These are some of the most common hidden dangers for dogs found in backyards.
Certain chemicals used in lawn care, including
pesticides and fertilizers, can cause harm to
Burning yard waste or garbage in your
backyard can release harmful chemicals
and fumes that could make your dog sick,
and smoke may irritate your dog’s lungs.
Some types of backyard mulch contain
cocoa, which helps encourage plant
growth but can be just as deadly to dogs
Onions, garlic, tomatoes and chives are
staples of many backyard vegetable gardens,
but they are toxic to dogs. Make sure your
garden is fenced off to keep your dogs from
sniffing around them.
Unless properly treated, backyard ponds or
other water features can develop algae that
can make your dog very sick if it drinks from
Certain varieties of flowers are harmless to
dogs, but there are others that can be highly
toxic to dogs if they eat them. Be sure to
check before planting any new flowers to
see if they will be safe for your dog.
When dogs eat ivy leaves, they can
experience symptoms including a rash,
difficulty breathing and even coma.
Sticks and other debris that fall off trees
can be a choking hazard for dogs.
Not having a fence on your property makes
it easier for your dogs to run away, putting
them at risk for being lost or hit by traffic.
Installing a fence is a good way to keep
your dog safe.
Leaves and acorns that have become wet
and started to rot can be a serious health
hazard for dogs if they eat them.
In Your Yard