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Advice for dog-friendly gardening

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Published in Cats & Dogs News

Now that it's spring, many people will soon start tending to their gardens. While we love our gardens, parts of them can actually be dangerous to our four-legged friends.

To help keep your garden dog-friendly this spring, the American Kennel Club offers the following advice:

• Avoid dangerous plants. Certain common flowers and plants can be unsafe or even fatal for dogs, so it’s important to do research on the plants that you will be using in your garden. Some plants to avoid include calla lilies, azalea, rhododendron, arrowhead, caladium, dieffenbachia, ivy, lily, mother-In-law’s tongue, oleander, peace lily, philodendron, pothos and sago palm. Additionally, be mindful of flowers and plants that have thorns.


• Be careful with pesticides. Pesticides can be hazardous to your pup. Do not use pesticides that include metaldehyde or methomyl, used for snail and fly bait. Follow the directions on the product carefully and be sure to store items in a place that your dog cannot reach.

Designate a play area. Give your pup a designated play area outdoors that is away from your garden. This will be a space where your dog can run around and burn some energy or even safely do some digging. Having a designated play area will help prevent your dog from causing damage to your garden.

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