Spring watch : Dogs and Gardens



A Safe Garden for Your Dog


As an update to a previous blog on dogs and gardens. A list of plants that are poisonous to dogs can be found there: 


Water and Shade 


It’s essential to provide water and shady areas for your hairy companion so he doesn’t overheat on hot days, and a dry spot if he’s likely to be out in damper weather. Make sure any sharp edges or other pointy things are covered over or kept out of reach, as inevitably an inquiring nose will find them with potentially disastrous results.


Secure boundary

It goes without saying that a secure boundary is an essential part of a dog-friendly garden. Its height will depend entirely on your dog’s jumping ability and his Houdini tendencies. A bored dog is more likely to escape in search of entertainment, so make the garden an irresistibly fun place to be by providing free access to toys, chews, and don’t leave him alone for extended periods. Some peopleoffer uncooked bones and chew but you mustpick them up each evening so they do not attract rats and mice which can carry diseases which can prove fatal to dogs 

Sometimes we forget the simplest things! Put your pets inside when mowing or strimming the lawn. A lawn mower can make a projectile out of a stick or rock that can injure your pet. Strimming wire can hurl objects many meters with disastrous results to your pet.


Paint your garden tools a bright colour such as red or yellow so you can see them out in the yard. Many pets step or trip on sharp garden implements. Store your chemicals out of reach and in their original containers. Don't assume your pet will not be interested in consuming these products. If there is a toxic exposure or consumption, call your veterinarian immediately with the information from the product label. Keep your pets inside when applying any chemicals to the lawn or garden. With a little planning you and your pet can enjoy a safe and beautiful garden.


Cocoa Shell Mulch: A Little-Known Danger


Most people don’t realise it, but those increasingly popular cocoa shell mulches used for landscaping can also pose a serious risk to dogs in the same way that chocolate does. Theobromine, the “poison” in Chocolate can be removed from cocoa mulch pretty easily, and some manufacturers do this and others do not but at the moment there is no way for the consumer toknow if the mulch they are buying has been treated.


Ask your Garden centre or supplier to ensure you won’t inadvertently poison your dog.