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Does your pet love to spend time outside in your yard? While it’s great to let your pet enjoy the fresh air, it’s important to pet-proof the area around your house. These outdoor pet safety tips can help you keep your four-legged friend safe.

  1. Look for pet-friendly products. Use lawn and gardening products that aren’t harmful to pets whenever possible and follow the instructions carefully.
  2. Avoid cocoa bean mulch. The smell and taste of this mulch can be very tempting to pets, but like chocolate, it contains theobromine, which is toxic for dogs and cats.
  3. Put tools away. When you’re done working on the lawn or in your garden, store rakes, trowels and other tools safely so your pet can’t step on them and get hurt.
  4. Consider a cat enclosure. If your feline longs to go outside, you can set up a secure cat enclosure, which is safer than letting your kitty roam free.
  5. Watch the grass eating. While eating a few blades is typically safe, your pet could get an upset tummy from ingesting too much grass. Also, keep your pet away from grass treated with chemicals.
  6. Remove hazardous plants. Make sure your yard is clear of toxic plants, like lilies and daffodils. Some mushrooms can be harmful, too. Watch out for them, especially after heavy rains when they tend to pop up.

Also, remember to check your pet for ticks, which can carry Lyme Disease, after a good romp outside.

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