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I was told to spread sulfur granules on my yard to ...

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I was told to spread sulfur granules on my yard to help with insects and fleas. The granules aren''t disolving even after watering. Will it hurt my dog if if she eats some? She tends to eat something first and ask question later.
Hello,

If your dog ate only a few, there probably wouldn't be any danger. Sulfur toxicity hasn't been studied specifically in dogs, but sulfur in larger doses can cause some problems in a number of species, so it's likely to be the same in dogs. It can irritate the digestive system, causing diarrhea and vomiting. It can act as a carcinogen in the colon, and can cause brain lesions. Just inhaling it can cause coughing and sore throat, and it is an eye irritant. It can also cause skin irritation on contact. If you're interested in reading more, here are some links:

http://pesticideinfo.org/Detail_Chemical.jsp?Rec_Id=PC34501

http://cvmweb2.cvm.iastate.edu/departments/VDPAM/default.aspx?id=2070

http://www.sugarindia.com/toxicity.htm

It would be best if you can find a way to clean up the sulfur since it won't dissolve. If your yard isn't too big, perhaps you could use a shop vac. If you have more questions, just let me know by clicking on REPLY.

Anna

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thank you anna,
My yard is very large. I will have to watch them very close when they go outside to potty. I was going to check the web for information before spreading but my husband was outside spreading them while I was on the computer and didn't know it. They don't seem to want to go potty anywhere else. Not even the front yard. Too many distractions and of course the fireworks popping in the neighborhood do not help. Today all three of my dogs (little dogs) broke out in a red rash. I found fleas all over them. I went to the vet to get a flea pill for them but they were closed for the 4th. All the vets were closed!!!! They are miserable. The benadryle is not helping them.
Thank you for your answer. I appreciate it very much.
You're welcome. I hope you don't have too much trouble keeping the dogs away.

Anna