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Safety Tips for Gardening with Your Pet

gardening with pets editedSome people like to spend their warm summer mornings or evenings outside gardening. This is a great time to have your pet outdoors with you in a fenced yard. You can both enjoy the beautiful weather while getting some yard work done. However, there are some precautions to take.

If you are mowing your lawn, it’s best to keep pets indoors. This big, powerful machine can be a danger to pets, so it’s best not to take any chances.

Digging up and splitting bulbs is a common chore this time of year. While most flowering plants are just irritating to your pet’s stomach, some are truly toxic (such as Easter lilies for cats). The bulbs tend to concentrate most of the toxins in many plants. Pets may also be attracted to any plant food, such as bone meal, that you put around your bulbs. This is another garden chore your pets might be better off skipping.

Standard weeding is a chore your pet may choose to supervise or “help” you with by running off with the discarded materials. As long as you aren’t dealing with any toxic plants, this can be a fun time for your pet to share with you. Many gardeners become adept at tossing a ball in between tugging up weeds.

If you are planning on new plantings, take into consideration the toxicity of the plants you choose. Check out the ASPCA’s list of toxic and non-toxic plants for dogs and cats before sprucing up your yard with something new.

Spending time outdoors together can be a great bonding experience, as long as you keep safety in mind.

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