RoundUp Your Yard Not Your Pets

Herbicide Dog

Overall you can rest easy, RoundUp is considered non-toxic to mammals. This is good news for you and your pet as you get ready to tackle those early New Mexico weeds that are already popping up. But, non-toxic is not the same as totally safe. There are still things you need to watch for after you spray RoundUp in your yard, in terms of pet health safety.

If you follow the instructions on RoundUp, your pets should be safe.

Wait For It To Dry

RoundUp is safe one it is dry. DRY!! This means that RoundUp is not safe when it is freshly sprayed. It is not safe to your pets and it is not safe to your other plants. If your pets walk on wet RoundUp they will likely track it to your other plants and you will kill the plants you want along with the ones you don’t, so garden health is another reason to wait for it to dry.

What Are The Active Ingredients In RoundUp?

Glyphosate is the primary ingredient in Roundup and it is an acid that is also a fast acting herbicide. It blocks the shikimic acid pathways in plants, which are not found in mammals, and that is how it kills your weeds. Once the acid is dry, it is no longer a toxic threat to your pet. When it is wet, it can be toxic and depending on how much exposure your pet has, they can have some pretty sever symptoms:

  • Drooling
  • Stomach upset
  • Losing their appetite
  • Becoming lethargic

Diquat Dibormide is the other active ingredient, which is another contact based herbicide. This chemical works by damaging the plant cell membranes. Again, when dry, it is not a problem. When wet it can cause symptoms such as:

  • Cataracts in dogs and cats
  • Developmental defects in rats and rabbits

What You Should Do

Make sure your RoundUp is dry!

It could take a few minutes or a few hours for your RoundUp to be dry, depending on your environment. It is best to wait at least 1/2 a day, if not a full day, to be safe, before letting your pet in the treated area. There are other pet friendly or more natural herbicide treatments, but keep in mind, that even homemade herbicides like capsaicin, have potential exposure issues for pets.

If you are concerned your pet has any herbicidal exposure issues from RoundUp or any other herbicide, please call your Albuquerque veterinary clinic immediately. Do not induce vomiting, or issue any other medical treatment without the direct supervision of your veterinarian. Many treatments can make poison issues worse.

Fun Facts About Cat Teeth

albuquerque cat nail biting
albuquerque cat nail biting

1. Cats and People Both Have Baby Teeth!

First, we both have baby teeth that fall out and get replaced with adult teeth. They get their baby teeth at about 2 weeks old and get their adult teeth at about 4 months old.

2. Wait…how many teeth?

Cats have 26 baby teeth while humans only have 20. But they get 30 permanent teeth while we get 32 permanent teeth. Dogs have all of us beat with 28 baby teeth and 42 adult teeth.

3. Cat teeth are for hunting

The shape of cat teeth is all for hunting. All of their teeth are perfect for seizing their pray and tearing flesh. They have no teeth that are meant for grinding. They even have a “bleeding groove” which is meant to allow the blood of their prey to bleed around the tooth and not choke the cat. This makes them pretty fierce.

4. Grooming Teeth

Cat’s have grooming teeth. They don’t help with hunting but they are good for nibbling. These grooming teeth are their incisors, which are the little teeth between their big sharp canine teeth. They use these to nibble and chew when they are cleaning their fur or chewing on their claws.

5. Cats don’t usually show dental pain.

Cats are very good at hiding their pain, so if they are having dental pain you most likely won’t know. This is why it is important to get them an annual dental health check up to make sure they are not having issues you aren’t aware of. Dental health issues can lead to not eating, as well as a whole bevy of other health issues.

6. Cat’s don’t care about losing a tooth

The most common treatment for a tooth issue is to extract it, this means to pull it out. It sounds worse than it is. Most of the time an extraction won’t negatively affect your cat at all. If they have a lot of teeth extracted, they may need to switch to soft food, which is easier to eat, but your cat will still be fine.

9 Steps of Cat Dental Health

cat dental health
cat dental health

We all know that dogs need to have their teeth brushed but did you know that your cat needs it too?

