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Today’s session is about protecting your dogs while you get your yard in shape for the summer.
It’s that time of the year again and as everyone is getting their yards into shape for the summer, but don’t forget that many of the things that we may want to do to our yards maybe harmful to our dogs. While we can’t make our yards 100% safe for our dogs, we can limit the harmful things that we put in them. One of the main things people do to make their yards look nice is to weed and mulch the flower beds. Fertilizers, pesticides and mulch are all poisonous to dogs and cats.
Fertilizers, pesticides, and weed killers that are commonly used, all are poisonous to cats and dogs. While these products are designed to do different things in the yard, they all affect your pet the same way… BADLY! The chemicals used in these products are highly poisonous and will affect your pets nervous system. Care should be taken to keep these away from pets and pets away from them. Even the “natural” products are dangerous to your pets health (these are made from the Chrysanthemum flower). . Your best bet is to keep all garden products away from your pets.
Regardless of which products your pet gets into, the effects on them will be the same. The above chemicals will affect your pets nervous system. They disrupt the nervous system and can cause your pet to die. Some signs and symptoms to watch for, is watering of the eyes, excessive salivation, uncontrolled urination. Or the direct opposite, dry eyes, hot dry skin, dry mouth, flushed skin, red gums and eyes, the inability to urinate. Your pet may seize (shake uncontrollably, urinate and become unconscious), stop breathing and ultimately die. While there are antidotes and medications that can help your pet and possibly control these symptoms, they require Interveinous (IV), injection or infusion medications. That means you need to get your pet to the vets as soon as you see any signs and symptoms.
While doing research for this article, I looked at the different types of mulch that is readily available to put in our yard’s flower beds. The popular mulches include; wood mulch both dyed and not dyed, rubber mulch, licorice root mulch, cocoa shell mulch and compost mulch. Of all the mulches, natural composted yard waste is the safest for your pet. The wood mulch, especially the dyed mulch can be poisonous to your pets. The rubber mulch is not digestible and could cause an obstruction in the digestive tract. The licorice mulch can be poisonous to your pet, I was not able to find any info that said it was safe, with any processed mulch, we don’t know exactly what chemicals are used to process it, so I always error on the side of caution and consider it poisonous until proven safe. Cocoa mulch is the shell that is left over from the production of chocolate, so besides chocolate being poisonous, the shells from the cocoa seeds are dangerous, if ingested they could cause blockages and lacerations in the digestive tract.
So in conclusion, while it is exciting to feel the warm weather of spring and seeing the plants start to bud and bloom, remember that when using products to clean up your yard, be careful. Our dogs and cats are smaller than us and poisons will affect them sooner and from smaller amounts and shorter exposure times. Always try to use natural products, but beware, some “natural” products are also poisonous. Bottom line, be careful, watch your pet closely and do your best to provide a safe environment for both you and your pets. Enjoy the transformation of spring and enjoy your summer.
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