Fertilization & Pet Safety

It looks like we have one more major snow storm heading our way and then we are hoping for easy riding after that. Anyway, this article is not about the snow storm but instead about fertilizer & pet safety. A frequent questions I get from customers is ‘what about my dog?’, and it’s a question I take very seriously. When it comes to pets, there are precautions that should be taken:

Granular fertilizer taste like a salt lick!

If your dog, cat or other animal tends to be a grass eater, the chances of them munching on the fertilizer is probably high.  Nitrogen is salty and your pet may go in search of it once they figure that out – If your pet eats too much nitrogen, they will get an upset stomach. There are a couple of things that we can do if you are concerned your pet may try to eat the fertilizer:

  • Place a “contact ahead” note on your account. This can be in the form of a call ahead, text ahead, or email ahead; that way you know when we are coming out.
  • You can water the lawn (in the areas your pet may be active) for a brief period after we have been out. This will start the break up process of the granular fertilizer and start moving it through the soil line.
  • Request not to have granular fertilizer in specific areas or on specific days.

If your pet eats too much fertilizer:

They may get an upset stomach, become lethargic, vomit or have diarrhea. Promote your pet to eat some pet food and drink water. This will help move the fertilizer through the system.

I have worked at Grounds Services, Inc. for nearly 10 years and have not had a customer call with the most extreme case of a pet vomiting or having diarrhea from consuming too much fertilizer – so I imagine it is a rare occurrence; however it is possible.


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