Gardening is one of the most fulfilling and enjoyable things that you can do in your life. Taking care of pets is also one of the things that you can do that will let you enjoy your life more and consider it more fulfilled. However, owning a garden can put at risk the safety of your household pets. There are actually certain garden elements that pose a danger to your pets. For instance, some plants and materials found in your garden can be toxic on your pets causing them to get sick and worst die. In this post, you will read some of the most common garden elements that pose a danger to your pets. If you are taking care of both pets and your own garden, you should be aware of these things.

• Fertilizers: Though fertilizers are good for your soil, if your pet will consume them in great amounts, they night suffer from some stomach issues. While applying fertilizers or immediately after applying fertilizers, make sure to not let your pets into your garden. Once your fertilizers will be dissolved into your soil, they will no longer be harmful to your pets.

• Cocoa mulch: Cocoa is sweet-smelling. This is one of the reasons why most pets are easily attracted to them. However, if your pet will be consuming too much mulch, they could suffer from vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, and seizures. In terms of mulches, you can choose shredded pine, cedar, and hemlock bark that are all harmless to your pets. They can be safe to use around common household pets like cats and dogs.

• Poisonous plant species: Sago palm, rhododendron, and azalea are some of the most common toxic plant species when it comes to common household pets like cats and dogs. The cycad family of plants is also known for causing kidney failure among pets. Pets can also suffer from heart problems when they ingest oleander, azalea, lily of the valley, rhododendron, rosebay, foxglove, and kalanchoe.

• Insecticides: Chemical sprays, granules, and snail baits that are typically used in gardens can be hazardous to the health of your pets and sometimes can cause their deaths. They comprise chemical components that are not just harmful to pets but other living organisms. Thus, make sure to keep trac of your pets.

• Gardening tools with sharp edges: There are several tools that are commonly used in gardening. Most of them come with sharp edges. When it comes to this type of tool, specifically, make sure that you properly stake them so your pets will not get injured by them. If your pet will get hurt by tools that are rusty, they might suffer from tetanus. Thus, make sure to store your garden tools properly.

• Insects in your garden: There are all sorts of insects that are roaming around the plants in your garden. Some of them are beneficial to your plants and are no harm to your pet; however, you also have some that though they are beneficial to your plants, they can be harmful to your pet. Furthermore, there are insects that are both harmful to your plants and pets. Fleas and ticks are some garden insects that can be harmful to your pets. An insect infestation or bit may cause your pet from losing hair or getting fever, scabs, scratches, Babesia, and Lyme disease. To avoid these insects, ensure to keep your lawn well mowed.

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