The idea of brushing your cats teeth may be daunting, but it can be much easier that you think. Here are some tips to get your cat

1. Bad breath or BAAAAAAD breath?

Most people don’t think about a cat’s breath until they come across a cat with really bad breath. Typically by the time your notice that your cat has bad breath, it means there is an issue. Ok, let’s define bad breath. No cat is going to have minty fresh breath. Their breath will often smell like cat food. What you are looking for is breath that is really gross and offensive. Take a quick whiff of your cats breath and if you notice an abnormally strong odor, he may have a digestive issue or a gum condition like gingivitis. So if your cat has super stinky breath it is likely time to take him to the vet and get a teeth cleaning and a checkup.

2. It’s in the lips

You can tell so much about your pet’s health by looking at their gums. Lift up your cat’s lips and take a look at her gums. The should be firm and pink, not white or red. They should show no signs of swelling. The teeth should be white and clean of any brownish tartar, and they should not be loose or broken. If you see brownish tartar, swollen red gums or broken teeth, it may be time for a dental exam.

3. A problem mouth

How do you know if your cat has a problem with his mouth. These symptoms are what you should look out for and could indicate a problem with your cats dental health:

  • Dark red line along the gums
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Ulcers on gums or tongue
  • Loose teeth
  • Pus
  • Difficulty chewing food
  • Excessive drooling
  • Excessive pawing at the mouth area

4. The Danger of Swelling

Swelling is never good. Swelling is always a sign that something is wrong, whether it is on the body or in the mouth. At any sign of gum inflammation, you should take your cat in for a veterinary exam. If left untreated, gum disease can develop, possibly leading to tooth loss or inability to eat. Inflammation may also point to an internal problem like kidney disease orFeline Immunodeficiency Virus.

5. The Lowdown on Tooth Decay

Cat’s are not that different than people. They get plaque and tartar just like we do, and for the same reasons. Bacteria and plaque-forming foods can cause a buildup on a cat’s teeth. This can harden into tartar, possibly causing gingivitis, receding gums and tooth loss. Regular brushing and teeth cleanings can prevent tooth decay.

6. Your Cat’s Tooth Brush

All you’ll need to brush your cat’s teeth are cotton swabs and a small toothbrush and tube of toothpaste formulated for felines. You can also use salt and water. Ask your vet to suggest the brushing supplies that he trusts, and be sure NEVER to use toothpaste designed for people-the ingredients can be unhealthy for your cat.

7. Brushing Your Cats Teeth

We promise it is easier than it sounds, here are the simple steps for brushing your cat’s teeth. Many cat’s even like it once they get use to it.

  • Get your cat used to the idea of having her teeth brushed. Start by gently massaging her gums with your fingers or touching a cotton swab to them.
  • After a few times, put a little bit of cat-formulated toothpaste on her lips to get her used to the taste.
  • Then, introduce a toothbrush designed especially for cats-it will be smaller than human toothbrushes and have softer bristles. There are finger-cot toothbrushes as well that may be easier for you to use.
  • Lastly, apply the toothpaste to her teeth for a gentle brushing.
  • A vet dental health exam beforehand may be helpful to find out if your cat’s gums are inflamed. Many cats have mild gingivitis and brushing too hard can hurt their gums.

8. Dental Diet

Your cats diet, much like your own, affects their dental health. Some cat food is high in ingredients that may cause tartar which leads to plaque and tooth decay.  If your cat has dental problems you may want to feed him food that will help prevent dental health issues like tartar and tooth decay. Talk to your vet about food options.

9. The Professional

After all the at-home care, sometimes you just need to get their teeth cleaned. Your vet can quickly, safely, and easily clean your cat’s teeth. It is a simple procedure done in the office. Just like with people, all the brushing in the world can’t keep the dentist away, but it will reduce gum disease, periodontal disease, cavities, and bone loss. An annual cleaning will get the tartar and plaque that the brush doesn’t get off. It is a good idea to get your cat’s teeth cleaned annually. Call and make your appointment today