backyard dangers for dogs

Your backyard is supposed to be a safe haven for your pup to run, jump, and play. No matter the precautions you've taken to keep your dog protected when they're outside, other dangers exist in your yard that you may not be aware of. Keep your dog protected by educating yourself on some of the most common backyard dangers to dogs.

  • Fences. You may think your fence is doing a great job of protecting your dog by keeping them contained, but fences can do more harm than good.  Fences installed to perfection can still cause injury to your dog. If they try to squeeze through gaps or dig under the fence to escape, your dog could get splinters, cut their skin, or become trapped. Invisible Fences eliminate these problems while keeping your dog maintained in your yard.
  • Sticks. Playing fetch with the twigs and branches that fall off of the trees in your yard is all fun and games until your dog swallows part of the wood. Splinters and small fragments of the wood can get stuck in your dog's mouth and esophagus, and larger fragments can cut the lining of the stomach or cause constipation. Avoid playing fetch with sticks to deter your dog's attention from them. Keep your yard clear from sticks by picking them up on a weekly basis.
  • Sun. High humidity and excessive exposure to the sun can cause your pup to suffer a heat stroke. If you notice your dog is restless, weak, or confused, they may have been out in the sun too long. It only takes about 20 minutes for a situation like this to turn deadly. To prevent health hazards from the sun, make sure your yard offers plenty of shade for your dog to relax in. Keep a bowl of water handy when they're outside playing, particularly on very hot afternoons, and always monitor your dog's activity outdoors.
  • Pond Water. If your yard has a water feature, pond scum, or blue-green algae, can cause major problems for your dog. A quick drink from the pond in your yard could result in vomiting or diarrhea, but continually drinking from your pond can cause lifelong health issues. Blue-green algae can't be treated with chemicals, but an Invisible Fence can create a barrier, preventing your dog from going near the infected water.
  • Garden. If your backyard garden is growing vegetables like onions, tomatoes, chives, or garlic, your dog is at risk. These foods and spices are toxic to dogs, causing gastrointestinal irritation and damage to their red blood cells. The best way to prevent your dog from digging into your garden veggies is to grow them in an elevated garden or indoors. If those aren't an option, an Invisible Fence can deter your dog from digging for foods they shouldn't be eating.

The best protection is prevention! Keep your dog safe from harm with these backyard safety tips. 

For more information on keeping your yard dog-friendly, visit pet-friendly landscape applications company, Disandro Landscape Group.