Staying safe

Hear from Dr Lisa about what to look out for around the home that could be a danger to your dog.

Dogs love to get up to mischief. Most of the time it's good healthy fun, but you do need to be aware of their safety - from having a fenced, dog friendly back yard, travelling safely on car journeys, to making sure they're not eating things around the home and garden that might be poisonous to them.


Around the home

  • Ensure all household chemicals are stored in a safe place and out of reach from dogs
  • Prevent your dog from scavenging food and items from your household bin and make sure you safely dispose of medicines, chemicals and food so your dog can't get to them
  • Foods that are toxic to dogs include onions and garlic – these can be hidden in our own meals, so avoid giving your dog leftover food, no matter how much they may beg for it
  • We love it, but chocolate contains theobromine and this is dangerous to dogs – cocoa powder and cooking chocolate are the most toxic forms, but even licking a substantial part of the chocolate icing from a cake can make a dog unwell – see your vet if your dog does manage to get his chops on chocolate
  • In the backyard, make sure insecticides and fertiliser containers are sealed, stored out of your dog's reach and are used strictly according to the manufacturer's directions. Dogs love 'blood and bone', even if it smells terrible to us, so keep them away from fertilisers and you can stop them getting ill
  • As dogs often like to chew plants, make sure you avoid plants known to be toxic. Refer to the list of common Australian plants that we know are toxic to dogs
    Plants that are toxic to dogs
  • Contact your vet immediately if you think your pet may have ingested a poisonous plant, chemical or food

Travel safe

Dr Lisa loves to take her two dogs, Nelson and Lucas out with the family. Here she gives some great advice on travelling safely in the car with your dog.

Consider using a specially designed dog carrier, or a harness, depending on the size and age of your dog. Carriers should have good ventilation, a secure door and plenty of room – never leave your dog loose in the car. In the event of an accident an unsecured dog could not only seriously hurt themselves but could also be a danger to other passengers in the car.

For longer journeys, tips to help make the trip stress-free and enjoyable for you and your dog include:

  1. Don't feed your dog immediately prior to car travel
  2. Stop every 2 hours for some exercise and toilet break
  3. Take a water container for your dog to have a drink when you stop
  4. Use a window blind to shield your dog from the sun
  5. Never leave your dog unattended in a hot car

When travelling to tick prone areas be extra vigilant of changes in your dog's behaviour. Consider a preventative such as Nexgard Spectra to protect your dog from these nasty and potentially deadly parasites.