Pet friendly weed killer

Asked November 29, 2016, 2:29 PM EST

How long should I keep my dog away from the yard after weed killer that contains

Lane County Oregon

1 Response

Thanks for your question about glyphosate safety concerns. In answer to your specific question, compliments of OSU:

"Dogs and cats may be exposed to herbicides by eating treated grass. Or, they may get herbicides on their fur by walking on lawns that were recently treated. To reduce the risk to your pets, do not allow them onto treated areas until the product has dried completely. If the product gets wet again within 1 or 2 days of applying it, wait until the treated area has dried again before letting your pet onto it. Wet paws can track herbicide residue into your home. Simply wipe your pet’s paws with a towel to reduce the amount of toxic residue they bring in. Then, be sure to wash the towel in a normal washer on a hot cycle."

Here's what the same sources says you need to watch out for: "Glyphosate and 2,4-D are two common herbicide chemicals. Glyphosate is the chemical in Roundup® that kills grasses and broadleaf weeds. Symptoms in pets that have been exposed to high amounts of glyphosate are weight loss, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, and salivation. Signs can appear within 30 minutes to 2 hours after taking in the chemical."

If you're interested in a more pet friendly approach to lawn care, you might be interested in these recommendations by The Humane Society in this link. Good luck!