A freshly manicured lawn during the summer can be a source of pride for homeowners. Typically, however, keeping a well-maintained lawn requires using fertilizer. For pet parents, this can raise some red flags. Can you have a pristine yard and keep Fido and Peaches safe at the same time?
Below we’ll discuss tips on keeping your pet safe around fertilizer.
Which Fertilizers Are Dangerous to Pets?
Nearly all commercial and organic fertilizers can be harmful to your pet, according to Blue Pearl Vet. While large amounts of fertilizer can be lethal if consumed, fertilizer ingestion in any amount can cause trouble.
Organic fertilizer may sound like the safer, more natural and pet-friendly option, but this is not the case. Typically, bone meal, blood meal, fish meal and feather meal from the farming industry are included in organic fertilizers. These can cause severe gastrointestinal upset and even pancreatitis in pets.
As a rule of thumb, fertilizers containing iron, carbamates, or organophosphates should be avoided at all costs. These can cause more serious, harmful damage to your pet’s health if ingested.
Which Fertilizers Can I Use Instead?
Surprisingly, several natural products can work wonders on your lawn. Did you know seaweed, compost, manure and fish emulsion can all help beautify your yard and keep your pet safe?
Seaweed is high in nitrogen, and compost is a great natural garden fertilizer. Manure and fish emulsion can also help keep your garden looking healthy and green, but just be aware that your dog may be highly attracted to their smells, which could in turn lead to digging, tasting or rolling around in the newfound scent.
Keeping Your Pet Safe Around Fertilizer
If commercial or organic fertilizers are used on your lawn, there are steps you can take to prevent pet poisoning.
First and foremost, read all product instructions. Each fertilizer should contain instructions regarding application and how long people or pets must wait before stepping onto a fertilized area. Keep your pet away from the area until it is safe to re-enter, usually around 24 hours or until the product is absorbed.
Break up any clumps of fertilizer that may be hiding in your lawn. It is better for Fido to eat a few blades of grass containing fertilizer than to consume a pile of it.
If you store the fertilizer at home, be sure to keep it somewhere Fido and Peaches have no chance of reaching. A canine or kitty that feasts on a bag of fertilizer can become severely ill and face a life-threatening emergency.
Signs Your Pet Has Consumed Fertilizer
Symptoms of commercial fertilizer ingestion may include:
- Trouble Breathing
If you suspect your pooch or feline has consumed a type of organic fertilizer, be on the lookout for:
- Intestinal Obstruction
Unfortunately, as mentioned above, consuming fertilizer in large quantities may be fatal. Organic fertilizers may prove to be an even bigger temptation for kitty or Fido to taste due to the smell.
If you suspect your pet has ingested any amount of fertilizer, call your veterinarian for immediate medical care.
Keep your pet safe around fertilizer by limiting the usage of chemical or organic fertilizers, not re-entering a fertilized area until cleared to do so by the instructions on the label, and consider using seaweed, compost, manure or fish emulsion as natural alternatives.
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