5 Ways To Make Your Yard More Dog-Friendly

Do you have a yard for your canine pal to run and play in? If so, that’s great! Fido loves getting some fresh air and sunshine. However, it’s important to make sure that your pup’s outdoor playroom is safe, comfortable, and fun for him. Read on as a Sugar Land, TX vet lists some ways to make your yard a great spot for your furry best friend.

Sturdy Fencing

Man’s Best Friend has a pretty strong sense of adventure, and will often slip out at any opportunity. Make sure that your fencing is secure. We also recommend getting a self-latching gate.

Basic Amenities

Make sure that your four-legged friend always has fresh water, shade, and shelter outdoors. Does Fido keep knocking his water dishes over? Get a large urn-style planter, and put your pet’s water dishes in that. Change the water daily, as it will quickly be contaminated with bugs and dust. (Tip: use the old water for your plants.) Your furry buddy may also appreciate a doghouse!

Kiddie Pool

Many of our canine buddies love to splash and play in water. Set out a little kiddie pool for Fido. You may also want to let him play in the spray from a sprinkler or hose. We do recommend getting a filter for your hose, though, especially if you water with reclaimed water.

Pet-Safe Gardening

Make sure that your yard only contains plants that are safe for Fido. Sago palms, for example, are extremely toxic to dogs. Tulips, lilies, and azaleas are also unsafe. You can find a full list of both safe and unsafe plants online at the ASPCA website here. You’ll also want to keep your furry friend in mind when choosing ground cover. Mulch can be a problem, as some dogs will try to eat it. Your pet could also get splinters in his paws. Cocoa mulch is particularly unsafe, as it contains cocoa, which is poisonous to dogs.


Did you know that keeping your property neat can help fight flea and tick infestations? Ticks love to hide in long grass, so mowing your yard regularly will help keep them away. Trimming hedges and overhanging branches will also help, as will picking up debris, such as dead branches.

Please contact us, your Sugar Land, TX vet clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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