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Re: “Poisoning our pets

You are all funny , half of you are talking about one product . Their is a bug killer that has all types of chemicals in it, ( sevin) you can buy this anywhere. Now this is a fine white powder that is safe to use anywhere. You buy this stuff at a farm and feed store. I hope this will help some of you

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Posted by Gunhappy73 on 12/30/2015 at 12:45 PM

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If the neighbor out of courtesy asks before setting off Fireworks, he expects you with the same coutesy to agree.

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Posted by Fernando Jimenez Quelquejeu on 10/03/2015 at 11:40 PM

Re: “Poisoning our pets

Pine Sol kills fleas, ticks, & other pests as well. I treat my yard in early spring with a pesticide but then follow with monthly Pine Sol treatments. It does not hurt grass, plants, or flowers.

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Posted by Millisa Greer Brickhouse on 06/27/2015 at 10:18 PM

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Another pestisize called "permethrin" kill bugs but it also kill cats. Advertisers of "permethrin-10%" claims it is animal safe. but no sellers on eBay nor Amazon.com post any warnings on their listings for cats.

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Posted by Henna Gaijin on 06/27/2015 at 3:27 PM

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These comments have been extremely useful. Forgive me if I missed the answer in this discussion but I noticed that Sevin is available in different percent strengths. I am interested in dusting my large breed dogs (both more than 70lbs) with Sevin as it seems that even the most expensive and "canine-friendly" treatments continue to fail and I can't bear to watch them suffer any longer. Can anyone suggest what percent Sevin is most suitable?

I would be grateful for any help.

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Posted by ThisMissie on 05/02/2015 at 8:31 AM

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What kind of Vet doesn't recognize an enlarged liver and simple blood work would have shown the liver enzymes were high. We had a hatch of ticks eggs to our surprise one morning in our bedroom and used seven dust in our home and on the dog beds to kill the ticks. 3 dogs all survived and my one dog had severe liver disease 10 years prior and she even was fine after the use of seven dust. So keep searching for another reason the dog got sick because it wasn't seven dust. Diamatacious Earth is the way to go but seven dust is also a great source for killing the bad bugs so please so stop trying to get it banned. I'm sorry you lost your dog and that it was so painful for you but it wasn't seven dust. Oh and I'd bet the neighbor was more informing you of the fireworks than asking for permission. Once you spend the money on them your not going to let them go to waist.

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Posted by Sheri Masters Salton on 04/20/2015 at 10:08 PM

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I also want to say, instead of using Sevin, use Diatomaceous Earth! It IS completely benign! And work GREAT on fleas and ticks and any bug for that matter! And since it doesnt kill by some toxic chemical its 100% safe!
DE is mined from long gone ancient seas or oceans and is actually fossilized microscopic animals. It kills by sticking to the waxy layer of the bugs exoskeleton and absorbs the body fluid. If you look at DE under a microscope you will see what looks like crystalized snowflakes or broken glass. When the powder comes in contact with a bug it sticks to the waxy layer of the bugs exoskeleton and as the bug moves it cuts into the exoskeleton and as a very absorbant powder, it sucks out all of the body fluid and the bug dies of dehydration. DE has hundreds of uses, especially in agriculture. I use it in my garden, on my dogs, I pour it into a pile in my chicken coop for them to take dust baths in ( and my birds dont have a single louse ), I also pour it into my chicken feed to keep roaches and mealworms out.

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Posted by Mark Cram on 03/18/2015 at 8:00 PM

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I first have to say, I RARELY ever post comments to articles. But as a fellow Pitbull owner, this article bothers the hell out of me!! WHY would you EVER let your dog outside UNSUPERVISED?! AND WITH ONLY A 6 INCH FENCE?! As an owner of a Pit, don't you know the stigma, bigotry and sometimes outright hate the general public has toward them?? I know, as a LONG time Pit parent of currently 3 dogs, that there are a LOT of people that want the breed exterminated! And its exactly people like you that let their dogs run around outside unleashed! Unfenced! And UNSUPERVISED! I find it extremely unlikely your Lucy just walked passed their garden and happened to breath in a little dust. More than likely, your neighbors have gotten sick of you letting your pitbull roam around unsupervised and gave her a laced treat! And later compounding it by blasting off fireworks in hopes of finishing her off! Sad but unfortunately true. As someone that rescues Pits, i see it happen all the time! We ARE slowly changing the general publics perception of this breed but it is YOUR responsibility as an owner/parent to keep them fenced or on a leash at all times outside of the house! Having rescued many of these wonderful dogs, I am totally convinced that not just anyone should be allowed to own this breed! Owning one is like having a loaded gun constantly. And just like a gun, there should be background check, along with an IQ test! When I've placed dogs in new homes, that was just the tip of the iceberg of what required to adopt one of my rescues. (Which is why i have 3 now)
I am very sorry the dog had to go through all of that! But stop blaming others for your irresponsibility and take better care of dog!

