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Posted on 06-24-2015

Are you going to be planting a garden soon? If so, you might get a bit of unwanted help from your four-legged pal. Fido has many wonderful qualities, but being a good gardener is not one of them. Dogs can also make themselves sick by eating plants that are bad for them. Below, a Calabasas veterinarian offers tips on how to keep your dog and garden safe from each other.


Look at your yard and check for spots where Fido may have already created paths by running back and forth. Planting in Fido’s highway could very likely result in a trampled garden. Work with your pooch, and incorporate his pathways into your garden. Building a high box garden and putting the beds along the path is one option. Raised beds can also help direct the flow of doggy traffic, as can borders.


Do some research to find out what plants are and are not safe for dogs. Azaleas and rhododendrons, for instance, are both toxic to our canine pals. Placing plants close together, especially at the edges of your garden, will discourage Fido from running through the beds. Keep brittle and fragile plants in the middle, where they are less likely to be damaged. You’ll also want to avoid choosing plants with sharp spines or thorns.


Creating borders around your garden will help keep your canine buddy from trampling it. A low fence or wall is one option. You can also use driftwood to create borders around your plant beds. Planting marigolds at borders may also help keep Fido away from your plants. Another trick is to sprinkle a bit of cayenne pepper along the garden perimeter. Fido won’t care for the smell or taste, and may not be highly tempted to explore further.

Fido’s Fun Zone

Why not incorporate a canine play zone into your yard planning? A cute doghouse or a doggy wading pool can be bordered by dog-safe plants and decorative flagstones, and a dog run can be accented by shrubs or potted trees. If your pooch is a digger, make him a sandbox and routinely bury treats and toys in it for him. If he knows where the goodies are, he’ll be less likely to dig up your flowerbeds!

Do you have questions about your dog’s health, care, or behavior? Contact us, your local Calabasas veterinary clinic, anytime!

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