Pet Proof Your Yard | 10 Ways To Keep Your Pets Safe & Comfortable

January 10, 2023

Author: Mark Ehrman

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Keeping your pet safe and comfortable is crucial to being an animal owner.

It is especially true for those with backyard pets, such as dogs and cats, who need access to a safe outdoor space.

To ensure that your pet can safely roam in its yard, it’s important to do some pet-proofing. This blog post will cover ten tips on how you can pet-proof your yard so that your furry friends can enjoy the outdoors without worry!

10 Ways to Pet-Proof Your Yard


Check Fencing and Gates

Ensure all fencing and gates are secure and in good condition so that your pet cannot escape or be attacked by outside animals. Installing extra locks or chains will also help keep pets from being able to open or squeeze through any gaps in the fence or gate.

Remove Tempting Items

As much as possible, remove any items that could tempt your pet away from their designated area. It includes anything edible (like fallen fruit) and items that could be dangerous if ingested (such as cigarettes).

Use Plant Protection

If you have plants in the yard, ensure they’re not toxic to animals so your pet won’t get sick if they eat them. You may want to consider using netting or other protective covers over plants that may attract animals. It’s also a good idea to cover up any holes where animals might try to dig up roots or bulbs.

Always keep an eye out for wild animals when you let your pets outside in their yard. Make sure you know what native creatures live in your area, and take steps to protect yourself and your pet from any potential hazards.

Don’t Leave Water Out

Leaving water dishes outside can be dangerous because they attract pests like mosquitoes which could carry diseases like heartworm into the yard. Always bring water dishes inside when not in use, and don’t forget to change them frequently!
Give your pet something fun to do while outside by investing in outdoor toys and accessories like scratching posts, chew toys, tunnels etc. It will help keep them entertained while also keeping them out of trouble!

Cover Swimming Pools and Ponds

Make sure swimming pools and ponds are securely covered when not in use because these can present a major drowning risk if left uncovered. You should also watch out for Ponds with stagnant water – these can be very attractive to mosquitos which carry diseases like heartworm into the yard if left unchecked!

Keep Electrical Cords Securely Hidden

Pets love chewing on electrical cords, so ensure they are securely hidden away where curious paws cannot access them!

Regularly Clear Away Debris and Garbage

Make sure there isn’t any debris or garbage around the yard, as this can become a hazard if an animal (or even attract pests) is ingested.

Install Motion Lights

Installing motion lights around your property’s perimeter will help deter intruders from entering the property and alert you when something is moving about at night, which could potentially be harmful to small animals like cats and rabbits.

Questions to Ask Yourself When Pet Proofing Your Yard

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We’ve compiled a list of questions to ask yourself when pet-proofing your yard.

What Kind of Animals Live in My Area?

The first question you should ask yourself is what kind of animals live in your area, and what can they potentially kill or injure your pet?

How Much Time Will I Spend Outside With My Pet?

The second question to ask yourself is how much time will I spend outside with my pet each day, and what kinds of activities will we do together? Knowing this information can help you determine whether or not certain areas of the yard are safe for playing behaviour.

Are There Any Poisonous Plants In My Yard?

Several species of plants can be toxic if eaten by pets, including lantana, rhododendrons, and foxgloves – all of which have been known to cause vomiting and other symptoms if consumed by animals.

Do I Have A Fence Around My Yard?

If I have a fence around my yard, is it high enough to keep my pet from escaping (or being able to jump over)? Having a fence around the perimeter of your property provides an extra layer of security for you and your pet – especially if they tend to wander off during playtime!

Are There Any Areas Where Water Collects After It Rains?

Are there any areas in the yard where water collects after it rains and could create a potential drowning hazard for pets? It is particularly pertinent for those who live near bodies of water because even small amounts of standing water can become large enough for pets (especially smaller breeds) to drown in if left unattended or unsupervised for too long.

Are There Any Tools Or Other Objects Lying Around In The Yard That Could Be Harmful To My Pet?

Everything from garden tools like shovels or rakes down to small objects like coins or toys that may present choking hazards should be removed before allowing pets out in play space unsupervised.

Final Thoughts

It’s that time of year again when the weather gets warmer, and everyone starts spending more time outdoors. If you’re a pet owner, this means it’s also time to start thinking about how to pet-proof your yard so your furry friend can enjoy the summer months safely. If you have any questions or concerns about pet-proofing your home, contact Matraville Veterinary Practice for more advice and resources.

About Matraville Veterinary Practice

Your pet isn’t just an animal to you but a family member. We care for all creatures, great and small – as if they were our family. At Matraville Veterinary Practice, we’re here to ensure your furry (and not so furry) loved ones have a long, happy, healthy life.

With our large team of friendly, dedicated staff, we’ll take care of your pet’s every need.

If you have questions or want to book an appointment, contact us today!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Dog Proofing and How Does It Keep My Pup Safe?

By pet-proofing their environment, pet owners can ensure their pup’s safety and well-being. Dog proofing is the term used to describe making your home, yard and other areas where pets reside as safe as possible. It involves removing potential hazards that could harm your pups, such as gardening tools, exposed wires, low furniture or toxic plants. Additionally, it includes providing your pup with a comfortable living space that is both safe and enjoyable for your furry friends.

How Do I Petproof My House?

Pet proofing your house involves taking special precautionary measures to ensure that no potential dangers exist for your pet at home. Remove any small objects or potentially hazardous items like poisonous plants or cleaning products from the floor. Secure all gates and fences so that no wild animals can enter the property or beloved pups escape! Make sure pet bowls are easy to reach in case of food cravings, and regularly inspect the furniture for any signs of wear and tear. The same goes for beds, couches, chairs and carpets too!

How Do I Dog Proof My Bedroom?

It’s important to keep an eye out when keeping pet-proofed bedrooms. Keep any cords and wires tucked away so they’re not easily accessible by curious pups who may want to gnaw on them. It’s wise to move any breakable items up high off the ground, too, especially if you have a puppy; they have a habit of wanting to explore everything! Make sure beds are comfortable for your pup with warm blankets for cold weather days. Lastly, check windows often for signs of wear or damage to avoid accidents due to loose latches.

Are There Any Special Pet Proofing Considerations For A Small Dog?

Yes! If you have a small dog or puppy in your home, there are additional considerations to keep them safe. Ensure the toilet lid is always closed so they don’t fall in. Place any breakable items on a bedside table or bookshelf away from their reach, as they may be tempted to chew on something hazardous. Secure any lawn equipment and electrical cords so they can’t get tangled up while running around or gnawing too hard on them. And make sure all trash cans are either placed out of reach or have a secure lid on them – no matter how curious your pup gets!

How Do You Pet Proof a Patio?

Pet proofing a patio is an important step for any pet owner. Start by checking the area for any sharp or hazardous objects that could injure your pet. Make sure to secure all gates and fences so your pet doesn’t get out of the yard and no wild animals can enter! If necessary, you may want to install barriers like waist-high fences or hedges to protect your pup from any dangers they may encounter. Finally, provide plenty of chew toys and comfy blankets so that your furry friends have a cosy spot to relax while outside enjoying some fresh air.

Got a question?

We’re here to help you with any urgent enquiries or assistance you might need. Need a little extra help, or not sure if you should bring your pet in for a check-up? Give our team a call and we’ll happily answer your questions.