This summer your dog will certainly be spending a lot of time in your yard. Before leaving it outside, you must identify the dangers of the garden for your dog and take precautions to secure your exterior. In fact, animals appreciate being able to breathe fresh air, rest in the grass or simply exercise, run or dig. However, even if it appears harmless, your garden presents some risks which can have repercussions on the health of your companion.
1. The first dangers of the garden: gardening tools
We naturally say to ourselves that it is normal to find gardening tools at home which represent real dangers of the garden. Generally, if children are present, care is taken to ensure that they do not touch them. However, sometimes your dog can have fun with the tools, too. Each year, veterinarians see dogs in consultation who have injured themselves with rakes, shears or pruning shears.
To prevent your dog from being tempted to touch your gardening equipment, there is only one solution: pick them up as you go. You will certainly enjoy your garden more.
Advice ! You can install a garden shed which will be used to store them well or to hide them in a corner of your garden with a tarpaulin for example.
2. Cleaning products: a source of poisoning
In summer, you will use a multitude of products to maintain your garden: repellents, fertilizers, weedkillers, pesticides or even insecticides. Those toxic products poison the environment, but also your dog. He may think of breathing them in or licking them. In addition, if he finds the bottles, he may be tempted to swallow them.
Likewise, pay attention to your maintenance products whether for your garden equipment or your swimming pool. Don’t leave them lying around and put them in a cabinet that your dog is unable to open. If you compost your waste for the good of the environment, be sure to prevent your dog from going there, in particular by choosing a closed container. Do not hesitate to install a barrier so that he cannot access it. We remind you that your dog can potentially be allergic to certain foods that compost.
Advice ! Favor natural products when possible, for example nettle manure and the manure easily replace chemical fertilizer.
3. Poisonous plants: easily ingestible
If your dog is bored, he will attack your flowers, plants and shrubs. It will make your garden ugly, but it can also poison itself by devouring your plants. It is important to know that dangers are everywhere: lily of the valley, ficus, oleander or hydrangea.
To beautify the beds, many people cover them with cocoa bean mulch. It is good to know that they are extremely harmful to dogs.
Trick ! Instead, prefer hemp or natural wood chips.
4. Insect bites: a sharp pain
From early spring through summer, it is not uncommon to encounter populations of flying or stinging insects in the garden. Bees, bumblebees, wasps, hornets, mosquitoes, sandflies or processionary caterpillars (covered in very poisonous stinging hairs) are likely to get a little too close to your dog. Their contact with its skin, muzzle, paws or mucous membranes (eyes or mouth) can trigger severe itching or severe allergies. Disinfect the stung area quickly, without wanting to aspirate the venom. Remove the stinger only if it is clearly visible or take it to a veterinary clinic. Watch your dog carefully for the next few hours.
To keep these unwanted intruders away as much as possible, avoid leaving your garbage cans or compost lying around in the garden. The bowl of croquettes or pâtés should not remain outside either. Be careful during the hottest hours, observe the surroundings and watch your dog well. In the event of anaphylactic shock, contact a veterinarian immediately.
Advice ! Have you discovered a nest of dangerous insects? Do not panic, contact the town hall of your home for intervention or a professional exterminator to protect you as well.
5. The absence of a fence: a risk of running away or theft
Before you even open your door to let your dog go into the garden, you need to make sure that he cannot escape. Install a fencing, put some wire mesh or build a low wall. When entering or leaving your property, always remember to close doors and gates behind you. The slightest flaw in your fence will be quickly discovered by the dog who will take the opportunity to escape.
Some breeds tend to want to run away more easily, like the husky. Remember that the danger is even greater outside: a car accident, a fight with another animal, etc. Likewise, you must prevent anyone from entering your yard otherwise expect to have your dog stolen or to see a dangerous animal to enter him. To prevent your dog from trying to run away, you must entertain him daily with adapted and varied toys.
If you have an easily accessible garage, garden shed or storeroom, watch out for products that may be there. Even the smallest drop can poison your pet. Put them up and lock the doors, just like for small children.
Brilliant idea! Set up a sandbox. He will be able to dig in rather than digging in the earth and creating an opening to the outside of the fence.
6. Water points: the swimming pool, the garden pond or the sanitation tank
If it’s hot, your dog will probably want to take a dip in your pool or pond to cool off. However, you still need to watch it. You are required by law to secure your pool. If you don’t plan on going, put up blankets, shutters or tarps to prevent your dog from diving in. There is a high risk of drowning especially for young puppies.
Likewise, if you have a garden pond, you certainly don’t want your dog to mess around with your fish. Prevent him from going there and set up a secure barrier.
Advice ! If you are in individual sanitation at home, your manhole cover must be unbroken and well closed. Do not hesitate to leave a large vase on it in order to easily spot it on the ground and prevent it from being moved.
Does your dog like water? Offer him a special swimming pool to cool off in the summer in complete safety.
7. The outdoor kitchen: a risk of cuts or burns
When the sunny days come, you are definitely going to want to cook outside. So you are going to take out your beautiful barbecue, the plancha, the charcoal or your kitchen utensils. As with a child, you must protect these objects. Those who decide should not be left at the disposal of your dog. In the same vein, prevent your animal from approaching your barbecue while it is still hot, it risks being severely burned.
Likewise, it’s common to drop food on the floor that your dog will happily pick up. Pay attention to your leftovers, especially the small bones. The dog should never be able to eat a cooked bone. It may crumble and injure his stomach to the point of perforation.
Advice ! Treat your sweet friend to chewy bones, a pastime treat good for their dental hygiene.
8. Bad weather: being too hot or too cold
If you leave your dog outside for long hours, you need to ensure that he can find shelter. Install a niche in the garden will allow him to take refuge there if the sun is too strong. Likewise, if it starts to rain suddenly, it can take shelter while you wait for your return. The doghouse is essential for his well-being, because he can be sensitive to the capricious weather: thunderstorms, sudden hail, wind-rain or on the contrary sun, heat wave and heat stroke.
Advice ! It is best to elevate your dog’s kennel for better insulation and add a comfortable bed, a cooling mat in the summer, or an outdoor fountain right next to it.
If you have followed our precautions on dangers of the garden, your dog is completely safe in your home. Unfortunately, if the risk materializes, we recommend that you see a veterinarian as soon as possible. He is the only one capable of healing an injury or poisoning. Now that your garden is completely secure, you should also think about securing the interior of your home by checking your aeration equipment or the toxicity of your houseplants.