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What is Fertilizers Poisoning?

When our canine family members come in contact with fertilizer products, the effects can range from mild to severe. Depending on the length of time of contact and how the fertilizer poisoning occurred, complications may include oral burns and stomach irritation. The accidental ingestion of fertilizer by your dog means that he has eaten a product that can possibly contain harmful substances (herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides) in addition to the compounds (phosphorous, iron, nitrogen) which are toxic when consumed in large amounts. In addition to vomiting and breathing difficulties, fertilizers can cause ulceration in the gastrointestinal tract and burns on the skin. If you suspect that your dog has eaten fertilizer, or of you have recently used the product in your garden and he is acting ill, a visit to the clinic is warranted without delay.

Fertilizers used in our gardens to enhance the beauty and growth of our plants can be very toxic to our pets when ingested or exposed to the skin and mucus membranes. Quite often, the fertilizers that we use are mixed with substances that are more harmful than the fertilizers themselves. In fact, the ingestion of some products can be fatal.

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Symptoms of Fertilizers Poisoning in Dogs

A case of mild exposure to fertilizer can result in burns on the pads of the feet (if your pet walked through or rolled in your fertilizer application) or irritation to the mouth or eyes. Serious complications can become evident if your pet has ingested a large amount. Some pets find fertilizer to be palatable or may eat the product simply because of their curious nature.

  • Dermal effects can be ulcerations and redness on the skin
  • Ocular signs can be tearing and redness of the eyes which should be investigated further
  • Without the addition of herbicides and pesticides, poisoning may cause gastrointestinal upset
  • Vomiting may occur
  • Diarrhea is common
  • Lethargy may be apparent
  • There could be abdominal pain

When there are pesticides and herbicides in the fertilizer the effects can be very serious. For example, if iron is present, in addition to bloody diarrhea there can be liver damage, kidney damage, and heart problems. Additional signs of distress due to fertilizer poisoning containing pesticides and herbicides can include:

  • Salivation
  • Fever
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Urination
  • Defecation
  • Lack of coordination
  • Anxiety
  • Tremors
  • Blue or brown mucus membranes
  • Seizures
  • Death

Types

Fertilizer typically comes in three forms which are solid, liquid, and granular.

Causes of Fertilizers Poisoning in Dogs

A dog can be exposed to fertilizer by simply walking across a lawn that has been treated. Some fertilizer residues can stay in toxic form for days to weeks. Aside from the accidental ingestion of a product that the pet finds palatable, chewing on treated grass or licking the fur and feet after a dermal exposure can cause poisonous effects. Some of the additives that may be present in fertilizer are:

  • Iron
  • Disulfoton (responsible for seizures and pancreatitis)
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Phosphorous
  • Ammonium (irritates skin and lungs)
  • Sodium
  • Calcium
  • Potassium

Diagnosis of Fertilizers Poisoning in Dogs

If you suspect that your pet has come in contact with fertilizer bring him to the veterinarian to determine the level of toxicosis. In the case of a basic fertilizer, the symptoms are mostly gastrointestinal and often will resolve within a day or two. It’s best to have your pet checked and be sure to bring along the container or product leaflet so the veterinarian can verify the ingredients of the product.

If the fertilizer contains herbicides, fungicides, or pesticides the situation may become more urgent because the toxic effects of fertilizer containing these additives are much harsher. The veterinarian will base the diagnosis on clinical signs (vomiting, dermal ulcers) and may want to do additional urinalysis and blood testing (to check toxicity levels or to look for signs of secondary illness like pancreatitis), depending on the type of fertilizer. For example:

  • Rose fertilizer can contain disulfoton which can be fatal to canines
  • Blood meal can have toxic levels of iron
  • Bone meal can cause cement-like obstructions
  • Fertilizers containing pesticides made with organophosphates can lead to CNS symptoms, seizures, and death

Treatment of Fertilizers Poisoning in Dogs

Treatment will vary depending on factors such as the type of fertilizer exposure or ingestion, how much of the product was eaten, and how long the fertilizer was on the skin. Treatment for fertilizer poisoning in the case of additional herbicides and pesticides will vary due to the product. Many cases of fertilizer poisoning involve hospitalization, particularly if the poisoning is extensive.

The main therapy involves supportive means to stabilize your dog and control his breathing and heart rate. Other treatment steps could include medication to increase urine output and bowel movements, gastroprotectants for stomach issues, poison absorbents, and topical medicines for skin irritation.

Recovery of Fertilizers Poisoning in Dogs

Canine patients can recover quite well from a fertilizer poisoning; if the effects and secondary complications were extensive more recovery time may be needed. Dogs who have consumed a small amount of fertilizer will most often be back to normal in a day or two but pets who have ingested significant amounts of a fertilizer such as blood meal or rose bush fertilizer where there could be iron, organophosphate, copper, or ammonium for instance, the recovery will be longer. In the future, especially if your dog has a palatability for fertilizer or a curious nature, be certain to store all garden and household products out of reach. Do not allow your pet on the lawn after treatment until all traces of any gardening product are gone. Always keep the original packaging on hand in case of accidental exposure.

