Lawn Care and Your Pet

When you plan your spring weed control program, remember that weed control products may contain chemicals that prove toxic if ingested by pets.

For this reason, the Humane Society cautions the use of cocoa mulch that is made from cocoa bean shells that contain theobromine.  According to Wikipedia, “Theobromine is especially toxic to horses, dogs, parrots, voles, and cats because they are unable to metabolize the chemical effectively.”  So, remember to look carefully at lawn care ingredients and keep your pets safe.  Make sure your furry friends remain indoors or in a kennel area until it’s safe to walk on the grass.  If you think your pets have come in contact with any unsafe chemicals or observe any unusual behavior such as difficulty in breathing, seizures, vomiting, or diarrhea, consult your veterinarian immediately.