If your pets are anything like ours, they love to spend just as much time outdoors as they do indoors. That’s why it’s important to make sure your garden is safe and secure for them to roam in. Here’s what we suggest!
CHECK YOUR FENCE
Many people are surprised how small a hole their furry friend can wiggle through, especially when they’re young and looking for mischief and adventure! Regularly check over your fencing to make sure there are no holes or places where they can dig under.
FENCE IN THE SWIMMING POOL
By law, all swimming pools in Australia need to be fenced to protect small children and pets.
CHECK YOUR PLANTS
There are plenty of beautiful, yet toxic plants that our pets shouldn’t be around, including tulips, daffodils, azaleas, amaryllis, oleanders and more. Check with your vet that the plants in your garden are safe should your pet decide they want a taste.
KEEP YOUR GARDEN TIDY
Keeping the lawn short and bushes trimmed is key for deterring those sneaky ticks that love to hide in long grasses, debris and branches.
SECURE YOUR BINS
Rubbish bins should be off limits for your pets with at least secure lids so they can’t rummage through and eat anything. Many human food scraps could make pets unwell or worse, and you may be surprised what non-edible objects they might take a liking to as well. For example, just binging on grapes could be disastrous for a dog, not to mention what would happen if they found chocolate.
CLEAN DECKING, SHEDS AND OTHER STRUCTURES
Fleas love dark and humid places, like outdoor dog houses, decks and sheds. Keeping everywhere clean is the best way to stop these pests attaching to your pets and finding their way inside your home, which is no fun!
WATCH THOSE PESTICIDES, INSECTICIDES OR FERTILIZERS
These chemicals are toxic to pets, even the ones marked as “pet-friendly”, so keep all animals indoors when outdoor areas have been recently treated.
GIVE WATER AND SHADE
Pets that spend long amounts of time outside need water and shade to ward off dehydration and sunburn - even in the Winter. The UV index of our beautiful country can be sky-high even during June and July so don’t forget the sunscreen either (and make sure it’s pet-friendly!).
Keeping your backyard clean, tidy and worry-free is the gold standard for giving your pet the best place to relax and roam in.