Fertilizers Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Hunter
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

I just used Trugreen for the first time. They sprayed fertilizer, preemergent crabgrass control and broadleaf weed control on my lawn at noon and told me to wait 90 min before letting the dog out. At 1pm my houseguest opened the door and my 10 year old yellow lab, 90 pounds, accidentally got out. I screamed and got him inside, although he was licking his paws a lot. I washed off his paws immediately w a little soap and water. I called Trugreen cust service and they said it was probably almost dry out there and if he liked some of it, all that might happen is a little stomach distress. I then googled the situation and after reading others posts, a little scared. What do you think? Should I be worried?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I had a quick check of TruGreen’s website but couldn’t find any specific information, they would (should) know what they are talking about when it comes to their products but without more information on chemicals I cannot give you much guidance. It is good that you thoroughly bathed Hunter immediately and prevented him from licking at his paws. Monitor for now, but any doubts you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.trugreen.com

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Mojito
Havanese
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

Our lawn was recently treated with a fertilizer however they didn't mention anything about being harmful for dogs to be on the safe side I didn't let my dog out there however when i was gone for a few hours my mom did. My dog has vomited about 3 tines in the last 45 minutes which is concerning me because he doesn't really puke often.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Mojito may be vomiting as a result of exposure to the fertilizer, or it may be unrelated. If he continues to vomit over the next hour or two, it would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian to make sure that he is okay, and get any treatment for him that may be needed. I hope that he is okay.

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Weston
Labrador
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Gagging
Dry Heaving
Wheezing

My apartment community sent out an email saying they were spreading fertilizer on all grass areas around our community on Friday. They asked that people and pets avoid the grassy areas for 24 hours. Today is Sunday, and I brought my 6 month old lab out to use the bathroom this morning and tried to walk him along the edge to avoid the grass. Minutes later he starts wheezing/ heaving. I brought him inside and gave him water. This afternoon I took him out for a walk and this time we avoided anywhere near the grassy areas and even just walking on the pavement he began wheezing and heaving. Now (11pm) he is dry heaving and really trying to vomit but nothing will come up. Besides this his actions are normal but I don’t know what to do. The fertilizer looks like small yellowish-orange beads.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should speak with your housing complex to get the name of the product used and you should take Weston to your Veterinarian or Emergency Veterinarian immediately for an examination. From your description of the beads I cannot determine which type they are, but take a photo of them and take it with you to your Veterinarian. You can also try calling the Pet Poison Helpline for assistance as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/fertilizers/

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Myia
Boxer
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

nothing

I just took my dog for a walk around a elementary school and I noticed that there was a hole dug in the ground so being a curious person with just as curious of a dog lol .. we went over checked out the hole and of course she did her thing of sniffing. Thats when i noticed around the hole there was this stuff that at first I thought was deer feed. My next thought was omg that looks like fertiler. So i wiped all around her face and nose with my mitten and then took acouple handfuls of snow and rubbed it around her face. When I got home I took a wet cloth and washed around her nose, lips and gums. I dont think she ate any of it but I still wanted to get reassurance that she is going to be alright. Just peace of mind.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Myia did not actually eat any of the fertilizer, and you were able to wipe any residue off of her face quickly, she should be okay. It would be a good idea to monitor her closely over the next few days for signs of vomiting, diarrhea, inappetance or lethargy, and have her seen by your veterinarian if she is showing any of those signs. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Chato
Black lab/ chow
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Throwing up

My black lab/ chow had eaten fruit tree fertilizer and it was quite a bit. He is now throwing up and seems to be very weak. The fertilizer has been in his system for about 3-4 days. What to do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what kind of fertilizer Chato ate, but if he is vomiting after eating it, 3-4 days later, he should see a veterinarian immediately. He may be suffering from organ damage and may need supportive care. They will be able to test his blood values and see if he is in trouble, or if he is having another related GI issue. I would not wait any longer to take him into a veterinarian.

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Chato
Black Lab
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Throwing up

My dog ate fruit tree fertilizer and now he has been throwing up. He has had it in his system for about 3-4 days. Will he survive? He is also part chow not just lab.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what kind of fertilizer Chato ate, but if he is vomiting after eating it, 3-4 days later, he should see a veterinarian immediately. He may be suffering from organ damage and may need supportive care. THey will be able to test his blood values and see if he is in trouble, or if he is having another related GI issue.

