How Can I Make my Yard Pet Friendly?

Before bringing a pet home, you will need to decide whether or not your new furry friend will venture outside in your yard on a regular basis. Although it is not as common for cats to go outside compared with dogs, both types of pets are known for hanging out in their owners' yards. As a precaution, you will need to make your yard more pet friendly so that you can make it a safe environment. Not only will you need to make sure that the area is properly enclosed, but in order to avoid filing an insurance claim you will also need to remove potential hazards that can cause injury or illness to your pet.

Add Fences

Before letting your pet roam around the yard, you will need to fully enclose the space in order to keep your cat or dog safe. One of the most common accidental deaths involving pets are car collisions that can often be prevented simply by keeping animals safely within the owners' properties. The best way to accomplish this task is to build a fence.

Before surrounding your yard with a fence, you will first need to determine which type is best. Metal or aluminum fences are sturdy, but if your neighbor has a pet too, then this kind of fence can leave your furry friend exposed to potential fights, as well as diseases from the other animal. Wood fences add more privacy to the yard, and they are often taller. Keep in mind that you will need to regularly inspect your fence so that you can make repairs as needed--a defective fence will not be an effective way to keep your pet inside of your yard.

You will also need to determine the appropriate height for the fence, based on the exact type of pet that you have. Short fences are generally useful for small dogs, while taller ones are a necessity for medium to large breeds. Cats have the propensity to escape even the tallest fences, so it is important that you monitor your feline carefully. Also discourage your pets from jumping the fence.

An alternative to a traditional fence is an invisible version. This kind of fence is mostly used for dogs, and it works by shielding your surrounding home and giving slight electric pulses through a collar that will discourage your pet from wandering off. An invisible fence is a sound alternative if you cannot afford to build a fence, or if certain zoning rules prevent you from doing so.

Remove Hazards

Failure to remove hazards from within your yard will make any type of safe enclosure pointless. Before letting your pet loose outside, you should immediately remove any hazardous items from the surrounding area. This will not only prevent your pet from sustaining injuries during play, but you will also likely have to see the veterinarian less for sick visits.

Certain types of plants can harm pets, so you will need to do your research and destroy certain kinds immediately. Plants and trees are appealing to animals, and those that are laden with thorns and sharp branches can cause significant injuries during play. Also, some types of greenery with fruits can be poisonous to pets--ask your veterinarian and promptly eliminate such dangers as needed. Landscaping equipment can also pose dangers to family pets, and these pieces are best kept in garages or sheds for safekeeping. As you regularly inspect your yard for any hazards, you will also want to ensure that there are no insect nests or other types of animals that can potentially inflict harm on your furry friend.

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