1. Toxic flowers
The prettiest parts of your garden could be the most dangerous to your dog. Many common types of flowers, like autumn crocus and foxglove, are toxic to animals, leading to vomiting, diarrhoea, seizures or even death. Azaleas can even cause blindness. You should steer clear of planting these 15 types of tree in your yard.
2. Your fence
Yes, even the thing installed specifically to keep your dog safe can lead to injuries. If your pooch tries to squeeze through gaps or dig under the fence, it could not only escape, but also get splinters and cuts in the process. Line the bottom of the fence with chicken wire or mesh fencing at least 15cm deep to prevent any getaways.
Fetching a stick is all fun and games – until your dog swallows parts of the wood. Splinters can get stuck in its mouth and oesophagus, and larger fragments could cut the stomach lining and intestines or cause constipation. Keep your yard free of stray logs and sticks and play fetch with a toy bone instead. Dogs that try to make wood part of their diets are potentially more at risk for these injuries. Does your dog eat lots of things that aren’t food? Ask your vet if a behavioural disorder called pica is the reason. Or your dog may have anxiety without you even realising it.