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Creating a Dog-Friendly Yard

Summer is almost here! At this time of year, many people are rolling up their sleeves and heading outside to get into some yard work. Why not incorporate your pup into your plans? Read on as a London, ON vet offers some tips on creating a dog-friendly yard.

Fencing

First and foremost, make sure that your fencing is secure. You don’t want Fido to dig out beneath it, or jump over it. If your furry buddy likes to dig, bury chicken wire along the fence and weight it down with rocks. It’s also best to get a self-latching gate. Many dogs have escaped because meter readers left gates open!

Doghouse

If Fido could pick one thing to add to the yard, it would likely be a doghouse. Getting the right size is very important: think more along the terms of cozy den than giant doggy mansion. Also, go with something that offers insulation from weather. Wood is great, but avoid pressure-treated wood, as the chemicals used in processing it are toxic to dogs. Be sure to raise it off the ground a bit, to keep water, snow, and pests out.

Plants

Dogs and gardens aren’t always a great mix. Fido has certainly dug up some beds in his day! It’s also important to pick plants that are safe for pets. The ASPCA has a full directory of safe and unsafe plants here. If you want to have a garden, consider dividing your yard into sections. Or, try raised-bed gardening.

Toys

Our canine buddies are very active and playful. Make your yard fun for Fido by incorporating some weatherproof toys. If your pooch likes to chase tennis balls, get him an automated ball launcher. You can also include flirt sticks, or perhaps some fun ramps. You can also add a kiddie pool and/or pet fountain in summer.

Sandbox

Does Fido like burying toys and treats? Give your furry little pirate a sandbox to play in! This will also help keep him out of your garden beds.

Maintenance

Did you know that fleas and ticks love to hide in long grasses and lawn debris, such as dead leaves and fallen branches? Keeping your property neatly maintained will help protect both you and your canine companion from uninvited guests.

Please contact us, your London, ON vet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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