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Pets & Landscaping

Posted on Thu, Jun 06, 2013 @ 10:07 AM

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Landscaping the outside of your practice can pose problems—especially when your patients use those areas as dining rooms or bathrooms.

Before buying and planting any trees, shrubs, plants, and flowers, write down your potential picks and compare them with the lists of toxic and nontoxic plants compiled by the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC). To learn more visit the following links:

ASPCA | Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants

ASPCA | Plants and Trees

Filling your landscape with pet-friendly flora will keep pets safe. But what about the plants? To protect them from urine damage, implement one or more of the following strategies:

  • Buy mature trees, shrubs, plants, and flowers, and plant them in clusters.
  • Use raised planter boxes, and surround them with brick, rock, or wood.
  • Create specific elimination areas using shredded wood or gravel.

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Tags: Facility Design, Hospital Design