Creating Pet Friendly Outdoor Spaces & Dog Friendly Gardens
April 03, 2018 • Health & Wellness
Just like our homes, our gardens need to be safe too – and not just for humans.
From your pet rabbit enjoying a rummage in the flower beds to your dog or cat enjoying the garden, there are many potential dangers to pets (and wildlife too). Do you know what they are?
PLANTS present the most danger to plants with some presenting a danger if they are ingested or eaten, others if they are touched or brushed against. It is not just the leaves and flowers either – it can be their seeds and flowers and in the case of spring flowers, the bulbs and tubers from which they grow.
CHEMICALS we commonly used in the garden can also present a problem. Chemical weed killers along with insect control such as slug pellets can be harmful and even toxic to dogs, cats, and other animals and birds. Although manufacturers are making changes to their formulas to try and stop this happening, pet owners are urged to check the packaging for instructions and what to do if the product is accidentally swallowed by humans and pets.
LANDSCAPING and other items we use in the garden can also be a nuisance to pets and other wildlife. From curious cats falling in ponds to dogs being hurt exploring sections of the garden that present hazards and dangers to them, the best policy is prevention. But how can you make your garden human and pet-friendly?
Thankfully, the pet-loving team at Rattan Direct have come up with the answer with this handy infographic on creating a dog and cat-friendly outdoor space.
Included is a definitive list of plants that can be problematic if Fido decides to eat them or Tiddles enjoys munching on their leaves! Take a look at what small changes can save a lot of heartache with their guide to a dog-friendly garden.