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Making Your Yard Safe for Fido

Does your dog have a yard to run and play in? If so, that’s wonderful! However, we do recommend taking some precautions to keep your four-legged buddy healthy, happy, and safe when he is outdoors. Read on as a local North Las Vegas, NV vet offers some helpful tips on making your yard dog-friendly.

Debris Piles

Debris piles can make inviting habitats for all sorts of unwanted critters, from poisonous snakes and spiders to scorpions and other not-so-friendly wildlife. Keep your yard free of brush piles, empty plant pots, and other debris. If you have a shed, keep it clean, and remove spiderwebs regularly.

Water

Fido should always have plenty of fresh water outside. Keep your pup’s bowl clean, so dust and bacteria don’t accumulate. Poisonous toads are another issue: they can contaminate the water just by sitting in the bowl for a few moments! Ask your vet for more information.

Shelter

Fido should always have shade and shelter outdoors. We probably don’t have to tell you that Nevada summers can be absolutely sweltering. When it gets really hot, keep your canine companion indoors, in rooms cooled by fans and/or air conditioning, as much as possible.

Fencing

Making sure that your fencing is secure is very important! If your furry pal is a digger, you may want to bury chicken wire below your fence-line, and weight it down with rocks. We also strongly recommend using a self-latching gate. You don’t want to risk Fido slipping out behind the meter reader!

Plants

Many popular plants are toxic to our furry friends. If you’re planting a garden, or even just setting out some potted plants, always opt for things that are safe for your four-legged pal. Foxtail grasses are a particular concern, as the awls have sharp barbs that can burrow under pets’ skin. (Tip: you can find a full list of unsafe plants online at the ASPCA website.)

Entertainment

Did you know that boredom is a big cause of doggy mischief? Make Fido’s outdoor time fun and fulfilling by offering him safe, suitable toys, and taking time to play with him regularly. For extra tail wags, consider giving your canine buddy a wading pool or a pet sprinkler attachment.

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Call us! As your North Las Vegas, NV animal clinic, we are here to help!

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