Hi everyone! I hopeyou have puppy proofed the inside of your home, because now it’s time to tackle one of my favorite places in the whole world: my yard! Yards are great places for puppies like me to run and play. But they are also places where we can get into trouble. Even if you think you have the best, safest yard in the world, I would double check. A lot of very popular items are not good for your pup!
A lot of people have trouble with pests invading their yard and maybe even going inside their house. Things like snakes, ants, bees, rodents, flies, slugs, snails or toads really bother humans. Me, I like them; it gives me something to examine and chase! But humans really don’t like them and will set up traps and special liquids and sprays to get rid of these bugs and vermin. But these traps and sprays are just harmful to the pests, they are harmful to your dog! Make sure to read the instructions thoroughly when using the products to keep you and your pet safe. Some of these products are very harmful to dogs and we should not be in areas where it is applied. Others are more pet friendly
and we just need to stay away for a certain time period. But no matter what, we should never be out in the yard with you while you are using these pest control products. Bottom line, do yourresearch to keep us safe!
And speaking of pests, mosquitoes is high on most people’s list in the warmer months as a top nuisance! Dogs don’t like mosquitoes either because they carry bad germs for
doggies, like the ones that can cause heart worms. But don’t worry, if we are on heartworm preventative medication a little mosquito bite won’t hurt us. Humans like to use citronella candles to keep away pesky mosquitoes – but citronella candles are hazardous to puppies. If you have one, make sure you keep it out of our reach when and when not in use.
And even just everyday things in your yard can cause us harm. A lot of plants can be poisonous or cause digestive distress in puppies if consumed. Fertilizers and cocoa mulch are also hazardous to your dog’s health. So before you do any landscaping, make sure you do some research on the ASPCA’s Pet Poison Prevention webpage. They have an extensive list of plants that are harmful to cats and dogs, so you know what not to get at the local nursery.
Remember, puppies love our yards and should get to play around in them daily. But it’s also important to keep us safe. For any items you are unsure of, keep them out of your pups reach. That way we can have fun and stay healthy in the yard.