Dogs and Water in the Backyard

Episode: 3
Title: Dogs and Water in the Backyard
Broadcast: March 16, 2019
Presenter: Dr Sam Sorensen

Many dogs love the water, but there’s a few things to think about when mixing your pet pup with the backyard pool or pond.

  • Every dog wants to be a part of your pack and involved with all the fun outdoor family activities, which includes poolside play. But this time of year, pools of water is a big attractant to all sorts of insects needing a drink, including bees and wasps, so it pays to be careful where your dog steps.
  • Try planting lots of green foliage and strappy leaved tropical plants around pools and ponds, as these plants will be less attractive to stinging insects like bees. Plant your flowering blooms in areas where your pets are less likely to visit.
  • If your pet does get stung, there may be nothing to be concerned about, but it’s always best to keep an eye on them for 24 hours. Seek veterinary attention if you notice signs of swelling, stress or pain.
  • If your dog likes to swim in the pond, keep in mind that he or she may be causing distress to the other local residents – such as ducks or fish. Either fence the water off, or plant some water loving plants as a border, like palms, tree ferns, corydalines and water lilies.