildlife Safe (PDF)
- Preventing Everyday Pet Accidents
- Gardening With Dogs
- Pet-Safe Gardening
- Pets and Pesticide Use
- Keep Your Pets Safe From Lead
- Preventing Heat-Related Problems for Pets
- Create Tick-Free Zones
- Pet-Friendly Landscaping
- Keep Your Pets Safe All Summer Long
- Summer Safety Tips
- Tips to Keep Pets Safe and Healthy This Summer
- Veterinarians Remind Owners to Think of Pet Safety During the Summer
- Halloween Safety Tips for Your Pets
- The Holiday Top 10: A Survival Guide for Your Pet (PDF)
- Cold Weather Pet Tips
- Water Safety for Children and Dogs
- Pool Safety
- Mountain Lion Safety (PDF)
- Bobcats in Your Backyard (PDF)