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Pet Safety: What to Avoid in Spring Lawn Products

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With spring officially here (although the last few days haven’t felt like it!), lawn and garden enthusiasts can finally see their green grass starting to come back.

Some of you may be looking outside and thinking, Wait, this grass isn’t green enough! and also may be thinking about purchasing some lawn care products. But hold that thought…. Do you own a pet? If so, please continue reading!
Spring lawn and garden products contain many different chemicals in them, some of which can be dangerous or even fatal to your beloved pet.
Here is a list of what to watch for and avoid when buying lawn-care products:

  • Theobromine: This is a methylxanthine compound, and its chemical properties are very similar to those of caffeine, which is very toxic to dogs and potentially other pets.
  • 2,4-D: This is a chemical found in some lawn herbicides that has been linked to bladder cancer and lymphoma in dogs. According to a 1991 study by the National Cancer Institute, “dogs were two times more likely to develop lymphoma if their owners sprayed or sprinkled 2,4-D herbicide on their lawn four or more times a year.” 
  • Disulfoton: This can be found in insecticides and also some rose-protection products. This product is extremely toxic to dogs and can cause problems such as seizures, vomiting, diarrhea and potentially even death.


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