Keep your dog safe in the garden

Some hints and tips on garden safety for your dog.


Many common garden products can be poisonous, even fatal, to dogs. Slug pellets are particularly dangerous and so are some weedkillers. Read the instructions carefully and keep these products well away from animals. Some weedkillers say they are pet-safe, but when you check the small print, this applies only once they have dried, so animals have to be kept away for several hours after application. If you suspect your dog has eaten slug pellets or any other toxic substance, you should:

  • contact your vet immediately;
  • follow any first aid advice carefully;
  • be prepared to take your dog to the surgery for urgent attention.


Some common plants can be poisonous to animals and, in extreme cases, can be deadly. Bulbs can look especially tempting to the average greedy hound but can be dangerous, so keep them well out of reach.

Garden tools

Never use a lawn mower or strimmer when your dog is in the garden: these can cause severe injuries. Never leave tools with sharp points or blades lying around, as dogs can easily be injured if they stand on them. Hose pipes may be tempting for dogs to chew, so leaving them out may result in you getting soaked next time you turn them on!

Water features

Make sure that all ponds, etc are properly covered, especially if you have a puppy, as it could be unable to get out of even the shallowest garden pond.


Whilst you are working in the garden, check all fencing is dog-proof to prevent your dog being lost or injured on the roads. If you are using creosote or any other wood preserver, keep animals away until it is dry and make sure that containers are never left uncovered for animals to drink from.

Dangerous to dogs

These are just some of the most common plants which can be poisonous to dogs and range from mildly toxic to very poisonous.  A more comprehensive list can be obtained from the Royal Horticultural Society on 01483 224234.

  • clematis armandii
  • foxglove
  • primrose
  • yew
  • fritillary
  • rhododendron
  • horse chestnut
  • ivy
  • rhubarb
  • laburnum
  • lobelia
  • wysteria
  • sweet peas
  • lupin
  • euphorbia
  • nightshades
  • poppy
  • chrysanthemum