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Nny
Blue Lacy
7 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My 7 week puppy was exposed to lawn fertilizer. She has swollen paws,ears,and sores around face. She is losing hair Could the fertilizer have caused these symptoms ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different types of lawn fertiliser which may cause a variety of reactions; if Nny walked through the fertiliser and then scratched her face (ears etc…) the fertiliser may have been put on to the face. You should contact the manufacturer of the product (since different products have different effects) and you should call your Veterinarian; bathing may help but again depends on the actual product. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ava
Teacup Yorkie
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting, watery stool

Fertilized yard and before could water in she was eating grass yesterday. She has vomited a few times small amounts. Very watery stool recently. She is still drinking water and eating. She feels a little warm to me too.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should take Ava to an Emergency Veterinarian and take the packaging with you, there are many different types of fertiliser and they have different effects on the body. You can also try calling the Pet Poison Helpline for assistance too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com

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Bailey
Siberian Husky
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Lethargy
lack of appetite

My dog ate soil containing Jackson & Perkins granuals, approximately 1-2 tablespoons. Now showing signs of lethargy, will not eat favorite homemade treats and is vomiting.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different products produced by Jackson & Perkins and they all have the potential for severe poisoning; I don’t know which specific product was consumed or exactly how much but you should visit an Emergency Veterinarian or call the Pet Poison Helpline immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/fertilizers/ www.jacksonandperkins.com/fertilizer/c/JP-Fertilizer-Plant-Care/pgsize/all/

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Layni
Maltese
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Stomach discomfort

My dog got a little bit of the white granular fertilizer (rock salt looking) on her nose and then licked her nose. I don’t think there could have been more than 2 or 3 little granuals but now 7 hours later it appears she is showing stomach discomfort. How worried should I be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Fertilisers can be highly toxic to animals even in small amounts and may cause gastrointestinal symptoms in best case scenarios or severe symptoms including death in worse cases. There are different types of fertilisers with different chemicals and concentrations, you should contact the customer service number on the packaging/container or call the Pet Poison Helpline as any treatment or management is dependent on the chemicals used. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/fertilizers/

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Dane
Labrador
2 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Lethargy
Vomiting

Hello, I have a 2-month-old labrador named Dane. Last 2 days, she inhaled maybe calcium nitrate or potassium nitrate spray for mangoes to make it in bloom. After that day, she lost her energy to play, sleeps a lot, drinks a lot and eats a little. Also, she vomits everywhere she goes and she poos everywhere. Actually, her poo has lots of water. Hours before her inhaling the spray, she poos with some intestinal worms. Please help me cause we think she's gonna die... Please help us. I live in the Philippines.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be best for Dane to receive veterinary attention; I know that veterinary care outside population centers (Manilla, Cebu City etc…) in the Philippines can be non-existent but find a link below to some information on poisoning with nitrates and nitrites; it is directed towards cattle but covers all species. Once she is stable you should administer an anthelmintic. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/toxicology/nitrate-and-nitrite-poisoning/overview-of-nitrate-and-nitrite-poisoning

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Boo
Beagle
12 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

My 12 month old beagle dug small pellets up in our friends garden and ate them. They were Yates organic lifter pellets, we don’t know how many he ate before we saw him. He is lethargic but has not vomitted. Does he need to go to a vet? What precautions can we take to avoid sickness?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I am not familiar with Yates products as they are only available down under, but seem to be comprised of chicken manure, bone and blood meal principally which is no surprise that dogs find it appetising. Yates do offer a 24 hour emergency number 1800 033 111 (Australia) or 0800 243 622 (New Zealand) which I would recommend calling for product specific advice; but if in doubt visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/bone-meal-and-blood-meal-fertilizers-poisoning www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/bone-meal/

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Shih Tzu
3 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

I think my 3 month old shih tzu was exposed to fertilizer and he is lethargic. He drinks enough, eats just a little, poops and pees and wants to sleep a lot. What should I do? Should I take him to a vet?


Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you suspect that your pup was exposed to fertilizer, it would be best to visit your Veterinarian, especially if you are seeing these symptoms. There are many different types of fertilizer, some are very toxic and others not so much; if you have the packaging or any information it would help your Veterinarian. Also, the Pet Poison Helpline would probably be able to help you as well, but they will most likely refer you to your Veterinarian or Emergency Clinic. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/fertilizers/

My dog which is a french mastiff ate a big amount of fertilizer and now he feels super tired and doesn't want to move much his breathing is fine and everything else what do I do? Besides using up 600$ for a treatment

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Bruno
Shitzu / maltize
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

He has red paws, mouth ,and around eyes

We Have a shitzu/ maltize 11 yrs old moved to a different environment where the association keeps the lawn care, he is getting red paw red around the eyes and mouth it's getting worse. removed from the invironment for 12 days he was getting better. What to do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In a case like Bruno’s, it seems that there are two main options, removal of the fertiliser from his environment (I know that your HOA deals with that) or remove Bruno from the area. Managing of the symptoms of this level of irritation isn’t advisable long term when it is a preventable condition (unlike allergies to plants or trees), especially in an older dog like Bruno. I don’t know if it is worth a shot speaking with your HOA explaining the situation of Bruno and that it may affect other animals including wildlife etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

 

My dogs a french mastiff and he ate alot of fertilizer and now he feels super tired and looks like he barley wants to move but his breathing Is just fine what do I do?

Hi, i have a labrador and is 6 months and was poisoned with fertilizer. We took him to the vet and was discharged after 2 days. Prescription was given for his nausea and for his stomach that was caustic. However he seems weak which is normal, my problem is that he isn't eating hardly anything. Any suggestions?

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