Schertz Animal Hospital’s Blog
How Pest Control Can Pester Your Pet: Spring Pest Control
Spring has almost sprung – and this is one time when many pet owners lavish lots of TLC on their gardens and lawns. Rodenticides, herbicides and mulch are on our minds, as are the pests that buzz and crawl about. But are the pesticides that exterminators and landscapers use really safe for our pets?
Schertz Animal Hospital takes a look at the precautions you should take to keep pest control from pestering your pet.
Spring Pest Control
Herbicides – these products are used to kill pesky weeds and grass in places it’s not supposed to grow, like driveway cracks. Herbicides can be used safely around pets, but the correct dilution of liquid products is important. Make sure granular products have been watered in and the lawn is dry before letting your pets on it. Drooling and vomiting are the most common signs of herbicide ingestion in pets. Please call us if your see these signs.
Insecticides – always read and follow directions on the packaging when using these products. If an exterminator has applied products in or around your home, ask about instructions for your pets, such as leaving them in for a specific amount of time or waiting until products have visibly dried. Common signs that your pet has gotten into insecticides include vomiting, diarrhea, and muscle tremors.
Snail and slug bait – one type of commonly used snail and slug bait contains a chemical called metaldehyde, which is extremely toxic to pets. This chemical (which many dogs find tasty) causes vomiting, diarrhea, seizures and death. If your pet eats this, please bring them to the emergency room immediately. The other form of snail bait contains iron and can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Rodenticides – many mouse and rat poisons have ingredients that can cause severe illness and even death in dogs and cats. What’s more, pets can get sick not only from ingesting the rodenticide, but also the animal that eats it. So if your cats hunt, beware of using rodenticides.
The signs of rodenticide poisoning in pets vary depending upon the type eaten and the length of time since the poison was ingested. Early signs include lethargy, pale gums, trouble breathing, and bloody diarrhea. If your pet has eaten these products, it’s absolutely an emergency. Bring them in right away, along with the packaging from the product they ate. Their treatment will depend upon the chemicals ingested, so it’s important to know exactly what they ate.
The safest option for pets is to not use rodenticides at all.
For spring pest control, keep these basic tips in mind:
- Let exterminators and landscapers know that you have pets, and ask that they use pet safe products. Ask for any precautions you should take to keep your pets safe.
- Get a schedule so that you can keep pets inside when they arrive and keep pets in until the area is deemed safe again.
- Obtain a receipt for the products they used, in case your pet falls ill.
- If you are a DIY gardener, follow all instructions for pest control exactly.
- Always store bags and bottles safely away from pets’ reach.
- Change the water in any bird baths or outdoor water bowls after products have been applied.
By paying attention and planning ahead, you can keep pest control this spring from pestering your pet. If you have any questions about your pet’s health, please give us a call. As always, we are here to help!
Awesome, caring, sympathetic and pets are Number One! — D.O
I LOVE Dr. Mossberg. He and the staff are Amazing and SOOO CARING! They are the BEST — M. Lerma
Dr. Mossburg is WONDERFUL! He is so patient! Answers all my questions. I don't feel rushed. He is just so awesome with our Sophie! — S. Cobarruvias
This is the only place I trust with my girl. They always take great care of my Yorkie. — A Byrd
We can't say enough about Schertz Animal Hospital. Dr. Rodriguez and the whole staff are wonderful and so caring. — P. Ring
This is a wonderful animal hospital. Will highly recommend them for anyone who loves and cares about their pets. — B. Lewis
Have taken our pets there for years. Dr. R. Is the best. We appreciate him and the rest of his hard working staff. — C. Yeary
These are our first pets and first ever Vet visit. We are very pleased with the attention, knowledge, and quality of care. Very pleased with our decision!. — J. Tibbetts
We love the care the staff provides, they are big enough to provide services without having to wait long for an appointment, but still make you feel like family. Love this place. — T. Ha
Took my cat in today on an emergency basis and they were so helpful and kind. They have done what they can for him. I have a dog too and this is the only place I will be taking her to. Best vet we have ever been too. — L. Hamilton
Exceptional customer service and great care of my Sammy! Dr. Rodriguez "Dr. R" is the BEST! — A. Garcia
We absolutely love Schertz Animal Hospital for our puppy! They are so caring and take good care of our Bella. — P. Willard
The entire staff is friendly to me and my Bradley. I feel that my Bradley is in good hands. — A. Cano
Love Schertz Animal Hospital. The staff are all friendly and helpful. Dr. Mossburg is thorough and caring. We have taken 3 of our rescues there. Most recently our 7 year old Rottweiler we rescued. They have always taken excellent care of them. — A. Peterson
Schertz Animal Hospital really cares about your pet. They know their stuff. They been in Schertz for many years. All the doctors really know how to relate to us as they are pet owners too. I highly recommend them for all your Veterinary needs. You won't be sorry. SAH thank you for taking such great care of my Service Dog. — K. Duchess
Schertz Animal Hospital is a group of some of the most selfless people. They have been so attentive and caring to my pups, literally dropping everything to care for their needs. I am blessed and ever so grateful to have this team a part of my little family's life. Alley and Noah looooove you all! Y'all are the bomb dot com! Keep on keepin' on ladies and gents! — A.H
Dr. Mossberg and his assistant, Terri, are outstanding! Rusty can be difficult and they are so patient and kind. My husband and I really appreciate that they go the extra mile! Thank you!!! — T. & M. Taylor
I am totally satisfied with the practices, procedures, and service currently in place and have no recommendation for improvement. — R. Schutte
The front staff are awesome and have great attitudes. Very friendly and approachable. — R. & D. Carter
This is the one place that I feel completely safe with taking my Jasmine too. All of you take good care of her. Thank you. — C. & J. Smith
I appreciate being able to walk in (I did call first) with no appt. The doctor was booked but he still took care of my pet. Kudos to Dr. Rodriguez!! — S. & C. Mag
You are doing everything super good!!! Keep it up!!!! — W. Williams
I have never had a vet office that treats its patients so well, and throughly explains all diagnosis and possible treatment. I have always bragged on this office and will continue to do so. — M. & N. Heller
Always professional, clean atmosphere. — J. Wilson
Love how Dr Rodriguez has a passion for what he does - it makes a huge difference! The staff is friendly and caring - thank you. — Anonymous
Very nice facility that is well kept up. Whenever one of my pets needs medical care,I know I can rely on Schertz Animal Hospital to provide excellent care. — D. & R. Lanier
Dr. Rodriguez and his staff are always pleasant, caring and I feel very confident in the care given to all of our pets! :) — M. & J. Hild