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Keeping Pets Safe in the Garden

dog safe pesticidesIt’s easy to go about your business and not think about the consequences of your actions. Applying pesticides in the garden is one action that needs some monitoring by you if you have pets. Two pesticides to avoid are two of the top 10 chemicals responsible for accidental pet poisonings.

  1. Disulfoton is one that is no longer commonly found in pest treatments, but many Rose-care products do contain this chemical. This is one that is appealing and tasty to dogs and will cause them to have diarrhea and to vomit.
  2. Metaldehyde is found in snail and slug bait and, when ingested by dogs, can cause tremors and seizures.

Herbicides are generally thought to be acceptable to use, in moderation, but pets needs to stay inside until it dries. Critics of this opinion feel that because herbicides are often waterproof that they continue to be harmful to pets even after they have dried.

There doesn’t seem to be any good research on long-term effects of pesticides and the harm they cause to pets, but we do know that cancer is the leading cause of death for dogs. There is ongoing research on what harm garden chemicals are capable of doing to pets.

Consider a few homemade options to keep those pests at bay:

  1. Garlic Bulbs – Planting them in your garden will help keep beetles and aphids away. Crush garlic and mix with water to create a spray for your leaves.
  2. Feverfew Flowers are mild insect repellents. They have a bitter aroma that scares pests away, leading them to believe there is nothing tasty in the area for them.
  3. Tansy Herbs – Plant them in your doorway to keep away ants, or hang them in a doorway to keep away flies.


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