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Posted by Mark Cram on 03/18/2015 at 7:32 PM

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It's ignorant to assume that Sevin dust was the cause of your dog's illness. To blame your neighbor is also ignorant and rude. You have no PROOF, just your own assumptions (which I'm sure are were made because of your dislike of pesticides).

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Posted by Cynthia DeWeese on 01/18/2015 at 11:29 AM

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Do dogs have a full recovery without no neurological damages

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Posted by Priestley Blunte on 12/12/2014 at 6:28 PM

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it is so heartbreaking to hear what these animals endured. I feel for all the pets & owners regardless of how they were exposed to the toxins. any amount of toxin is too much. period. it doesn't, in my opinion , make the homeowner an irresponsible pet owner because her neighbors choose to poison their yard. obviously the 6" fence wasn't effective, but neither would a 6' tall fence be. this stuff,especially powders, is airborne. It travels away from it's designated spot w/liquid as well, lets say rain, washing it to the neighbors grass and absorbing into the ground.less concentrated obviously, still a toxin. how many of you still smoke regardless of the surgeon generals warning & known carcinogen effects? go for it. it is your body, but we are finally taking stands to protect those of us who don't want to be exposed to cancer promotion, hence smoking bans in public places. it would be ideal if there were regulations on how close to others property you can use harmful products. probably never thought of a utility pole as dangerous to you right? ever heard of people using old utility pole soaked in arsenic to start their fires? I have. look up creosole, penta pcp, and arsenics. think that stays just in their chimney? planes that drop pesticides are known to have their toxic product spread miles airborne further than where intended. so neighbors who use pesticides don't bitch when something comes your way via air or groundwater that you have no control of. as a nurse I had to flush thousands of patients pills. yes it is toxic & no longer done where i work. the safety & quality to humans & water critters was proven affected and altering the norm. I am saddened by reading the choice to drug your animals with chemicals, benedryl ect animals are like our children correct? Do they get drugged as well for your convenience because there really are many safer alternatives to chemicals if one takes the time to seek them out in the best interest of the pet, for their comfort. just because you don't see it doesn't mean there aren't side effects even in small doses and everyones (pets or people) tolerance is individual. sadly our pets & children can be poisoned, unintentionally in our own yards because of our neighbors choices, or our own. compassion spreads too & can be toxic. :) instead of insults & blame, focus on the wellbeing & prevention. it doesn't sound so ugly. and no I am not an organic tree hugger yet. just a health oriented person w/common sense.
I hope your pets are all recovered.

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Posted by Vicki Waterhouse on 08/11/2014 at 6:47 PM

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I absolutely loved the story about Katie written by Jane Bozarth! It was written so well I felt like I knew Katie. I would love to read more....
For us animals lovers we trust their instincts. If my dog doesn't like you then I don't like you.

Posted by Laura Babb on 08/08/2014 at 9:07 AM

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Be careful people. Many times people that actually WORK at these companies scan the internet constantly looking for threads like this. I, myself, have used Sevin Dust for years on our yards. We live in a very hot and humid climate here in Dallas, Texas. I have never seen any negative affects on our animals. We have five dogs and three cats. However, be careful.

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Posted by Debi Daly on 06/07/2014 at 7:51 PM

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I don't suppose that the author ever considered being a responsible pet owner. You should keep your dog in your own yard, and never let it run around unsupervised. My neighbors let their dog run all over the neighborhood. I've asked them if they hate their dog. You never know what will happen to them. Mean people could hit them or otherwise terrorize them. They can get into anything, and, like this story exemplifies, you won't know how to help them. Obviously this dog was an annoyance to the neighbors garden. Take responsibility for your own stupidity, and take better care of your pet! For that matter, be a better neighbor too!

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Posted by jour on 06/06/2014 at 8:22 AM

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Anita Guinness. A few things.
The fact that the neighbors came by and asked if it was ok to set off fireworks...and being told that she would rather NOT have them do just that...for them to do it anyways is beyond me. It's simply not right. It would be "DECENT" as you say, for them to refrain from such things, otherwise, why ask?

Secondly, just because YOUR pets lived long and fruitful lives in the midst of such poisons, doesn't mean other animals would be so lucky. Now, I'm not saying BAN such substances...but I will say your lack of compassion, in this matter, is indecent to say the least.

