If you’ve recently welcomed a new addition to your family, you may be wondering how you can make your home as safe as possible for your new arrival. And if your new addition is a pet, you may also be wondering about how to keep them safe outside!

Many people don’t realise it, but outdoor spaces can sometimes hide hazards which could potentially prove to be very harmful for a dog or cat.

Pet-proofing your garden is not only vital, it should ideally be carried out before you bring your new pet home so that both you and they can enjoy being outside without the risk of injury, or worse.

Make Your Garden SecureYard fence

Having a secure outdoor area is very important if you have a dog. Dogs are prone to running off at the first chance they get and, even if they don’t go very far or you know they will come back, there may be dangers outside your home – such as a road – that you wouldn’t want your pet to be exposed to.

Securing your garden for a dog is fairly straightforward. Fences should be of a certain height, holes will need to be filled in, and gates should have a lock on them. For extra security you may wish to consider installing a gate closer, as can be found at www.barrier-components.co.uk.

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Weed Out the Hazards

Certain plants are poisonous to animals. For example, daffodils and lilies are harmful for dogs, and amaryllis and buttercups will poison a cat. If you have a new pet and want to keep them safe in your garden, it’s a good idea to go through your outdoor (and indoor!) plants with a fine toothed comb, then get rid of any which may pose a health hazard for your faithful friend.

SlugGetting Rid of Pests

Certain other garden creatures can also pose a risk for your pets. Slugs and snails, for example, may carry lungworm and can pass this disease onto your dog if he eats one. But be careful when getting rid of garden pests, as slug and snail pellets can be highly toxic to pets, as can many common insecticides. If in doubt, don’t use it.