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Getting Your Garden Ready For a New Dog

02 September 2015

UK - Getting a new dog is an exciting time as your not only getting a new pet, but new member of the family to love and play with. Although a home can be full of hazards, which could be dangerous to a dog, and your garden is no exception. As dog will be spending a lot of time in the garden you want to make sure your garden is as dog proof as possible to help prevent any accidents.

Lungworm - (Angiostrongylus Vasorum)

Lungworm is a parasite carried on slugs and snails, which can be passed onto dog when they eat these common garden pests. If left untreated this can cause serious illness and can even become fatal.

Symptoms of lungworm can be varied; but the most common signs are 1) changes in behaviour, 2) breathing problems, 3) general sickness and 4) poor blood clotting. If any of these signs should occur you should contact your vet immediately.

So how do you protect your dog against lungworm? While treatments can be administer by your vet, its best to prevent infection in the first place.

One way of doing this is by actively going into your garden, and removing any slugs or snails you find.

An alternative method to reducing the number of slugs and snails is installing artificial grass. By installing fake grass you are removing a main food source for them, therefore reducing the risk.

Although artificial grass can be expensive, suppliers and installers from Kent, Forever Green Lawns have created this installation guide, making it considerably cheaper if you feel capable of doing it yourself.

Poisonous Plants

Garden hazards don’t just stop with lungworm; plants themselves can be very harmful to dogs, if eaten. Something as common as an apple can be poisonous to dogs.

While some are not harmful unless eaten in quality, it’s best to keep in the know, and limited the risk.

A full list of toxic plants can be found online, and this will help you identify any high-risk plants in your garden.

Owners can either remove the plants completely or put them somewhere out of reach for dogs. Dog will not know if a plant is toxic or not, its part of there curious nature to investigate. The most at risk dogs will be puppies, and they are more likely to each something without knowing the possible consequences.


As we have already discussed dogs are curious creature often unaware of the dangers outside. In America alone 1.2 millions dogs are killed every year because of being struck by car. Make sure you garden is secure and safe to help prevent this from getting out and wondering into the road. If this is not possible, make sure your dog know the boundaries of where there are or are not allowed.

Teaching road safety is also a good idea, like knowing when they can or cant cross a road. All of this will help keep them out of the road and out of harms way.

Other Hazards

Each garden is unique, and has its own unique hazards. Take a long hard look around your garden to identify potential hazards. Remove any debris or sharp object from the floor, which could get stuck in a dogs pours.

Keep any gardening tools or pesticides out of reach and make sure everything is clear and tidy. Even something as innocuous like a matchstick can be harmful, as the phosphorus can be poisonous and the wood and get stuck in the digestive system. It would be a good idea to keep all these sorts things locked in a shed to eliminate the possibility of the dog getting to them.

By doing all of this you will serious reduce the risk of any harm coming to your dog while at home so your dog can live a long a happy life. If you dog does hurts themselves or eat anything it shouldn’t, you should always call a vet immediately to seek their expert advice.

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