Making a garden safe for a new puppy

When you have a new puppy it opens up a whole new world of health and safety issues, making sure your pet is healthy and that everywhere he treads the ground and surrounding areas is safe for him.

When a puppy has had his course of vaccinations he will love to explore anything and everything in his surroundings.

If you have a garden area for your puppy to play out in, check that the area is safe. Where you did not worry about small holes in the fence or gaps in your hedgerows before, now they are a safety hazard for an inquisitive and small puppy.

Gardens that have slug pellets scattered everywhere and weeds that have been treated with weed killer look like clumps of food to a new puppy. They are of course poisonous.

When there is a selection of bulbs popping up out of the soil they may remind him of his favourite treat and, if eaten, could give him a rather bad stomach ache or something much worse. Bulbs are poisonous to a puppy; if you find your pet chewing them, immediately rush him to your local vet.

Some of the common plants that have been growing in your garden for quite a few years need to be checked out. Look at gardening information for any tips about dangerous plants and how they affect pets. Some of the popular but common plants that can be found in family gardens that are considered high in toxicity levels are poppies, foxgloves, chrysanthemum, ivy and rhubarb.

Health and safety issues for new puppies include painting or staining a fence. This is a danger if your dog licks the wet paint or chews the wood.

It is important to remove and tidy up any sharp garden tools while your puppy is out exploring your garden; pointed tools would easily cut your pet’s paws.

A puppy is quick to find out areas in the garden that could cause him harm. In just a couple of minutes a puppy could drown in a pond or run out into a nearby road if your garden is not made puppy safe.