Doggy Dangers: 13 Potential Garden Hazards for Dogs

If you both love the art of gardening and domesticating a pooch, you might want to know the dangers that you should be putting your beloved dogs away from. Our garden experts have warned the dog owners from the UK to steer their pets clear from 13 backyard hazards that most are not aware of.

Unknowingly, common plants like tomatoes and lilies, as well as potentially deadly fruit, fertilisers and weed killers that we have in our gardens can bring harm to our dogs at home.  However, these shouldn’t keep you from having a sound sleep as our specialists have created a list of precautionary measures that garden-keeping dog owners should apply.

The worst of the winter weather has now drawn to a close and that only means one thing: owners and their pooches will most likely spend more time in the garden.

If you have a shed in your garden, then keeping this secure is another thing to consider.

13 Potential Garden Hazards for Dogs

One of the things that our specialists recommend is to be proactive in protecting our dogs. Owners are being encouraged to keep an eye out for the common garden threats to evade any dangers.

Always make sure to check their current state and when they start showing any sign of having ingested a poison such as:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Weakness

As much as we want to help to protect your dog, it’s important to seek veterinary assistance immediately if your pup gets into difficulty. Dog-proofing your garden can also be your best bet as this will help you to transform your beloved garden into a dog-friendly environment.

1. Plants


Did you know that most of the common plants we tend to grow in our backyards can be dangerous to pooches when ingested? As a matter of fact, tomatoes, potatoes, especially when they’re unripe, green or raw, azaleas and lilies can be deadly to dogs.

Azaleas, tomato leaves and every part of a lily could also cause them vomiting, diarrhoea, poisoning or worst—death.

If you desire to set out any of these plants in your garden, make sure to keep your pets away from them while outside your watch.

2. Fruits


A lot of us do not know that the stones and pits in apricots, cherries, plums and peaches contain deadly cyanide. If they’re crushed before they’re consumed, these seeds can be very poisonous to dogs.

On the other hand, larger stones can also bring choking hazards.

3. Slugs and Snails


Once your dog eats a slug or snail that carries parasites by accident, these molluscs can bring threatening lungworm infection to your pet.

Even though it might be unusual for a dog to munch on these creatures. However, they should still be cleared away from their toys and water sources that may even contain bacteria and viruses.

4. Mushrooms


Mushrooms can grow anywhere, and while some can be totally edible, others are highly toxic to dogs and humans too. Here are the possibilities that your canine has swallowed a poisonous mushroom:

  • Displaying symptoms that range from sickness
  • Hallucinations to kidney
  • Liver failure

It’s best to remove them all from your backyard before it’s too late.

5. Ponds


If you own a lovely pond in the garden, make sure to make it dog-proof. Considering it’s exposing water bodies which can cause various accidents to your dog. Mishaps such as slipping, tripping or getting drowned from a variety of reasons.

It’s best to keep the exterior properly barricaded with fencing, gravel or plants.

6. Weeds


Weeds might be meant to burrow into the ground and germinate. However, they can also accidentally penetrate a dog’s body and cause internal damage.

Since they grow everywhere in the garden regularly, they should also be uprooted continuously. Make sure that your dogs getting regularly checked as well, especially entry points like the ears, nose, mouth and eyes.

7. Compost


Our garden composts mostly contain food waste and mouldy leftovers that can be containing dangerous mycotoxins. Did you know that these are extremely hazardous to your dog’s health?

And though building a compost heap can benefit your garden, they contain remnants of tasty dinners that can attract your pets. Steer your dogs away from it to prevent them from getting tempted with the smell of food.

8. Cocoa Mulch


Most dog owners are well aware the chocolate is bad for pets and can cause poisoning. Moreover, garden bedding mulch made from cocoa beans.

It will be a wise choice to avoid using cocoa mulch in your backyard if you own a dog. Cocoa mulch comprises theobromine which is the same risky ingredient that’s in the chocolate.

This acts like caffeine which can cause diarrhoea, vomiting and muscle or heart issues.

9. Fertilisers, Insecticides and Pesticides


Of course, the danger these chemicals mentioned above bring to humans and dogs is evident. The chemicals they contain such as metaldehyde and disulfoton are poisonous to pooches.

Most of the high street fertilisers also contain anti-pest additives. These additives are an inevitably dangerous chemical, so caution is highly recommended.

10. Weed Killer


Domestic weed killers are highly hazardous to dogs when swallowed or licked. If enough is consumed, they can also cause breathing or heart problems among our pets.

Weed killers usually contain glyphosate. If you wish to use this kind of product, it is necessary to shut your dog inside.

11. Unsecured Tools and Equipment


Obviously, all sharp, mechanical and potentially dangerous garden tools or equipment should be securely stored in a shed to protect your dogs. Not only from them but as well from the humans, especially from the kids.

Innately playful dogs could easily injure themselves on items left lying around if they know no better.

12. Lawn Feed


Some of the most widely available lawn feeds include ferrous sulphate. They can pose harm to dogs’ skin as well as cause gastrointestinal problems or iron poisoning.

The safest way for green-fingered Brits who own dogs to grow garden grass is a natural way – with sunlight, water and organic enrichment.

13. Poorly Maintained Boundaries


Before you know it, a broken backyard fence or collapsed garden wall can cause danger to pets not only through falling or breakage but having them lost beyond boundaries.

Curious canines see large gaps between fences as opportunities for unnecessary freedom especially if they are tempted with sights, smells or sounds to investigate what’s beyond.