Love to Garden? Keep It Safe For Your Pets!
Did you know that hundreds of dogs and cats are poisoned each year by residential pesticide and fertilizer use? Most fertilizers and pesticides include specific language that neither you nor your pet should enter a treated area for 24-72 hours after an application. In 2003, we surveyed veterinarians in the Houston and surrounding areas to ascertain the commonality of lethal and non-lethal reactions from chemical fertilizer and pesticide use.
Having firsthand knowledge of a pesticide fatality, I was not surprised with our findings. 87% of our survey respondents noted a client’s pet had an adverse reaction to a chemical fertilizer or pesticide. 147 veterinarians reported 55 fatalities and 626 non-lethal cases last year.
An average non-lethal reaction could be: a paw / pad / foot disease, hair loss, or vomiting - with the average cost of treatment between $218 – 381.00. Thirty-nine percent of our respondents claimed an ingredient in chemical fertilizers as the cause of the reaction.
As a landscape architect, I had been using various organic products on the market for my clients, but we still relied on chemical spot treatments. I started to look for a pet safe alternative within the existing fertilizers on the market. There really weren’t any.
With the assistance of my veterinarian, we augmented fertilizer contents of various existing organic products to create a pet safe product that would perform beautifully in high profile landscapes. The result became the basis for the Pet FriendlyTM Fertilizer system.
Pet Friendly TM Fertilizers are landscape fertilizers that are safe for pets, children, and the environment. We have been using our custom concoctions in our clients’ landscapes for over nine years. Clients using these fertilizers, on a monthly basis, do not need any chemical applications or pesticides. To view landscapes utilizing the Pet Friendly TM Fertilizer system visit www.landscapehouston.com.
As my “side project” started to get more attention, we realized that there was a market for landscape fertilizers that are safe for pets. Our retail division was started in May of 2003. In December of 2003, we were honored to donate our services to The Houston SPCA where the Pet Friendly TM system is used to treat the dog run areas and beautify their landscape.
As part of our commitment to make the world safer for our pets, we encourage veterinarians to offer any thoughts or suggestions that might help us further improve our products.
For more information about Pet FriendlyTM Fertilizer or to purchase our products, visit www.petfriendlyfertilizer.com
Article by Ms. Appel, a registered landscape architect (#1930) and parent to three rescued dogs.