How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Kara Your Own Question
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara, Board Certified Veterinarian
Category: Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 16726
Experience:  Over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian.
Type Your Veterinary Question Here...
Dr. Kara is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My 47 pound dog just ate a little bit of granular fertilizer

This answer was rated:

My 47 pound dog just ate a little bit of granular fertilizer - probably about a quarter of a tablespoon. I had put it in a potted plant and caught him licking it. NutriStar fertilizer for flowering plants

Hello, I'm Dr. Kara. I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian and I'd like to help with your concerns about Jake getting into a little fertilizer.

Luckily none of the ingredients that are in this product are truly toxic to dogs. These are very typical ingredients in a fertilizer.

High levels of nitrogen, phosphoric acid and potash can be irritating to the gastrointestinal tract, causing vomiting and diarrhea, but no long term effects. Given that he ingested very little and he is a bigger fellow I suspect that Jake will have no symptoms whatsoever.

Make sure though to store the container of fertilizer where he cannot get to it however as dogs will be attracted to the odor and will eat it if given a chance. You can also put decorative rocks over the dirt in plants so he cannot get to the fertilizer.

Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.

Dr. Kara and 2 other Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you