How To Make Your Yard Pet-Friendly

Having pets is one of the greatest joys of life, and most of us would do anything to keep our beloved cat or dog safe and happy. One of the best ways to do this is to create a safe play area in your backyard for pets to enjoy. By creating a safe, fenced-in play area for pets, you can enrich their lives and ensure they can safely enjoy the great outdoors. 

Below are four different ways you can create a pet oasis in your own backyard: 

Add a doghouse or other shelter from the sun. 

The summers in Florida are typically too hot for most pets to enjoy for more than a few hours. This is especially true if you have a long-haired or double-coated dog, as their coat can retain heat and make it more difficult to cool off. If you want to ensure your pups can keep cool and enjoy the summer days, create plenty of shade in your backyard. You can plant shade trees, build a doghouse, or fill a kiddie pool up with water to ensure they can cool off easily and frequently. 

Avoid dangerous pesticides, weed killers, and poisonous plants. 

Most homeowners don’t realize that the weed killers they use can be harmful to pets if exposed too early. The same can be true for certain types of garden plants if a dog or cat ingests them, so be sure to read the labels carefully and research your products and plants before using them. 

Maintain healthy grass. 

Dogs love to roll around in the grass, and it can actually help keep them cool if the grass retains moisture in the dirt. If you cut your grass down too short or too frequently, they won’t be able to enjoy this benefit of playing outside. 

Build a safety fence. 

Fencing should be used around the perimeter of your fence as well as around pools or decks that could pose a danger to your pets. Cat and dog drownings are unfortunately common in Florida, but you can prevent this by building an aluminum fence or screen around your pool that keeps them safe. A privacy fence also allows pets to roam free during the day so you don’t have to supervise them every second they spend outdoors. 

FloriFence can help you design the perfect fence for your backyard, so both you and your furry friends can enjoy time outdoors. To learn more about your options for residential pet fencing, contact us today.

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