Do you have a yard for your dog to run and play in? If so, that’s great! Why not give it a pupgrade, and make it both safer and more fun for Fido? A Lewisville, TX vet offers some tips on how to do that below.

Fencing

First and foremost, make sure that your fencing is solid, and that Fido can’t jump over it or dig under it. We also recommend getting a self-latching gate. If you think your pup may try to dig an escape tunnel, bury chicken wire beneath the fence and weight it down with rocks. It’s worth noting that, while chain-link fences are often cheapest, they won’t necessarily keep snakes out.

Water Fun

Texas summers aren’t exactly balmy! Why not give Fido a kiddie pool to splash around in? Or, let him play in the water from a hose or sprinkler. Your canine pal may also enjoy a pet fountain. (Note: if you use reclaimed water for landscaping, get a hose filter.)

Plants

Make sure your yard only contains safe plants. Sago palms are a huge concern, as they are highly toxic to dogs. Foxtail grasses are also unsafe, as are many flowers, such as tulips, daffodils, and bluebells. You can find more information about safe and unsafe plants at the ASPCA website here.

Other Garden Hazards

Many lawn/garden products, such as fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides, are toxic to pets. After applying these, soak the treated area, so the chemicals seep down into the ground. Also, avoid mulch, especially cocoa mulch.

Critters

There are some ways to make your place less appealing to unwanted guests such as rats, ticks, fleas, and rattlesnakes. Keep your grass neatly mowed, and remove debris, such as dead branches, old toys, and empty plant pots. If you have a garden and/or fruit trees, pick up fallen produce immediately. Finally, keep woodpiles and hedges neat, and fill in empty spaces beneath sheds, garages, and, if applicable, Fido’s doghouse.

Doghouse

A doghouse is a great addition! Choosing one that is the right size is very important. You don’t want it to be too big or too small. It should be made of a material that offers good insulation. Wood is great, but avoid pressure-treated wood, as it isn’t safe for dogs.

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Lewisville, TX vet clinic, today!