PET BEHAVIOR

8 Tips for Spring Gardening with Pets

Spring has finally sprung, and it’s time to start working in the yard and garden! Undoubtedly, our pets have detected the change in the weather too, and are asking to spend more time outdoors. While tending to the garden can be a bonding experience between our pets and us, it’s important to remember that there are a few dangers lurking around the new spring foliage.

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#1- Don’t leave your gardening tools out. Sharp, pointed objects can be stepped on, chewed-upon, buried or destroyed. Wooden handled tools can easily splinter and cause injuries to the mouth, and be coated with chemical residue.

#2- Don’t leave out any fertilizers or pesticides!! Be careful when applying, and in some cases, don’t apply at all and opt for more natural methods. A large majority of these are highly toxic if ingested, so please use sparingly, and with extreme caution in areas where your pets will be spending time. Read labels, and consult the ASPCA’s Poison Control Center.

#3- Rodenticides are nearly always fatal. Rat poison is just as deadly for dogs as it is for rats- don’t use them. Seek a more natural method.

#4- Watch for toxic plants. Many popular ornamental and native plants can be toxic if ingested, including bulbs. The tender new foliage of spring is often tempting for a dog or cat that hasn’t previously shown interest, and bulbs look a lot like a tennis ball. The freshly amended soil is good for plants but really fun for dogs & cats to play in! Know the toxic species in your yard, and monitor your pets carefully.

#5- Spring’s wet weather is the beginning of mosquito season. Keep your dogs on heartworm preventative, and keep them from eating your citronella candles!

#6- Double check your irrigation system for chewed pieces.

#7- Make sure your compost piles are inaccessible for hungry, curious dogs.

#8- Give your dog plenty of toys in the yard. The more safe options they have, the less likely they are to sample your new sapling.

Please reconsider giving your cats unrestricted outdoor access. New studies reveal that domestic housecats are responsible for killing between 1.4 and 3.7 billion wild birds a year! Many cats can be acclimated to a harness and leash and can enjoy the outdoor time that way.

Remember to always monitor your pets in the yard, and enjoy the new sunshine together!

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