Friendly Backyards


This resource was provided to Pet Guardian Angels of America by Cary Teller

The Intricacies of a Pet-friendly Backyard

Having a backyard is a fun way to spend time outdoors while in the confines of your own
property. Most people take pride in making their backyard aesthetically pleasing with different
plants, swing structures and a nice fence. But did you know that you could actually be putting
your pet at risk of becoming ill, or worse? Without careful planning, a backyard can go from
seemingly pet friendly to dangerous.

In this article, we will look at the potential risks involved with a backyard and how to help keep
your dog safe.

What Can Make My Dog Ill or Hurt?

A backyard can seem like an innocent dwelling space for your furry best friend, but keep in mind
many of the toxic and harmful items that these areas can hold. Here is a few to check off of your
list when considering what should not reside in your backyard.

  • Toxic plants
  • Insecticides
  • Fertilizers
  • Compost
  • Cocoa mulch
  • Scattered garden tools

Which Plants Do I Avoid?

Adding plants to a backyard is a way of making it your own space. Though many are unsure
about which plants will cause harm to your playful pooch. Don’t forego planting your dream
garden. The following list the toxic and non-toxic plants to include in your backyard.


  • Aloe Vera
  • Lilies
  • Daffodils
  • Diffenbachia, or Dumbcane
  • Foxglove
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Grapes
  • Tomatoes


  • Black-eyed Susan
  • African Violets
  • Snapdragons
  • Aster
  • Pansies
  • Petunias
  • Basil
  • Carrots
  • Leafy greens
  • Radishes
  • Zucchini

How Do I Know If My Dog Has Been Poisoned?

Dogs can be poisoned by eating either toxic plants are something that was thrown over the
fence. Knowing the signs of dog poisoning is crucial for times of trouble. Canine Journal has
provided a list of symptoms to look for. If your dog is experiencing any of these, it is best to get
immediate attention from your vet or the clinic.

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Blood found in the stool
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bruising
  • Nosebleeds
  • Heartbeat that is irregular
  • Unable to urinate

What Are the Possible Solutions to Achieve a Pet-friendly

There are many hazards involved with a backyard that can make your dog sick. Here are
highlights of the most common problems that can arise in these situations, all of which can be
fixed with these following tricks.

  • Secured fence
  • Eradicate harmful insects
  • Deter wildlife
  • Address landscaping problems
  • Install the proper shelter and water supply for your backyard dog
  • Limit the amount of contact of potentially ill-mannered strangers over the fence

Seeking Help from a Professional

In order to make the necessary changes in your backyard, it is best to find a company that
promotes pet-friendly solutions. For those living near Southern California, you can find a pest
control company in San Diego
or another developed city that will take care of these needs.

Why Hire a Pest Control Company for Your Backyard?

Pet-proofing your backyard by yourself can be time consuming. You may also accidentally forget
one of the many hazards that your dog could suffer from. It is always best to seek the
assistance of a professional, especially one that focuses on using pet-friendly methods.

  • Professionals tend to exterminate with your health in mind.
  • Identifying pests in the first place is challenging. With the proper credentials, pest control
    companies are made to find and combat potentially harmful pests.
  • Time: the time that it would take for you to make a pet-friendly backyard greatly surpasses the
    amount of time taken by a professional.
  • Avoiding damage: forego a hefty bill made by a mistake when a pest company can do it right
    the first time.

When considering your backyard oasis, it should be pet-friendly and non-toxic. Dogs are
susceptible to a variety of probable hazards that can either be ingested or harmful in other
ways. Using a professional can be the solution to providing your family and pets with a space
that is non-toxic and stress-free.

“Cary Teller is an Oregon native who loves exploring the outdoors with his trusty sidekick Milo, a 2-year old gorgeous and cuddly mastiff.”