Photo by Celyn Bowen on Unsplash It’s getting warmer and we’re getting out into the garden more and more. But are we all aware of the things lurking in the garden we need to look out for, to keep our pets safe at the same time. To make sure we have given you some pointers below. Keeping Houndini safe If your dog is a Houdini in the making then it is important to check for escape routes, especially following heavy winds or if you have moved into a new house. Potential gaps under fences or holes in hedges should be blocked off. Plants can be dangerous Spring bulbs once dug out should be put away safely. They may have a similar appearance to a ball but some can be poisonous to dogs. Some beautiful flowers can also pose a risk like lilies and Hellebores. Always check the labels or check out the list on Gardeners World here. Funghai isn’t always fun for dogs With the warm weather seemingly on its way, mushrooms and toadstools are popping up everywhere in lawns and in cooler areas of the garden. Make sure you check your garden often and remove – some can be deadly so rather safe than sorry. Bug sprays and fertiliser Pesticides and weed killers can be toxic to your pets, whether consumed or just licked. Some can even be deadly. Try to use only those safe for pets or reduce the amount. Make sure slug repellent is not in pellet form and also that rat poisons are not easy to reach for dogs. It is however important to keep snails and slugs at bay which can often be found in and under plant pots and around the garden. These slimy creatures can potentially carry heart worm which can be fatal to dogs and cats of all ages. It is therefore important to keep your pet is wormed correctly with a cross spectrum wormer that will help to protect your pet should they ingest one of these slippery garden bugs. Keeping your lawn looking pristine Everyone loves a green lush lawn but urine from our beloved pets can cause yellow staining and patches due to the concentration of nitrogen in their urine. This can be particularly so in female dogs so to dilute this have your watering can at the ready or use a supplement such as Grass Saver to help neutralize the effects, it’s a tasty treat for the dogs too. When to call a vet? Of course, if your dog or cat do show any symptoms of being unwell and you are worried they have consumed something they shouldn’t have then please get in touch with your vet immediately. But should it just appear to be an upset stomach, our Probiotic Paste is very good for supporting loose stools and other tummy ailments.