I agree with your point about people's self-righteousness these days. I think that it's the owner's responsibility to do what's best for their pets. Your assumption that it takes "so much" of this substance to cause harm to an animal is basically your ignorance to how chemicals work in the body. Every living thing reacts to everything differently. Again, please don't misread me...I agree that it was HER responsibility.

All I ask is that you, just like the author in some ways, get off your soapbox and have a little compassion for the animal, as WELL as the author for almost losing her loved one. Generally, people like you disgust me.

Sue, I'm so glad she's ok and if it was my Livy, I would have done the SAME THING. Dogs are our children..."some" people just don't have any compassion these days.

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Posted by Catalyst on 05/22/2014 at 7:01 PM

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I am shocked by how inconsiderate and narrow-minded this author is. To begin with, Sevin dust would have to be ingested in quite large quantities to have done close to this level of harm to your animal. I, as my father before me, use this very dust in our gardens constantly, and we have always had animals around. They have all lived to ripe, old ages. Your assumption is based on nothing but speculation and a clear desire to lay blame on other's doorsteps. Your comment about "seething" because another family did not forgo celebrating a holiday in the way they chose because YOUR elderly dog was not well...that shows an incredible amount on selfishness on your part only. Our dogs are also afraid of fireworks, as are vast majority of canines. Each year we take the dog in, give Benadryl according to our vet's instructions, and run fans as background white noise to help cover the sounds. We don't go around asking other people to alter their lifestyle and not enjoy themselves because WE chose to have pets.
The fact that these people agreed to stop using what they previously chose as an insecticide because of their paranoid neighbor's wishes shows they have far more consideration than you do.
If you are so concerned with all these toxic things to your pets ,then it is YOUR responsibility to build a larger fence, brick wall, bubble, whatever barrier that you would deem environmentally acceptable to keep out the world in general. I suppose this comes off as less than charitable but really, have some common decency. I come across more and more people each year that are full self-righteousness against everyone, bully others until they agree with a certain wild point of view, and never stop to analyze their own actions or words. Clearly you care about your dogs, which shows decency. I would imagine you have some good overall qualities but being a good neighbor, an open-minded person, and an objective writer are not among them.

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Posted by Anita Guinness on 05/19/2014 at 8:43 PM

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For fleas and ticks: Brewers yeast or 1/8 tsp of garlic a day on their food. ( only 1/8 of garlic cause any more can be harmful and only for dogs, do not give garlic to cats.)

For the immune system: Coconut oil everyday on their food. It makes their food taste better and it is amazing for their system.

Their are an abundance of plants that keep away pests that you can put in your garden without using harmful chemicals. We just lost two chihuahua's because we thought it was rabies with the first one and later when the second one was too far gone, we found out it was poisoning. You may scoff at this woman's passion about organic things, but with a little work and not that much cash you can build a greenhouse, plant an abundance of things that can be used anywhere.

-Lemon juice and water keeps those huge roaches out of your house during the summer.
-Coconut oil is a natural, diaper rash ointment, sun block and sun tanner, immune booster if ingested, conditioner, works better than aloe for sunburns, cleans the bacteria out of your mouth every morning if swished for 20 minutes, etc.......
-Chewing on onion helps get rid of tooth pain instantly

This is just a fraction of the things i have found so far (and tried) that works wonders. Give some of this a try, it can be cheaper than buy expensive and chemically laden things at the store when you can use things that, for the most part, you can grow.

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Posted by Cassie Hughes on 04/13/2014 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Poisoning our pets

do people still use sevin dust on chickens to treat red mite - I have a big problem with red mite

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Posted by Helen Lloyd on 02/16/2014 at 7:11 AM

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I have used Sevin Spray for years for treatment of insects in my lawn and to prevent moles (which eat them). I have had three dogs over the years without one bit of trouble. I doubt these reported cases were due to Sevin at all.

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Posted by Bob Johnson on 01/18/2014 at 4:47 PM

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You have to read on the package of these produsct you have to water after applying them and you have to not let animal or human near them till it is dry. You have to read the package of everything before using and if it is meant to kill it does just that.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE
The Dos
Shake container before using
Apply when air is calm
Wear gloves when applying
Dust lightly to cover leaves with a thin, even film of dust
Apply at the furthest corner and work backward

The Do-Nots
Do not use on large trees
Do not use indoors
Do not repeat applications more than once per week (7 days)
Do not allow people or pets to enter treated area until dust has settled

You have to be responsible when using this and USE AS DIRECTED.

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Posted by Jennifer Lynn Wilson on 07/25/2013 at 12:00 AM

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