Pets – cats, dogs, birds, rabbits and even reptiles are part of our lives. In 2020, pet ownership in the U.S. rose to an all-time high of 70%, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA). Pets play a central role in comforting and offering companionship to their owners, which feels especially important now. No matter what pet you have in your house you want to keep them safe, happy and healthy. And that extends to the yard as well; it is important to consider the hazards to pets outside your home and plan ways to accommodate their needs in a safe way. The following are some ideas to get you started.
Shaded Retreat. While your pet is outside, providing them a place to hide out from the heat of the sun is a good first step to keeping your pet safe. This can be a restful spot for them to take nap on a bed or put a pool underneath the shade for those water loving pets.
Avoid Toxic Plants. Responsible owners should be aware of the plants that are toxic to their pets. Although it is unlikely that your pet will be enticed to eat your favorite begonia, it is important to know. Amaryllis, lilies, hyacinth, and daffodils are toxic for cats, while tulips, azaleas, oleander, iris, ivy, and peonies are just some of the danger plants for dogs. Ferns, palms, catnip, lemongrass, and hibiscus are some of the most pet-friendly plants.
Preventative Medication. Fleas and ticks pose a serious health threat to your pets and now that they are likely spending more time outdoors, it is important to make sure your pet’s medication and preventative treatment is up to date. You can also restrict the habits of fleas and ticks by keeping a well-maintained lawn.
Install a Fence. Fencing can give you peace of mind knowing that your pet can exercise in a safe environment. A fence also keeps your pet safe from the hazards posed by cars or pets on the loose.
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