As the owner of pets, you are aware that they are very inquisitive creatures. Just as with farm animals, dogs and cats love to graze outdoors. They will sniff and nibble on plants and flowers that appear interesting to them and most of them are. For this reason, it is imperative that your yard contain outdoor plants that are safe and pet-friendly for the safety of your beloved pets. You can check with your local Rockford Humane Society for a list of pet friendly plants for your yard at http://www.animalshelter.org/shelters/Humane_Society_of_Winnebago_County_rId1450_rS_pC.html.
As with any big decision, doing your research and planning ahead is important in creating a safe, pet-friendly yard. Beauty and upkeep shouldn’t be your only decision when choosing outdoor plants. The Humane Society provides a listing of plants that are poisonous to pets, which you can use for guidance in planning your yard.
Grass is a pet-friendly plant that dogs and cats love to romp and graze in just as most farm animals do. Pets like the taste and the texture of the blades of grass, and they use the grass as a self-medication for digestive upset, according to the website, naturalpetcare.com. Dogs and cats eat the grass, which helps them to vomit, relieving the upset in their stomachs.
Ornamental grasses are a great addition to your yard. It is very hardy, poses no threat to pets and can work as a barrier around sections of the yard that you would like to keep as pet-free. Even the pet-free areas should be safe and non-toxic.
With a varied choice of pet-friendly outdoor plants, it is best to decide on plants for their hardiness as well as appearance. Your pets aren’t going to be gentle and careful around the plants. Select plants such as bamboo, sweet woodruff, cotoneaster, thyme and periwinkle, which are very hardy, woody plants. Sweet woodruff and creeping thyme are great groundcovers as well. These types of plants can withstand being walked on and nibbled on while maintaining beauty in the yard.
Along with picturesque pet-friendly green outdoor plants, there are many fragrant and pretty flowers that you can safely add to the yard as well. Some non-toxic flowers include marigolds, snapdragons, Rex Begonias, honeysuckle fuchsia, bachelor buttons and hollyhocks. Careful planning can produce a pet-friendly outdoor garden. Your pet may spend a great deal of time in the yard, most often unattended. You want to be sure it is a safe environment. Remember to always provide a special place for your pet to retreat out of the sun and have ample water available as well.
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For Rockford, Illinois and area residents, if you need great care for your furry best friends, while on vacation, at work or anytime, check out this site at http://www.domesticstaffingsolutions.com/pet_care and contact Carol with any questions at [email protected] She is quick with her responses. For other great local pet care – go to – http://www.care.com/pet-care-rockford-il-p1049-q1999546.html http://happypaws-rockford.com/, http://www.davesdoggieden.com/.
Take your dog to the park . . . the doggy park . . . Rockford’s two locations – http://www.dogparkusa.com/parks/IL/Rockfordor check out this site – http://www.tripswithpets.com/location/united-states/il/rockford/parks
Looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Ledfoot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at http://LEDFOOTSPETBAKERY.COM. You can contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, [email protected]
For all your pets needs in Rockford, go to your local PETCO – 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 – http://www.petco.com/or your local PETSMART – 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 – http://stores.petsmart.com/result-details.php?store=493 – PETLAND, (815) 332-4200 – www.petland.com/
For many of your pets essentials, visit your local Rockford area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations – 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 – 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 –
3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620- 2454 S. Alpine Rd.,
Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421- http://www.cvsphoto.com/home
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