It’s nice to enjoy your yard and garden while relaxing, playing, and entertaining. As pretty as they look, they can be dangerous for your pets. As a pet parent, it’s your job to make sure that places your dogs play, explore, and go potty are as safe as possible.

It’s quite common to see dogs and other animals in the emergency vet every year from contact with weed killers, insecticides, and pet-toxic plants (among other every day outside things).

Before you do anything to your yard, check out these safety measures.


Be Mindful of Plants and Flowers

Keep in mind that many popular outdoor plants are poisonous. Before you design and start planting your yard, look into each plant and its toxicity. For instance, sago palms and azaleas are toxic to dogs. Sago palm and other members of the cycad family as well as wild mushrooms can cause liver failure. Prevent your pets from visiting other yards without your supervision if you’re unsure what kinds of plants or flowers they have. Keep your pets off lawns that you’re unfamiliar with and other places like parks and public yard areas. This will help you keep your pet happy and healthy.

Get Familiar With Insecticides

Plain and simple, insecticides are not meant for four-legged animal consumption. Always make sure to store them in areas away from pets and children. Take time to read the manufacturer’s label carefully for proper usage and storage. Although some fertilizers, herbicides, sprays, and insecticides may be needed to keep your yard healthy, the ingredients are not good for your pets and children.

Rely on pet-safe options if you can find them and follow instructions on the package regarding pets.

The Same Goes for Fertilizers

Fertilizers and plant food keep your yard healthy and green, but they can cause significant harm to your pets’ digestive tract. Follow the instructions carefully and allow the appropriate waiting period before letting your pet run wild outdoors. If your pet ingests large amounts of fertilizer, they can experience an upset stomach and may suffer life-threatening gastrointestinal obstruction.

Pick Animal Safe Mulch

Just like chocolate, cocoa mulch can create problems for your pets. Pets love its sweet smell, and depending on the amount ingested, it can cause a range of symptoms, including vomiting, diarrhea, muscle tremors, elevated heart rate, and seizures.

Try using alternatives like cedar, shredded pine, or hemlock bark, and always read and follow instructions. Always supervise your pets in the yard.

Put All Your Tools Away

When finished with your yard work, make sure you properly store all of your garden tools in a safe place. This may seem like no big deal; however, rakes, tillers, hoes, and trowels can be hazardous to your pets. Things like injuries to eyes, paws, or noses from rusty or sharp tools can create a danger for tetanus.

Take precautions and keep your yard safe for your pets. When creating a beautiful outdoor oasis, you’ll feel better about your pet’s health when enjoying all of your hard work with their safety in mind.