When I started with the garden earlier this spring, I decided I wanted to have an organic garden. I have really been trying to get all the chemicals out of our house and our lives as much as I can. I am hoping this will help my Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia and also help my daughter who has sensory and behavioral issues. The first thing that I noticed is that my dogs are crazy about anything that I have in the garage that is organic. I have had to put all my organic supplies up high where the dogs can’t get to it after the chocolate lab tore a whole in my organic fertilizer and went to town. They have even gone after the bone meal bag.
In researching why the dogs are obsessed with my organic gardening supplies, I discovered that some of the same ingredients in organic fertilizer is the same as the ingredients in their food. However, just because it’s organic doesn’t mean it is always safe. You really have to read the labels and be sure there is nothing in the product that is toxic to dogs. One product, Espoma, has cocoa powder. This can be toxic to dogs if they were to get in to it.
My main garden has a 2 1/2 foot high fence around it to keep the dogs out. My original intent was to keep the lab from digging my garden up. He LOVES to dig. Now it has another purpose which is to keep the dogs from eating the organic fertilizer, bone meal, and other products I’m using. It will keep them safe. I am not able to use much on my fruit trees because I tried one time, even though I put it beneath the mulch, they just moved the mulch out of the way and went to town. I will have to create a solution so that I can fertilize and take care of my fruit trees in the back without the dogs getting in to something that could harm them.
If your dog does get in to your organic fertilizer or organic garden supplies, read the label and make sure there is nothing toxic in the product. Contact your Vet to make sure that you don’t need to induce vomiting or bring your dog in immediately.