Having a pet-friendly pond in Phoenix is almost as important as having a kid-friendly Phoenix pond! Pet owners more often than not consider their pets to be their furry babies, and with good reason!
Pet-friend ponds in Phoenix should have many of the same features as a kid-friendly pond. For example, they should have easy ingress/egress so that if the pet gets in, it can also get out with ease. Not that we advocate EVER leaving your child alone around water! A pet-friendly Phoenix pond should also be a healthy organic water source because your pet WILL drink from it. In fact, you may never need to fill a water dish again – bonus!
Something to take into consideration with a pet-friendly Phoenix pond is allowing the pet unfettered access into the house. If your pup likes to swim, you may not want him/her jumping from the pond to your white sofa.
There’s also the durability concern. If you have a pet that likes to dig, then you’ll need to use a rock mix with mostly heavier rocks, and not just small gravel. Concrete ponds fall into this category, but don’t meet the ingress/egress test, nor are they easy to keep filled with healthy, organic water.
Your pond will likely provide hours of entertainment for your pet, as it does with kids. If you’re building your pet-friendly Phoenix pond specifically for your pet, make sure it’s size-appropriate. You don’t want to build a 5’ wide pond for water-loving Great Dane!
And you need to consider the compatibility of your pet with a Phoenix pond. If your pet likes to fish, and will destroy your plants and actually catch and eat the fish (or worse: leave little fish carcasses laying around; or even worse: bring them into the house!), then maybe a disappearing pondless waterfall or stream is a more appropriate water feature for your yard.
The Pond Gnome’s client list contains more pet owners than non-pet owners, and most of them are absolutely tickled with their pet-friend Phoenix pond. You can read about some of them on our Testimonials page. If they’ve left contact information, feel free to chat with them about their experiences!
To see a really cool kitty indoor/outdoor enclosure with a pond, visit our projects on Houzz.
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Barbi Holdeman, co-owner of The Pond Gnome, enjoys sharing their 17+ years of education & experience with you! She writes about Phoenix Ecosystem Pond Installation, Pond Maintenance, Wildlife around the Pond, Koi and Goldfish in the Pond, and the Pond Lifestyle. If you enjoy what she writes, please share it!