As warm weather approaches, many homeowners will be sodding and seeding—and chemically treating—their lawns. While having a beautiful lawn helps to make the neighborhood look great, many of these chemical treatments can pose serious health risks for dogs. This is why dog fences are particularly important this time of year. If you don't already have a fence in your yard, now may be the time to consider one.
While many people look at pet fencing as a way to keep the neighborhood safe from stray dogs, it is also a way to keep pets safe from things that humans do. Pesticides and lawn treatments can be absorbed through the skin or breathed in by your pets. If your dog happens to graze on grass or flowers that have been treated, the chemicals can attack the gastrointestinal tract.
Some symptoms of poisoning from lawn treatments include difficulty breathing, shaking, abnormal behavior, vomiting, muscle weakness, and dilated pupils. All these symptoms are important to look for, and require a veterinarian's treatment. Of course, you can avoid this if you use proper dog fences in your yard.
Using a fence can keep your dog within a perimeter that you know is safe. Since you are likely to only use treatments that are safe for your pet, you can rest easy knowing that your dog won't become ill because he or she wandered into a neighbor's yard. You'll avoid costly vet bills, and you can ensure that Fido has a long and healthy life in the safety of your yard.