Alpha Vets on spring gardening safety for dog owners

March 7, 2024

As the days grow longer and the temperatures rise, many dog owners in Greater London find themselves drawn to the outdoors, eager to spruce up their gardens and enjoy the beauty of spring. While gardening can be a delightful activity, it’s crucial to consider the safety of our furry companions, especially our inquisitive dogs.

Alpha Vets have some essential spring garden safety tips to ensure a hazard-free environment for your canine companion. Remember, if you ever encounter an emergency, don’t hesitate to call our vet practice immediately on 0208 943 2303.

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What to watch out for in your garden

  • Pet-Friendly Plants: Spring often brings an array of blooming plants, but not all of them are safe for our canine friends. Some common garden plants, such as azaleas, tulips, and daffodils, can be toxic to dogs if ingested. Research the plants in your garden and remove any that may pose a risk. Alpha Vets’ advice is to choose pet-friendly alternatives like marigolds, sunflowers, or snapdragons to add colour without risking your dog’s health.
  • Fertilisers and Mulch: As you prepare your garden for the growing season, be cautious with fertilisers and mulch. Many commercial fertilisers contain chemicals that can be harmful if ingested by dogs. Choose pet-safe fertilisers and mulch options to minimise the risk. Additionally, keep your dog away from freshly treated areas until the products have been absorbed or watered in to prevent accidental ingestion.
  • Pesticides and Herbicides: While pests and weeds may pose challenges in the garden, the use of pesticides and herbicides requires careful consideration. These chemicals can be toxic to dogs, both through direct contact and ingestion. Our team recommends opting for pet-safe alternatives or natural pest control methods to protect your garden without compromising your dog’s well-being. If you must use chemical products, ensure they are thoroughly dry or absorbed before allowing your dog access to the treated areas.
  • Secure Fencing: Spring is a time when many dogs in Greater London will become more active outdoors and eager to explore. Ensure that your garden is securely fenced to prevent your dog from wandering off or encountering potential dangers beyond your property. Regularly inspect the fence for any gaps or damage that may compromise its integrity. A secure fence not only keeps your dog safe but also provides them with a designated space to enjoy the outdoors.
  • Watch Out for Sharp Objects: As you engage in gardening activities, be mindful of sharp tools and objects that may pose a risk to your dog’s paws or mouth. Store gardening tools safely and keep them out of your dog’s reach. Check the garden for any stray nails, broken glass, or sharp objects that could cause injuries. A tidy and well-maintained garden ensures a safer environment for your curious canine companion.

Spring is a wonderful time to cultivate a beautiful and pet-friendly garden. By following Alpha Vets’ spring garden safety tips, you can create a space where your inquisitive dog can enjoy the outdoors without encountering potential hazards. Remember, your pet’s safety is our top priority. If you ever find yourself in an emergency situation, don’t hesitate to call our vet practice immediately on 0208 943 2303.

Go on, share our article and these tips with your friends & family and help us ensure a happy and healthy springtime for dogs in Greater London and beyond!

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