This time of year we’re seeing the lawn service trucks come back into neighborhoods to spray yards with weed killer and fertilizer as dormant lawns come to life in the warmer temperatures. That makes the yards look great but it can be dangerous for your pets. When you see the signs in a yard that say it’s been serviced, you know not to let your pet walk into that yard. But even by keeping your pet out of the grass, the weed killer can get on his paws. If it’s a windy day, the spray can get on sidewalks or the road, but even it’s not windy the spray can go where it’s not intended. If the pet gets fertilizer on its paws it will track in your house where it could be picked up by others. Your pet may lick its paws and ingest the poison.
There is something quite easy for you to do to prevent this. You can keep disinfectant wipes by your door and wipe off your pet’s paws before it goes back in the house. As part of your pet and family first aid plan you should have the local poison control center number readily available. In metro Atlanta call 404-616-9000. Here’s the link to the website.
Fetch! Pet Care of NW Atlanta provides in-home pet care and dog walking as well as cat care services in Roswell, East Cobb, Marietta and Woodstock, Georgia.