Did you know that many pesticides, fertilizers, and other lawn maintenance products are actually harmful to most animals due to the chemicals that are in them? That is why you need to be careful about the products you use if you own dogs, cats, or any other pets.
Effects of Using Toxic Products Near Animals
The effects of toxic products on animals can vary quite a bit, depending on the chemicals in question. Generally, animals that are exposed to them may have symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, seizures, and so on.
On top of that, long-term exposure to lawn chemicals has been linked to lymphoma and bladder cancer in pets as well.
It should be noted pets can be exposed to lawn chemicals even without actually coming in contact with the lawn itself. Pet owners often end up carrying chemicals on their shoes and clothes, and spread them indoors and onto other surfaces.
Animal-Friendly Lawn Care Products to Try at Home
If you want to make sure that your pets aren’t exposed to toxic chemicals, you need to be careful about the products that you use. The good news is that there are several animal-friendly lawn care products that you can try out:
- Use a homemade composting system instead of buying fertilizer from a store. It is by far the safest way to fertilize plants, and at the same time, you’ll also be able to reduce your waste.
- Look for pet-friendly weed killers such as Natural Armor Weed & Grass Killer, EcoClean Solutions 30% Pure Vinegar, and Espoma Organic Weed Preventer. These weed killers don’t have chemicals that are harmful to animals.
- Try flea and tick sprays made from natural ingredients such as Dr. GreenPet All Natural Flea and Tick Prevention
You should try to steer clear of lawn care products that contain chemicals and opt for more ‘natural’ options instead. Unfortunately, that isn’t always possible, and if you find it is unavoidable to use products with chemicals – be sure to do your homework and research them to check whether they’ll affect your pets.
If you engage a professional lawn care service, you should be sure to ask them about the products they use too. Waggoner Home Services goes out of its way to ensure that no chemicals are used if pets are around. All you need to do is get in touch with us and let us know that your home has pets. Once you do, we’ll take care of the rest for you – and make sure that animal-safe products are used only when necessary.