Please take care using pesticides to avoid any toxicities to your pet. This time of year we see an increase in cases of rodenticides poisoning and snail bait.
Rodenticides take several days to affect your pet’s blood clotting whereas snail bait (Defender – metaldehyde – green colour and Baysol – carbamate – blue colour) will have very rapid effects on your pet with common signs of salivation, urination, diarrhoea and fitting. If you have any concerns about potential access of your pet to these toxins please contact us immediately.
Alternative measures like rat traps instead of the rat poison are the best option. If rodenticides blocks need to be used, we advise having them secured by using the hole in the middle of the block attached to some wire inside an off-cut of PVC piping or to a post so the rats cannot move them to your yard and take care to avoid possums.
The supposedly pet friendly Multiguard Iron EDTA snail bait can also be harmful to your pet. Alternative natural remedies for snails and slugs include used ground coffee granules around your vegetable patch.
Contrary to some beliefs, a green thumb can co-exist with our beloved pets, which Nellie and the flower garden can attest to.