We love the summer (well….i do), the Green backyard and the color of our plants but we should not forget the hazards in out backyards.
Fertilizer – Although it feeds the plants, it can heart pet digestive.
You need to follow instructions and wait the appropriate period before letting your pet enjoy the outside again.
Insecticides – Same as the fertilizer it contains toxic materials. Always store pesticides in safe areas and read manufacturer’s label for correct use.
Poisonous Plants – There are lot of plants that are poison for pets, can cause liver failure or affect the heart. Before planting outdoor greens look for a list of all toxic plants to avoid or plant them out of reach.
Mulch –Chocolate is bad for pets!! It can cause vomiting, diarrhea and muscle tremors elevated heart rate, hyperactivity and even seizures. Using cocoa mulch (made of cocoa bean shells) has sweet smell that attracts dogs and depending on the amount digested it can heart dogs. Use other mulch (it’s still toxic but less then the cocoa mulch)
Compost – If you going Green and composting, keep in mind that some human foods are toxic for dogs and cats, like moldy food, chocolate, coffee and certain types of fruit and vegetables. Check the list of those foods and try to avoid them.
Lime Disease – Some areas are more exposed to ticks that cause Lime dieses. As always, keep your pet up to date with all vaccines. Consult your vet regarding the Lime disease vaccine.
Id Tag – Keep id tag with your phone number on your pet at all times. You never know when he’ll decides on going for a walk alone.
The doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. The dogs loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog (Calypso) decided the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn’t acting lethargic in any way. The next day, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morningwalk. Half way through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly.
Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company’s web site, this product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats.
Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by Hershey’s, and they claim that “It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog). However, 98% of all dogs won’t eat it.”
Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot, Foreman’s Garden Supply and other Garden supply stores contains a lethal ingredient called ‘Theobromine’. It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks.
Theobromine is in all chocolate, especially dark or baker’s chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.
Please note: You should investigate more regarding this product. This article is based on information i received via email. Regarding the theobromine that is mentioned in this article – the ASPCA confirms that cocoa beans can hurt dogs.