It’s quite common for animals to ingest chemicals sprayed all over the fields. Most fertilizers contain varying amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (potash) as indicated by the three numbers on the packaging (i.e., 30-10-10 or 10:0:40).
Homeowners often use fertilizers during spring and fall to sprawl up their lawn. The fertilizer comes in two types; granular and water-based. These are sprayed over the plants. The chemical residue on plant’s leaves and hangs and soil can remain active for a while.
As a responsible homeowner, you should prevent your pets from wandering around the lawn for 72 hours or 3 days before the chemicals subside.
Most fertilizers contain insecticide used specifically to kill germs, insects, and pests.
Signs of Fertilizer Poisoning
- Vomiting (acute or delayed onset)
- Abnormal posture due to abdominal pain
- “Muddy” colored gums
- Severe lethargy/collapse
- Excessive tearing
- Abnormal heart rates
- Difficulty breathing (due to bronchoconstriction)
How to Prevent Pet Poisoning
Keep Fertilizer Bags out of reach
An open bag of fertilizer will warmly welcome pets to nibble or taste. The direct consumption of fertilizer can cause seizure, trauma, or even death. As a responsible homeowner, you should keep the harmful substance from out of the reach of your pets. The safety of their life can only be ensured by you.
Do not allow pets into the lawn
After spraying the fertilizer into your lawn, leave it for rest for at least 72 hours before you allow pets and family member to step into the lawn. The leaves and soil still consist of the chemical residue which can be harmful if ingested by pets or children. Although mild, the effects of the chemical can be troublesome.
Properly wash your hand before touching your pet
It’s important that you properly wash your hand before touching or grooming your pet after dealing with fertilizer. Most foreign agents or enzymes enter your pet’s skin through touch. Your pets may easily inhale or lick the chemical residue off your hand.
Use hazard-free fertilizer
There are much bio-degradable and non-hazard fertilizer available for sprawling the lawn. Care to buy the bag with least hazard. This can be beneficial for your health, your pet’s health, the quality of soil, and the surrounding environment.
Remove debris and dead pests
After spraying the fertilizer, you should check if there are any dead pests, chemical residue, or debris left open. These are mostly digestible and your pet may find it fascinating enough to nibble or eat altogether.