It’s the time of year that folks are using fertilizers to enhance their gardens. Many of them contain fillers such as corn cobs, and bone and fish meal. Dogs and other pets may be tempted to tear open these bags and then eat the contents. This can be quite dangerous. GI upset is the most common symptom, but others can occur as well such as muscle stiffness or soreness.
If the quantity is too large, food boat or GDV are both concerns. Also, if the product is moldy and tremorgenic mycotoxins exist, your pet may experience tremors and seizures.
As you can see, it’s important that you keep fertilizers in sealed containers away from access to your four-legged family members. In addition, make sure preparations in flower beds and landscaping are dry before you let them out to play. Two hours is the general recommendation to allow complete drying and thus greater safety for your pets.