Pet Info

Compost Toxicity in Dogs

Believe it or not, compost contains some pretty nasty toxins thanks to some of the bacteria and fungi that do a great job of breaking down the wastes.

Some of the by-products of whole process can affect the nervous system of greedy dogs looking to eat some of those freshly placed scraps.

Symptoms of Compost Toxicity

Treatment

This may involve making the dog vomit the compost using special drugs, or if too weak, a stomach pump being used.

IV fluids and sedation are required and the patient needs to be in a nice quiet room with no noise and/or bright lights.

Most dogs make a good recovery if treated early.

Prevention

Make sure your compost areas are safely fenced off from those greedy canine friends.

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