<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=1289632567801214&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">
New call-to-action

    Pets Shouldn't Do Yard Work

    This page may contain affiliate links, for which we earn a commission for qualifying purchases. This is at no cost to you, but it helps fund the free education that we have on our website. Read more here.

    Updated: July 19, 2017


    Yard work. Some of you love doing it and some get others to do it for them. Whichever it is, it's a good idea to keep your pets inside.

    Power tool culprits:
    lawn mowers, weed whackers, hedge trimmers. AND the projectiles they fling about, like rocks, sticks and other debris.

    This unlucky and unsuspecting kitten (photo above), suffered facial trauma while hiding in the bushes near where someone was using a weed whacker this week. Fortunately he was rushed to the hospital, where pain medications and antibiotics were administered and his wounds cleaned and sutured. (And happily this little guy started eating in pretty short order afterwards :-)

    dog-in-the-grassPenny was a lucky dog, as she had a run-in with a lawnmower and escaped with only an injury to her tail. Some pets aren’t as lucky though, and some of the injuries sustained are significantly more severe. Lawnmowers tend to be the least forgiving. lawn-mower-tip

    So best to err on the side of caution and keep your critters safely inside the house while you (or anyone else) is doing yard work at your home.

    And, as the case of the little kitty above should demonstrate, should such trauma ever happen to your pet, please bring them immediately for veterinary evaluation and care. Delay will often result in more significant blood loss and tissue damage, as well as prolonged pain for your pet.

    Happy gardening—without your pet!


    Please note: Unless otherwise stated, products, services, and/or companies mentioned, or links to same, are for illustration purposes only and their inclusion does not constitute an endorsement from Preventive Vet. Additionally, we are NOT compensated if you choose to buy what we feature.

    Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, pet safety tips, Summer Pet Safety Tips, Garden

    Photo Credit: Preventive Vet

    Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

    Please share your experiences and stories, your opinions and feedback about this blog, or what you've learned that you'd like to share with others.