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Creating a safe garden for your puppy

Creating a safe garden for your puppy

Puppies love to explore their environments, so it’s good to know what can be dangerous around the garden. With a little bit of planning, you can have a lovely garden as well as a safe, happy puppy.

Fertiliser

Fertiliser may be good for plants, but it’s not good for puppies. Puppies that ingest large amounts of fertiliser may experience an upset stomach or diarrhoea. Organic fertilisers that contain bone meal may be especially attractive to puppies. Follow the directions on fertiliser carefully and be sure to keep your puppy away for the appropriate amount of time.

Insecticides

Insecticides can be very dangerous if swallowed. The most toxic include snail bait with metadehyde, fly bait with methomyl, and systemic insecticides that contain disyston or disulfoton. Rat poison and mole bait with zinc phosphide are also toxic. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s label carefully for proper usage and storage. And of course, make sure it is always stored in an area off-limits to your puppy.

Mulch

Mulch can be enticing to dogs, especially to puppies that like to chew. Some mulch, called cocoa mulch, can be especially toxic to puppies that are attracted by its sweet smell. Depending on how much a puppy ingests, the side effects include vomiting, diarrhoea, muscle tremors, elevated heart rate, hyperactivity and even seizures. There are safer mulch alternatives such as shredded pine, cedar or hemlock bark. But beware that any ingested mulch can cause a gastrointestinal obstruction. Large rocks (too big for a puppy’s mouth) may be another safe alternative to using mulch.

Fleas and ticks

To keep fleas and ticks at bay, ensure your lawn and garden are well trimmed. Fleas can cause excessive scratching, hair loss, scabs, hot spots, tapeworms and even anaemia from blood loss. Ticks can cause some of the same effects, as well complications from tick-borne illnesses. It’s a good idea to make sure your puppy is protected by a flea and tick preventative. Ask your vet about the right one for your puppy.

Poisonous plants

Last but not least, many outdoor plants can be toxic to puppies. These include popular ones such as sago palm, rhododendron and azalea. So before you let your puppy loose in the garden, make sure none of these hazardous plants are there:

Aloe Vera
Amaryllis
Apple Leaf Croton
Apple (seeds)
Apricot (pit)
Asparagus Fern
Autumn Crocus
Azalea
Baby's Breath
Bird of Paradise
Branching Ivy
Buddhist Pine
Buckeye
Caladium
Calla Lily
Castor Bean
Ceriman
Charming Dieffenbachia
Cherry (seeds and wilting leaves)
Chinese Evergreen
Cineraria
Clematis
Cordatum
Corn Plant
Cornstalk Plant
Croton
Cuban Laurel
Cutleaf Philodendron
Cycads
Cyclamen
Daffodil
Devil's Ivy
Dieffenbachia
Dracaena Palm
Dragon Tree
Dumb Cane
Easter Lily
Elaine
Elephant Ears
Emerald Feather
English Ivy
Eucalyptus
Fiddle-leaf Fig
Florida Beauty
Foxglove
Fruit Salad Plant
Geranium
German Ivy
Giant Dumb Cane
Glacier Ivy
Gold Dust Dracaena
Golden Pothos
Hahn's Self-Branching Ivy
Heartland Philodendron
Hurricane Plant
Indian Rubber Plant
Janet Craig Dracaena
Japanese Show Lily
Jerusalem Cherry
Kalanchoe
Lacy Tree Philodendron
Lily of the Valley
Madagascar Dragon Tree
Marble Queen
Marijuana
Mexican Breadfruit
Miniature Croton
Mistletoe
Morning Glory
Mother-in-Law's Tongue
Narcissus
Needlepoint Ivy
Nephytis
Nightshade
Oleander
Onion
Oriental Lily
Peace Lily
Peach (wilting leaves/ pits)
Pencil Cactus
Plumosa Fern
Poinsettia (low toxicity)
Poison Ivy
Poison Oak
Pothos
Precatory Bean
Primrose
Red Emerald
Red-Margined Dracaena
Red Princess
Rhododendron
Ribbon Plant
Saddle Leaf Philodendron
Sago Palm
Satin Pothos
Schefflera
Silver Pothos
Spotted Dumb Cane
Striped Dracaena
String of Pearls
Sweetheart Ivy
Swiss Cheese Plant
Taro Vine
Tiger Lily
Tomato Plant (green fruit/stem/leaves)
Tree Philodendron
Tropic Snow Dieffenbachia
Weeping Fig
Yew

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