Pet Safety In The Garden

Minimising The Risk

Pets are important members of the family and we need to be mindful of their safety when it comes to our gardens. Some plants are harmful and care needs to be taken when using some fertilisers as often pets munch first and ask questions later!

Removing all sources of potential risk to pets from our gardens would be difficult (and potentially lead to a sterile and featureless backyard!) however there are many things that we can do to minimise risk and help keep our pets safe in the garden.

Be Aware Of Any Acute Risks

Always start by reading the label of any garden products you intend to use, in full, before using them.

For a quick “how-to” guide on reading pesticide labels properly, try this article:

In particular, look out for any user or animal safety precautions. If the product does carry any significant risks to humans or pets, these will be clearly noted on the label.

Safety Data Sheets (also known as SDS, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) or GHS documents should also set out any particular known risks to human or animal health, particularly in mammals. These documents should be available for download via the corresponding product page on our website. If not, please contact us via the details provided below so that we can provide the latest version to you directly.

Avoiding direct skin and eye contact or inhaling or ingesting any garden products is the first basic rule for both you and your pets.

Here are some additional precautions to follow:

1. Safe Storage

Keep garden products out of the reach of pets (and children) in a secured cabinet or cupboard and check regularly for any spills or leaks. Should a label become unreadable please contact us for a replacement.

2. Water In Well

Some products should be watered in after use (this will be indicated on the label). This can help to reduce any potential contact with pets (ensure pets are kept away from the area while the product is being applied). Using liquid fertilisers (instead of granular or pelletised fertillisers) can also reduce potential contact with pets.

3. Wait Until Foliage Or Surfaces Are Dry

Whether watering in is required or not, any sprayed plants or surfaces should be allowed to dry before allowing pets access back into the area. This helps to reduce potential contact by pets and minimises the ability of pets to move products like herbicides from one area of the garden to another (unintended) area.

4. Exclusion & Withholding Periods

In some cases, there are specific recommended wait times before pets can be allowed back onto a treated lawn, surface or garden area. For example, after applying a lawn weed killer product like Yates Weed’n’Feed Liquid Hose-on, pets need to be kept off the lawn until the spray has fully dried.

The grass can be grazed after a minimum of 7 days plus 1 mowing (removing clippings). So if your dog is one to have a chew on the grass (as most are from time to time), keeping it off the lawn for a minimum of 7 days plus 1 mowing after treatment with this product would be recommended. The same would apply for rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens, as examples.

5. Clean Up

Any spray equipment should be cleaned thoroughly after each use and together with the remaining product, stored safely again in a secure location. Prepared (i.e. diluted) solutions should either be used up immediately according to label directions or disposed of in line with local regulation.

In the event that a poisoning does occur (or is suspected) Seek emergency qualified veterinary advice immediately. Keep the full product name and label at hand, and take it with you if you do visit your vet in person.

Don’t Forget To Ask Us

Every situation is unique, so please do contact us to talk through your situation. We can certainly discuss further via our various Yates Consumer Advice channels.

You may wish to use our Live Chat service for an immediate response.

Available weekdays 8.00am – 7.00pm and weekends 10.00am – 4.00pm via any page on the Yates Australia website.

You can also call us (in Australia): 1300 369 074 (Choose option 2 for product advice).

For email enquiries:

We look forward to hearing from you soon. Happy gardening (and even happier pets)!

But Wait, There’s More!

Here are some product specific notes for your reference.


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Rat & Mouse Baits

Herbicides & Pesticides

Plant Toxicities