Playing around with our pets is one of the things that most of us probably love to do. It doesn’t just serve as a great bonding time with them, but also a good way to give them the kind of exercise they need. However, the place where we often play with our pet may not be safe enough for them, as our yards could have some hidden dangers that can affect our pet’s health.
To keep your pet safe, here is a list of the deadly hazards that could be lurking in the corners of your yard.
- Slug and Snail Baits. One of the hazards that you might find in your yard are slug and snail baits. What makes these baits dangerous is that it contains metaldehyde that could cause toxicity. Experts recommend following the label directions of the baits before using it, especially if your pets can freely run around your backyard. If you want, you can also go for a natural pest solution like laying some salt or copper wires around your backyard.
- Cocoa Mulch. Similar with chocolate, cocoa mulch also contain methylxanthines that can cause heart problems in animals. So do check if there are any cocoa mulch present in your yard before letting your pets run around the place.
- Poisonous Plants. While they may not look like it, some plants are actually deadly for animals. Some of the common poisonous plants are azaleas, yews, castor and poison hemlock. Vets suggest that you become familiar with the plants in your yard and if they are toxic for your pets. In case you have such plants, make sure that you block them off or remove them.
- Fruit Trees. Other than plants, fruit trees can also deal a deadly damage to your pets. Fruit trees usually have fallen fruits, and when not quickly cleared away, moulds will start to grow on it and if that fruit is ingested by your pet, he might suffer seizures and tremors.
- Cats and dogs are experts when it comes to escaping enclosures. So make sure that you inspect your fences for any holes that may let your pet to escape, or allow wild creatures in your yard. Check for possibilities of holes under your fences as well.
- Backyard Pools. Pools are quite dangerous for pets as well, because other than drowning, pool water also contains chemicals that are not intended for drinking. A covered pool can also pose some danger for your pet, as the animal can slip underneath the cover and get tangled in the ties and straps, leading to drowning.
Playing with your pets is one of the best stress relievers that you can have. So, keep your pets healthy and safe from any hazards in your backyard by clearing out all the aforementioned death-traps from your backyard.