Creating a Dog-Friendly Yard

Do you have a yard for your canine buddy to run and play in? If so, that’s great! Fido loves getting some fresh air and sunshine. He’s also quite fond of being on squirrel patrol! Read on as a local Coon Rapids, MN vet offers tips on creating a safe, fun space for your pup.

Make sure that your fencing is secure. If you know or suspect that Fido may try to dig out under the fence, bury chicken wire beneath it, and weight it down with rocks. We also recommend getting a self-latching gate.

While we firmly believe that pets are part of the family, and should live indoors, Fido may love spending time outside. Why not get your canine friend a doghouse? Just be sure to choose wisely. Getting the right size is very important. This is one area where bigger is not better. A doghouse should not be too large, so your pooch thinks of it as a cozy den. Get one with the door set to one side. This is better for keeping out wind and rain. It’s also important to choose a house made of a material that offers great insulation. Avoid pressure-treated wood, which is toxic to dogs.

Set out some outdoor toys for your pup to make his yard time more fun. Automated tennis ball launchers are a big hit with our canine pals! Fido may also enjoy a sandbox, where he can bury toys and treats. A kiddie pool is another great option.

Make sure your furry buddy always has water outside. Wash Fido’s outdoor dishes daily, so dirt and bacteria don’t build up.

Fido has many talents, but good gardening skills aren’t among them. If you are wary about having both a garden and a dog, divide your yard into sections. Give Fido one area, and use the rest for your garden. To keep your pooch from trampling your plants, create borders out of driftwood pieces, low walls, potted plants, or even thick shrubs.

Many common plants are toxic to dogs. Some plants that are dangerous to dogs include foxtail grasses, daffodils, tulips, and many lilies. You can find a full list of safe and unsafe plants on the ASPCA website.

Is your pet due for an exam, vaccinations, or parasite control? Call us, your Coon Rapids, MN animal clinic!


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