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There are many different kinds of fertilizer that have different components and make ups.  It is difficult to explain each one but we can discuss the general idea.  There are three separate dangers to fertilizers.  First, each fertilizer will contain nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.  Each of these can be dangerous in elevated amounts.  Fertilizer also contains heavy metals, such as boron, copper, iron, manganese, and zinc.  Each of these can cause poisoning in dogs.  Fertilizers also can have pesticides in them which can also poison a dog.  If all of these weren’t enough, the fertilizer can form into a ball in the stomach, resulting in obstructions in the intestines.  Usually, the dog cannot ingest enough to be fatal but can still harm the animal.  Symptoms can include:

  • Drooling
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Muddy Colored Gums