Pesticides and Our Pets

There are an estimated 74.1 million cats, and approximately 70 million dogs living in homes in the United States. People keep domesticated animals for a variety of reasons; protection, company, or simply because they are cute and lovable. Companion animals play an integral role in our society, not only as pets but as working animals too.

Sophie and Bertie (left to right) do not work, but they are cute and lovable.

Sophie and Bertie (left to right) do not work, but they are cute and lovable.

Most owners care a great deal about their pets and want to keep them safe and healthy. One of the risks facing pet owners is something that they may not even be aware of. Nearly 80 million households in the U.S. use home and garden pesticides. Surprisingly, cosmetic lawn pesticides are used at ten times the amount per acre by homeowners than in agriculture.

Like children, pets are more vulnerable to pesticide exposure. This is because of their smaller size, and behavior patterns including hunting, sniffing, and eating grass or other plants. Risks include acute poisoning, cancer and more.

What can pet owners do to reduce these risks? First, using a natural approach to lawn care is best. Use traps for rodents instead of poison baits. These can poison our pets through direct contact and by secondary exposures which also effect wild predators like hawks, foxes and owls too. Keep any pesticides, even organic ones out of areas your pet may frequent. Make sure to read labels and follow directions on any flea and tick prevention, and choose the least toxic option available.

For more information, try these tips for safer lawn care and visit Beyond Pesticides for a fact sheet on alternatives and keeping pets safe.

The Truth About Cats, Dogs and Lawn Chemicals is a short film dedicated to this topic.

Help us here at Non-Toxic Dover, NH to make our public spaces safer for our pets, children and ourselves by signing the petition, and joining our facebook group.

About NonToxicDoverNH

Advocating for safe and healthy public spaces for Dover, New Hampshire residents.
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