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Gardening Safety For Pet Owners

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Does your pet like to spend time outdoors while you’re gardening in the backyard? While gardening might not seem particularly dangerous, it’s important to be aware of a few common safety hazards. Learn more below from a Santo vet.
Sharp Tools

There’s an abundance of sharp tools you may be using on your garden this year, all of which could be hazardous if left lying around. Pick up all rakes, tillers, shovels, clippers, and anything else with a blade or sharp edge. It’s all too easy for a pet to stumble across one in the grass, potentially injuring themselves. Plus, you could do the same thing! Play it safe and pick up all tools.

Insecticides, Fertilizers

Gardens often get sprayed with insecticides to keep the insects away, and lawns are often treated with fertilizers to promote growth and volume. Keep in mind that these substances are harmful to pets—the chemicals in them can cause severe reactions if a pet decides to nibble on some treated vegetation. Keep pets in the house if you’re spraying chemicals.

Springtime Pests

You and your pet aren’t the only ones who are enjoying the warmer weather in your backyard. Warm-weather pets like fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and heartworms like to come out of hiding this time of year and bite the first pet they find. Keep your pet on year-round preventative medications to prevent infection. Consult your vet if you need to get your pet on these meds.

Poisonous Plants

You may be planting something hazardous in your garden without even realizing it! Many common garden plants, including the lily, rhododendron, tulip, daffodil, and sago palm can cause toxicity in pets if ingested. Make sure you’re planting safe vegetation, and consult your vet for a complete list of hazardous flora.

Compost Piles

Do you have a compost pile in the backyard where you throw leftover organic matter? It’s great for the environment but potentially harmful for companion animals. If they go exploring, they might find coffee grounds, onions, citrus materials, or any number of other harmful substances in the compost pile. Restrict your pet’s access to keep them safe.
Ask your Santo veterinarian for more advice on keeping your pet safe in the garden this spring—call the clinic today!

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