If you own a dog, creating a beautiful, safe yard is more challenging than it would be otherwise. Fortunately, by making a few landscaping and design changes in your yard, you will be able to enjoy many more years outside with your dog.
Is Urine Burn a Problem?
Urine burn is a result of the high levels of nitrogen in a dog's urine. Obviously, bigger dogs have larger amounts of urine, so owners of big dogs will see the problem more than owners of a smaller breed will.
If your yard is now yellow or faded in the area where your dog voids his bladder, it's a good idea to ask your veterinarian if changing your dog's diet to one that is higher in protein is appropriate. Diets that are higher in protein will produce less nitrogen in their urine. You can also water down the urine after your dog is done, to dilute the nitrogen and prevent more significant damage.
If the problem continues, you can consult with your landscaper (such as Affordable Cuts) about replacing the existing grass with perennial ryegrasses and fescues..Those types of grass are known to be hardier and more resistant to nitrogen.
Do You Know What Common Plants are Toxic to Dogs?
If your dream yard has a complex vegetable or flower garden, it is crucial to know which plants should never be grown in a yard when you own a dog. There are many plants that can harm your canine, but below are a few of the most common.
The aloe vera plant is a beautiful plant with green stalks that carry aloe. Aloe is used topically for sunburns and to protect wounds on humans for many years. Unfortunately, if your dog ingests it, they are prone to diarrhea, vomiting and severe shaking that resembles a convulsion.
Daffodils are often one of the first blooms since in the spring and are easy to spot, because of their bright yellow petals and quick growth. However, your dog will be poisoned by the toxicity of the alkaloids. The symptoms of daffodil poisoning include excessive drooling, seizures, vomiting, diarrhea and in severe cases, death.
Lilies are also a popular flower and are often planted in the yard, after Easter. If your dog eats certain types of lily, they will soon throw up, have very loose stools, lose their appetite and even show signs of depression. Although all lilies are not poisonous to your dog, it is best to avoid the use of them in your landscaping entirely, to avoid the possibility of a problem.
In conclusion, an experienced landscaper will have recommendations for your yard that make the area safe and usable for everyone in your family, including your canine. If you are willing to make some minor changes, you will never have to wonder how safe your pet is outside.