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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 03-29-2011, 08:56 AM Thread Starter
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Fertilizer/Lawn chemical season, be Careful out there!

Just a reminder when taking those walks around the neighborhoods and parks that it is the season for people to pour tons of chemicals (most of which are unsafe! Especially for small dogs) When they are sniffing for a place to go, they could get a whiff of something dangerously toxic, so be careful! Just because *we* may use safe things on our yards, does not mean our neighbors are doing so.

Signs of chemical poisoning::, diarrhea, vomiting, excessive salivation and/or urination, lethargy, pain, tight/swollen abdomen, very similar to pancreatitis and the poisons can kill them or cause cancer(s).

Not trying to scare anyone, I've just noticed this time of year the increase of 'sick' babies we have had, and just to be mindful of what is out there

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Thanks for posting the reminder, Kara. I have to really watch Tori. She loves to eat grass (sometimes I think she's part goat ) We were at my DGS soccer game a couple of weeks ago and one of the kids was holding her leash and not paying much attention to what she was doing. When I looked over to see how she was, there she was munching away on the grass growing in the flowerbed

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Thanks for the reminder.

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are there any fertilizer/weed&feed prodects that are safer for our dogs??
Our grass needs to be fed!!

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Yes, there are *safe* products, but even though we can use them doesn't mean they won't go sniff the neighbor's yard, or a public park.

Last year around this time, Gucci got really sick, horrible diarrhea, lethargy, I was so scared and worried about her and I know it was something toxic that caused it. That day, I had applied her frontline (which had never caused a reaction before, BUT..that doesn't necessarily mean anything) AND...we took a walk around the neighborhood, that chlorine smell of yard chemicals and Gucci sniffing around the trees and corners for a place to leave her mark. I honestly did not even think about it at the time, I guess we all assume that they have a 6th sense not to sniff certain dangerous things, but put a lumping pile of poo on it or a squirrel trail, then that really won't deter them too much.

I guess point is, in retrospect, I think that poisoning she got, which was alot of the same symptoms as pancreatitis was something she came in contact with that day on our walk. I tell my DH now to keep a fast pace in the street and only go to yards where you know they don't care about their grass, lol.. Really, though.....they are so little, small amounts can really effect them in a big way.

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thanks for the warnings Kara!

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Here is a great page with resources about lawn chemicals and pesticides, and alternatives:

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/lawn/index.htm

Also, I can't help but add that applying a product like Frontline or Advantage to your dog is applying pesticide (Central Nervous System Modulators) directly to them, so sometimes people may think the culprit is someone else's lawn when in fact it is around the same time they applied their flea control product. In a toxic reaction, it can have the same symptoms because it is also a pesticide.

Here is a fact sheet for Fipronil, the active ingredient in Frontline, developed for commercial turf and flea regulation on animals.

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/pest...s/Fipronil.pdf

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Funny this topic showed up today because I just found out this afternoon that they apt I live in fertilized the lawn the week before Sissy got so ill but they didn't put up any signs like the last place I lived did so I had no idea it had even been done. I am now thinking that there is a very good chance it was the fertilizer that caused all of her problems this past weekend.....
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I learned this the hard way. Piper was vomiting and lethargic for about 24 hours after she had spent the day at my parents house. Just like with Sissy, I didn't find out until later that they had fertilized the lawn the day before. Even if they don't eat the grass, they may lick their paws when they come inside. I try to be really careful about where we walk now.

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Thank you for the warning! We should always be aware of our dogs actions. They must always be at close watch.

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