Poison Proof your Lawn

March 13, 2013

Pets are prone to poisoning because most of them are not trained to recognize dangerous substances. They are also naturally curious and will gravitate towards a strange new object, unmindful of its true purpose or risk. Keep your pets safe and healthy with these pet poison prevention tips.

Go natural.
If you let pets out to play in the yard, stop using chemical pesticides or fertilizers for plants and grass. Many commercial pesticides contain ingredients that are toxic or irritating to animals. Use organic fertilizers instead and prevent pests by mixing a homemade pesticide from natural ingredients. One caveat: if using cocoa mulch, apply only to plants that are out of reach of pets. Cocoa can be very toxic to some pets if ingested, so either apply it sparingly where pets cannot get to it or avoid it altogether.

Follow proper disposal methods for waste materials.
Lead from dead batteries, used automotive oil, grease and other automotive and household products that contain chemicals must be wrapped or placed in a leak-proof container and disposed of properly. Some products, such as antifreeze, taste sweet and therefore quite attractive to pets. Always clean off any spills and store leftover items away from the yard out of reach of children and animals.

Be aware of poisonous plants.
One of the most important pet poison prevention tips that every pet owner should keep in mind is that many popular houseplants can be toxic to animals. Some plants have sap, leaves or berries that can irritate the mucus membranes while others can cause a number of health problems or even death if ingested. Be careful when raising plants such as belladonna, calla lilies, birds of paradise, mistletoe, Easter lilies, brunfelsia (the berries are toxic), lily of the valley, morning glory, tansy and venus flytrap, among others.

Keep outdoor trash cans secure.

Trash cans present dozens of combinations of potentially hazardous materials. Aside from spoiled leftovers and food scraps, they can also contain old, damaged and broken household items. Place trash cans on level surfaces and secure or lock the lids to prevent access by bored or curious pets.

Keep pets within a confined, fenced area
Even if you implement pet poison prevention tips carefully, pets could still become victims of poisoning if they strayed into the neighbor’s yard. Keep pets within a fenced area or indoors, if and when necessary.


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