|Outdoor Safety in the Spring|
|Written by Linda Dowdle|
|Friday, 07 May 2010 00:00|
Your Norfolk enjoys your backyard as much as you do. Sniffing, nibbling and digging are all ways they explore their surroundings, so make sure you’ve created an outdoor environment with plants that are nontoxic and safe if ingested by your terrier.
Protect your garden and your dog Start by choosing plants that won’t be easily damaged by the wear and tear caused by playful pups. Groundcovers like creeping thyme and sweet woodruff work well because they are attractive and durable. You can safely add color to your garden with nontoxic marigolds, snapdragons, hollyhocks, bachelor buttons and rex begonias. Or give your garden a wonderful fragrance with honeysuckle fuchsia—another safe option.
Give them a space of their own If your dog loves to dig, train him to do it in his own sandbox. You can encourage him to dig there by burying some of his favorite toys. Uproot any toxic plants Take all toxic plants out of your garden or place them in an area that your pets can’t get to. Daffodils, lilies of the valley, yews, laurels, laburnum, azaleas, foxglove, philodendrons and rhubarb are common plants that pose a danger to your pets.
Pest control and other precautions Wasps can be fatal to pets, and often dogs are tempted to snap at these pests and swallow them. Should your pet get stung, contact your veterinarian immediately for treatment. Yellow jackets are a type of wasp that can nest underground, so terriers that love to dig can be vulnerable to attack.
Note: Wait at least 24 hours after using fertilizer or pesticides before allowing your pets back in the yard. These substances (along with garden tools) should be stored out of the reach of pets.
Following these tips will help you and your pet enjoy a beautiful and safe backyard all summer long!