How to protect your pets from harmful chemicals

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) There are many chemicals used in and around homes that may not be safe for your furry friends.

We're starting to feel some of that Spring-time weather, and it won't be long before we start caring for our lawns.

Eyewitness News talked with Dr. Kelly Razek with the Chisholm Trail Animal Hospital who says when you're dealing with fertilizers, the majority of them are actually safe for pets.

"If you put the fertilizer on your grass and give it plenty of time to dry, we worry very little about fertilizer getting on their skin or dogs ingesting it. When fertilizers become a problem is when dogs come in contact with it while it's freshly applied or they come in contact with a big bag of fertilizer," says Kelly.

If you're going to fertilize your lawn, Doctor Kelly suggests doing it when you won't have your pets outside for awhile. Then when you're done, make sure you put the fertilizer bag in a safe spot where your pet can't get to it.

Some other things you might use on your lawn can be dangerous too.

The Humane Society of the United States says watch out for Cocoa Mulch, the scent is appetizing to some animals but can be deadly if pets ingest it. If your dog or cat does get into something, call your vet as soon as possible, especially with something toxic like fertilizers.

"Depending on how quickly we see them. If they just ingested it we might try to induce vomiting and get that toxin out of their system."

Doctor Kelly says while fertilizers may not be deadly, some pesticides are. If you're in your yard killing weeds, make sure you use something that is labeled pet friendly or just call the company and ask if it's safe to use.

More hazards to watch out for are glue traps, live traps, and poisons that are used to kill rodents in your home. Those chemicals can be deadly to your pet.

Both dogs and cats can be poisoned if they eat the bait or if they eat a rodent that has been in contact with it.

Doctor Kelly recommends live traps if you have a rodent problem. You can also find some rat products that are safe to use around pets.

You should also use insect control products that are safe for pets. Make sure you let your exterminator know that you need a pet-friendly spray.

"One of the biggest ones with pesticides being a rat bate or mouse bate. Really I encourage people to stay away from those in your home if you have a pet because they can be so incredibly deadly and toxic."

The Humane Society suggests having a pet first-aid kit in your home to help in case of emergency situations. That kit should include your pet's medical information, vets number and the number to the nearest 24-hour pet hospital.

You can also call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center hotline at 888-426-4435. For $65 a case, it's 24 hours a day, and open seven days a week .

For more information visit: Kansas Humane Website