“Keep children and dogs away”

Fertilizers can contain various substances that can be very toxic to humans and animals. Fertilizers made from cocoa husks are particularly toxic to dogs, as are fertilizers enriched with castor bean pulp. Plant food in the form of NPK (nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium) pellets is also not without risks for humans and animals.

“It is therefore preferable to keep children and dogs away when working with fertilizers, and preferably until the product has penetrated the ground”, warns Professor Dominique Vandijck, Deputy Director General of the Anti-Poison Center. Fertilizers are also very tempting for dogs because they contain bone meal, which is also found in animal foods such as dog food.

The Poison Center received 191 calls for dogs in 2020, 206 in 2021 and already 51 in the first three months of the year.

The number of calls regarding fertilizers has increased significantly since the year 2020, reaching 354, or one third of the total number of calls. “Teleworkers spent more time in the garden and, due to the confinements, many people took a pet”, explains the Antipoison center. In 2021, the number of calls was about the same (348), but between January and the end of March 2022, there were already 82.

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