I was wondering if anyone has tried one of those grass-saving tablets/treats/etc.and had any results?
Um, I'm going to assume you would be recommending a chemical free, green fertilizer? Because otherwise you are poisoning your dogs, yourself and all the legged and winged critters who visit your backyard. Plus the rest of your neighborhood too since they carry it with them and since the fertilizer runs off when it rains.Originally Posted By: ozzymamaIn this case, you don't have to treat the dog, you treat the lawn. Water washes away alot of the nitrogen which (excess nitrogen) causes the yellow spots. When you fertilize, look for a higher concentrate of phosphate, the second number in fertilizer. This is also the fertilizer one would use with blooming plants. You want to treat specifically to the spots. If you treat your whole lawn, look for a fertilizer whose first two numbers are close, the fertilizer particle does not obey the common periodic table equations, often there exists a catalyst which permits phoshate to bond better and at a higher amount to nitrogen. Think, as they have the molecule on the bag, the phosphate and nitrogen should be close, the potash lower.
Don't give your dogs anything with treatments in them if not necessary........ Especially when fertilizer and watercan do the trick!! If you are really worried, have the ground aerated, overseed, then fertilize, but watch the first two numbers, nitrogen is necessary for green plants like grass, but too much - as exists in dog urine can kill it, therefore supplementing your lawn with (specific spots) phosphate should stave off unsightly yellow spots.
I've never agreed with using this type of pill just to keep a lawn green, and after reading your horror story I'm even more convinenced people shouldn't use them....
I called the animal poison control and they advised me to take the dog to emergency care immediately. Some of the side effects of this poison (Methionine, the active ingredient) are: liver disease, seizures, possible death, etc.
He's spending the night at the vet on an IV, getting blood work done to monitor his liver and other various blood indicators (~$1200). Hopefully everything works out.