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Pet Owners: Send Pesticides Packing

Follow These Six Tips To Protect Your Furry Friends

Most dogs love a carpet of thick, green grass. They run around, roll, dig a hole, and stick their noses in it. However, unlike humans, who launder their clothes and bathe regularly, dogs do not change their fur or footpads every day. Whatever collects on their feet and fur outdoors stays until their next bath. That includes pesticides that are bound to make their way onto your carpeting, rugs, furniture, and pet bedding.

Anyone who golfs or even lives near a golf course is likely to be tracking in pesticides at an alarming rate without even realizing it. A doormat can help to wipe dirt away, but there is no scientific evidence that it can remove pesticides from exposed shoes.

A recently published study conducted over a six-year period by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University showed that exposure to lawn pesticides, specifically those applied by professional lawn care companies, raises the risk of canine malignant lymphoma—a progressive, fatal disease—by as much as 70 percent. Another study, published in Science of the Total Environment, indicates that exposure to herbicide-treated lawns has been associated with significantly higher bladder cancer risk in dogs.

These chemicals are commonly detected in grass residues from both treated lawns and untreated lawns. It is clear that chemical drift occurs, which means your dog could be at risk from pesticides that blow into your yard from a nearby property.

How can you protect your pets? The team at RevitaRUGS, an organic, kid- and pet-friendly rug-cleaning company with offices in New York and New Jersey, offers these six important tips:

1. Don’t apply pesticides or herbicides to your yard. Minimize the grass area and consider planting a groundcover appropriate for your climate. Become an advocate in your neighborhood for a pesticide-free environment; after all, what they use affects you, too.

2. Avoid lawn care and other gardening products that contain insect growth regulators (IGRs). Also, be aware that the chemical pyriproxyfen, an IGR, is used in certain flea and tick spot-on treatments.

3. Give any pet exposed to chemically treated grass a foot soak and bath as soon as possible.

4. If you live in a community that uses pesticides, stay on the sidewalks and keep your pet on a leash.

5. Keep your pet’s immune system healthy and strong to help fight off parasites as well as diseases. Bathe and brush your pet regularly and perform frequent full-body inspections to check for parasite activity.

6. Ensure that your indoor and outdoor environments are unfriendly to pests. Wash doormats, carpets, and area rugs on a regular basis. Carpets and rugs act like an air filter and collect all types of pollutants.

revitaRUGS provides high-quality area rug and Persian carpet cleaning and restoration services using organic rug-cleaning technology that is safer for homes.


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10 Horizon Blvd.
South Hackensack, NJ 07606

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New York:  212-221-1867
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