Is Weed And Feed Toxic To Dogs And Cats?
Jake and Maggie enjoyed the weekend by swimming in Aunt Carla's pool :-).
What an awesome feeling to see my two babies enjoying themselves splashing in the pool. These two are like fishes! Thanks Aunt Carla and Uncle John for having all of us over for swims and pizza :-).
The term “weed and feed” refers to lawn care products that contain a combination of fertilizer and herbicides. Most of the products available in stores contain chemicals and can hurt your pet if they get the toxins on their fur or paws and then lick themselves.
NPIC (National Pesticide Information Center) fact sheets are designed to answer questions that are commonly asked by the general public about pesticides that are regulated by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). This document is intended to be educational in nature and helpful to consumers for making decisions about pesticide use. Call the National Pesticide Information Center at 1-800-858-7378 for more information.
- To avoid toxic exposure, water the lawn before applying commercial weed and feed products.
- Consider treating only sections of your yard at a time so that there is room for your pets to go potty or play.
- This causes the fertilizers and herbicides to adhere to the grass blades.
- It stays on the grass blades until you water the lawn again, some 24 to 48 hours after the application.
- Be sure to check the label for warnings and instructions.
- During the period between the first and second watering, pets should not be allowed on the lawn. The chemicals are present on the grass blades and your dog or cat can lick up the toxins on their fur or paws.
- Dogs might even eat grass treated with the chemicals.
- When you water the lawn again, you wash the chemicals from the foliage. It passes into the soil where it is absorbed by the plant roots and kills the weeds. At this point, your lawn is safe for pets again but, again,
- Trouble breathing
- Neurological problems
- Brown-colored gums
- Pet Poison Helpline: Protecting Pets from Poisons in the Yard and Garden – https://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/uncategorized/protecting-pets-from-poisons-in-the-yard-and-garden/
- Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association; Herbicide Exposure and the Risk of Transitional Cell Carcinoma of the Urinary Bladder in Scottish Terriers;Lawrence T. Glickman et al. – https://avmajournals.avma.org/doi/abs/10.2460/javma.2004.224.1290
- Eco Garden Pro Weed Killer (SAFE FOR: PETS, CHILDREN, BEES, FISH, AND ANY LIVESTOCK) – https://www.ecogardensolution.com/products/eco-garden-pro-organic-weed-killer
- Natural Resources Defense Council: A Lawn Care Pesticide Threatens Health and is Poised to Get Worse – https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/Lurking-in-the-Weeds-FS.pdf
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