Friday, July 25, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Grow for it! Pesticide poisoning in pets — part 2

By
From page B10 | March 14, 2012 |

HEIDI NAPIER

Last week, the Master Gardener article focused on insecticides that can be poisonous to pets. In this week’s article, the focus is on an additional group of pesticides that can also be toxic to pets. Master Gardeners continue to emphasize the minimal use of these products because they not only can be harmful to beneficial insects and wildlife, but may poison pets.

Always read and carefully follow all precautions and safety recommendations given on the container label, especially the fine print. Pesticides can cause serious problems when they aren’t used as directed; sometimes even when they are used as directed.

Take the time to know how to properly apply a pesticide, or decide upon an alternative, less toxic solution. The important part of the label is the fine print: the ingredients, the warnings on the back and the toll free number.

If your pest is poisoned, bring the label to your veterinarian and call the toll free number to get valuable information on toxicity and treatment.

Snail baits

Snail baits are very attractive to dogs. Some dogs like the taste so much that they will eat dirt that has bait mixed into it. Metaldehyde is very toxic. It causes violent muscle tremors and seizures. A newer snail/slug bait containing iron phosphate is available, and it is safe for pets. You must read the ingredient list to determine whether a bait has metaldehyde or iron phosphate. Beer is a popular snail bait that is also attractive to many dogs. It doesn’t poison them, but it seems a shame to waste beer on dogs.

Rodent baits

There are three types of rodent baits available: anticoagulants, bromethalin and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3). Save the label because all three are treated very differently. They are all very attractive to dogs.

Anticoagulants are the most common; the antidote is large doses of vitamin K. These anticoagulants take days or weeks to cause bleeding, and they last 2-5 weeks. They include brodifacoum, bromodiolone, diphacinone, indandione and warfarin. Warfarin is also known by the trade name Coumadin and is used in humans as a “blood thinner” for patients who are susceptible to blood clots, so it is a useful drug in the correct dose.

Bromethalin has no antidote. Brands include Jaguar, Rampage, Hawk, Gladiator, Hot Shot, Sudden Death, Mouse Killer, Vengeance, Assault and Trounce. The label may say “kills rats and mice with one dose.”

Cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) has no antidote. Some brands are Quintox, Rampage, Ortho Rat or Mouse B-Gone, True Grit and Hyperkil. Cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) is a necessary vitamin, but very toxic in large doses.

Plastic “bait boxes” will not keep any self-respecting dog with teeth from getting the bait. Even when used as directed, there are no guarantees that your dog will not find a way to gain access. Use the same kind of safeguards you would for a toddler.

University of California Integrated Pest Management practices provide non-toxic alternatives for the home garden that will keep pets safe. Refer to the IPM Pest note on the safe and effective use of pesticides in the home and landscape at
ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74126.html.

Remember, all pesticides are poisonous. Store all chemicals in the original labeled containers in a locked cabinet or shed, away from food or feeds, and out of the reach of children, unauthorized persons, pets and livestock.

To simplify information trade names of products have been used. No endorsement of named products is intended, nor is criticism implied of similar products which are not mentioned.

Join Master Gardeners Saturday, March 17 for Part 2 of Organic Gardening. This free three-hour class starts at 9 a.m. and is held in the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville.

The Master Gardener Plant Sale is on Saturday, April 28. There will be a great selection of annuals, perennials and vegetables, especially tomato seedlings. The sale is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be held in the Veterans Memorial Building parking lot.

Master Gardeners are available to answer home gardening questions Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, by calling 530-621-5512.

Comments

comments

.

News

District 2: Candidates debate jobs versus lifestyle

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Accident: 1 bullet hits 2

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1

 
 
Scaffolding issue makes for contentious meeting

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Help available for breastfeeding mothers

By Health and Human Services Agency | From Page: A3

 
El Dorado County School Board vacancy

By El Dorado County Office of Education | From Page: A8

 
.

Opinion

The weekly Daley: A good time to be there…

By Chris Daley | From Page: A4

 
Something to think about: More than what you see

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A4

Popular science

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

 
.

Letters

Watch whom you’re calling ‘conservative’

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

 
Fake ‘small farms’ steal from residential EID customers

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

People of Placerville

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
Computer scam phone calls

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Support of Director Prada

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
Uphold the Third Amendment

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Bureaucracy

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
Imagination Theater’s play

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

.

Sports

Quarter century later, Rypien wins ACCG again

By Andrew Hazard | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Outside with Charlie: Paddle time

By Charlie Ferris | From Page: A6

Midget Lites join tomorrow’s action

By Bill Sullivan | From Page: A6

 
El Dorado rallies for last-inning victory

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6

Sports Scene: July 24, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

 
Rush sit a win from Series

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A7

Tasmanian Devils go undefeated

By Patty Pope | From Page: A7

 
.

Prospecting

El Dorado wines win in Amador

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B1

 
Suds entice the taste buds

By Krysten Kellum | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Things to do: July 25, 2014

By Democrat Calendar | From Page: B2

 
Rhythm and Views goes bluesy

By | From Page: B3

Have an Hawaiian vacation at Carson Road wineries

By Carson Road Winery Asociation | From Page: B3Comments are off for this post | Gallery

 
Summer fun is happening in Twain Harte

By Fire On | From Page: B4Comments are off for this post

Manzanita doubles the music

By Table Nectar And Manzanita | From Page: B5

 
Recording artist at Busby Cellars

By News Release | From Page: B6

Hands4Hope hosts school supply drive

By News Release | From Page: B6

 
Supergroup plays Harris Center

By Carrera Productions | From Page: B6

Artists invited to go western

By Art On The Divide | From Page: B7

 
Visit Tahoe artists during tour

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: B7

Reggae on the River celebrates 30 years

By Reggae On | From Page: B7Comments are off for this post

 
.

Essentials

Building permits 7/7-11/2014

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

 
Lake levels 7-24-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

Crime Log: July 11-13

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

Wallace Murrel Thomas

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
.

Real Estate

How to have a garden party, minus the whining

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS3

 
Most common mistakes homebuyers make

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

.

Comics

Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A9

 
Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A9

Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A9

 
Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A9

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A9

 
Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A9

Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A9

 
Horoscope, Saturday, July 26, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Horoscope, Friday, July 25, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A10

 
New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Horoscope, Sunday, July 27, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A10

 
.

Home Source

How to have a garden party, minus the whining

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS3

Most common mistakes homebuyers make

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4