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Springtime Hazards: Garden Toxins for Pets

With the start of Spring comes the introduction of hazards for your pets. Some are less obvious than others. Warmer weather probably means more play time outside, and with that, more exposure to harmful outdoor substances. Gardens can pose a number of poisoning hazards. Be a garden guardian—keep these substances away from pets...

Baits
Rodent, snail and slug baits are often used to keep pests at bay. But if ingested, these poisons are extremely harmful to pets. They are highly toxic and, without immediate veterinary attention, can be fatal. Rodent baits typically can result in blood clotting disorders, brain swelling or kidney failure, depending on which type is used, while snail and slug baits can result in severe tremoring or seizuring.

Blood Meal
Used as an organic fertilizer, blood meal is flashfrozen animal blood that has been dried and ground. Unfortunately, many pets find this product very tasty and may even seek it out. If a large amount is ingested, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea and severe inflammation of the pancreas.

Bone Meal
Bone meal is an organic fertilizer made from animal bones that have been ground to a powder. The “bone” is what makes it so palatable to dogs— but when ingested, bone meal can form a large, concrete-like obstruction in the stomach that could require surgical removal.

Insecticides
Most over-the-counter insecticides are basic gastrointestinal irritants to pets and are generally not cause for major concern. However, if your pet has ingested this type of chemical, contact us or the Pet Poison Helpline right away to make sure your pet is safe.

Fertilizers
Many fertilizers are basic gastrointestinal irritants. However, some are often combined with dangerous chemicals and compounds called organophosphates or carbamates, which can be harmful to pets. Ingestion can result in drooling, watery eyes, urination, defecation, seizures, difficulty breathing, fever and even death. Immediate treatment with an antidote is necessary to improve your pet’s chance of survival.

When in doubt about any outdoor chemical or treatment, avoid pet exposure and read the warning label on the back of the package. Manchaca Village Veterinary Care is always here to help should your pet ingest something dangerous.