Dangers Outside of your Home

The safety of your pet is just one of your responsibilities when you choose to bring an animal into your home. Unfortunately, your yard and the environment outside of your property contain a number of hazards that could jeopardize the health and even life of your pet. By understanding the potential dangers facing your beloved animal outside of your home, you may be able to prevent her from becoming injured or unwell.

Backyard Dangers

Most people like to think of their yard as an extension of their home and in doing so, believe them to be a very safe place for humans and animals alike. Nevertheless, there are some common risks associated with the backyards and associated areas of a property.


Toxic substances

We often use chemicals and other products in our gardens without realizing the consequences that they could have for our pets. These include things such as:

- Paint and paint thinners

- Fertilizer

- Algae in ponds

- Insecticides and rodenticides

- Pool chemicals

- Gasoline

- De-icing salts

- Garage products including antifreeze, brake fluid, washer fluid and engine oil

- Garbage cans containing rotten food


When you are using these items, ensuring your pet is kept well away. You should also secure the products far away from the reach of your furbaby. If you accidentally spill something toxic, try and wipe it up immediately.


Open water

If you have a pool or hot tub, or even a pond that is uncovered, you should not let your dog outside without supervision, even if he can swim well. Cats tend to naturally avoid the water anyway.


Plants, trees and flowers

It may surprise you to know that there are many different types of vegetation that are toxic for animals. Some of the most common include:

- Azalea

- Tulip

- Crocus

- Lily

- Sago Palm

- Rhododendron

- Daffodil

- Kalanchoe

- Cyclamen

- Oleander

- Dieffenbachia

- Aloe

- Bamboo

- Monkshood

- Vines

- Yew bushes

- Burning bush


While we would recommend that you avoid planting these and any other toxic plants, trees, shrubs and flowers in the area around your home, if you already have them present and it is not possible to remove them, ensure your furbaby has adequate supervision outdoors.


Grills and Fire Pits

There is nothing quite like cooking outside when the weather is fine. However, you should try and keep your pet inside while you are cooking and for a short while immediately after. Burns are the most common hazard associated with grills and fire pits, but ashes can also cause your pet to become ill if they are ingested.


Fences and boundaries

If you have an outdoor cat, she will happily roam outside the boundaries of your property, but if you have a dog, rabbit or other animal that you would like to keep contained, you should take extra care to ensure that your gates and fences are secure. Some dogs can get stuck between fence posts and panels if they try and escape so make sure you close any gaps.


Machinery and yard equipment

Lawnmowers, rakes and other equipment are essential if you are to keep your land in tip top condition. However, they can prove dangerous if your curious pet decides to check them out. Unplug anything that requires power and ensure that anything with a sharp blade is put away.



The area outside your home can be a great playground for your pet to explore, but in order to keep your furbaby happy and healthy, you should do everything you can to minimize the hazards we have mentioned. For further advice or support, contact us and speak to our local veterinarian.

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