23 Sep Organic Fertiliser
With warmer weather on the way, many of us will once again be preparing our gardens for spring. During this time of the year, the Animal Poisons Helpline receives hundreds of calls regarding pets that have ingested organic fertiliser.
Organic fertilisers are typically made of different types of manures, blood, bone and other meals and as such are highly attractive to dogs. If dogs are allowed access to organic fertiliser packaging, it is not unusual for them to ingest very large quantities. Ingestion of organic fertilisers can result in severe gastroenteritis, possibly pancreatitis and gastrointestinal obstruction.
As you prepare your garden for the warmer months ahead, take a moment to consider your pets:
Never allow pets access to fertiliser containers or packaging. Keep in mind that dogs find organic fertilisers highly appetizing and will readily chew through packaging, so they need to be stored out of reach.
Apply fertiliser as per the manufacturer’s recommendations (do not use excessive amounts).
Water in fertiliser after application where possible – this is especially true for areas with chickens since they are very effective at picking up granules that have dropped to lower soil areas.
Avoid using organic fertiliser around spring bulbs (dogs will dig up the organic fertiliser and will often find these bulbs and eat them!).
If your pet has ingested something they should not have, you can phone the Animal Poisons Helpline on 1300 869 738 (AU) or 0800 869 738 (NZ) for advice. The Animal Poisons Helpline is a free service for all pet owners in Australia and New Zealand, and we can rapidly determine if your pet requires immediate veterinary assessment or can be observed at home.
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