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  • 5 Steps to Create Pet-Friendly Landscapes

    Backyards and gardens can be great places for your pets to enjoy fresh air, play and exercise. Creating a pet friendly landscape is easy and will give you peace of mind when your pets are outside without you. Keep in mind these 5 steps.

    Cat in garden lawn

    1. Choose your plants wisely. Some plants are toxic which means they contain some sort of chemical that will cause a reaction if eaten. Toxicity levels vary in different plants and cause different reactions that can be mild to quite serious even deadly.

    The following list contains toxic plants. Keep in mind this list does not include plants that cause allergic reactions. Just like plants in flower and pollen can cause us to have allergic reactions they can do so for your pets as well. Consult your veterinarian if your pet suffers from allergies.

     

    2. Landscape plants to avoid:  Use Caution with Fertilizers, Insecticides, and herbicides. Read the instructions on the back of the bottle carefully before applying any chemicals. The label will tell you how long to keep pets out of an area you have sprayed the chemical. There are also many organic solutions available for your garden which are pet safe options.

    Note: This is not a complete list of toxic plants. Visit the ASPCA’s website for a more complete list. www.aspca.org.

    Cat in the Garden

    3. Use Caution with Fertilizers, Insecticides, and herbicides. Read the instructions on the back of the bottle carefully before applying any chemicals. The label will tell you how long to keep pets out of an area you have sprayed the chemical. There are also many organic solutions available for your garden which are pet safe options.

    4. Watch your Compost. Keep compost in a confined area that your pets cannot reach and be cautious of what you put in it. For example, if ingested, coffee grounds can make animals very sick.

    5. Give them space. Consider your pets when designing your backyard. Provide them with shade and shelter, water, places to play, and run.

     

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