Cancer in dogs has been on the rise for years. 50% of pets over the age of 10 will get some form of cancer. It is the number one killer disease in dogs.
As pet parents, we want to do everything we can to prevent our fur children from getting cancer. Studies have shown that simple things like weed killers can have a huge effect on our pet’s health. Weed killers and lawn chemicals have been linked to two different cancers in dogs. A recent study conducted by Tufts University showed that exposure to lawn pesticides raised the risk of canine malignant lymphoma by as much as 70 percent.
To make sure that your dog is not breathing in harmful chemicals, choose the natural route for weed control. Dandelions are seem by some as medicine and others as weeds. However, some people live in neighborhoods that require them to remove dandelions, no matter how the owner sees them.
If you want or need to remove “weeds” from your yard you can choose one of these simple DIY recipes to try.
Dr. Karen Becker Natural Weed Killer
Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian, has her own website where she shares tips on pet wellness. She shares a recipe for killing weeds that she says is better than the chemical sprays. She even did a sample test to prove it. However, she never recommends using a chemical spray on your lawn because of the health risk. Try her non-toxic recipe below. Warning: this potent mixture will kill grass and flowers as well, so only spray the weeds.
1 quart 20% vinegar (This is key! You must use vinegar that is 20% for potency. You can purchase at your local hardware or home improvement store).
1 oz. Orange Essential Oil
.5 oz. Cinnamon Essential Oil
-Shake well in an industrial sprayer. A cheap plastic sprayer will get destroyed by the potent mixture. Be sure to wear gloves as cinnamon essential oil can irritate the skin.
Spray at the hottest part of the day when it is 70 degrees or warmer. Grab the bottle when the sun is shining and spray. Because the mixture is so potent and concentrated, you only need to spray the weed once.
If you have poison ivy or another type of weed that is hard to kill, you can add .5 oz of clove essential oil to heighten the potency of the mixture.
Once it dries you can let your pets out in the yard. Enjoy the fresh air without breathing in harmful chemicals. You will not believe how fast this works.
Homemade Weed Control
This uses safe ingredients that when combined are deadly to weeds.
1/4 cup liquid (Dawn) dish soap
1 gallon white vinegar
2 cups epsom salt
Shake well and then spray on weeds in your driveway or sidewalk. Once the weeds are dead you can easily remove them. You can re-apply once you see them start to reappear, or you can use the tip below.
Sidewalk or Driveway Weed Killer
If you look out in your driveway and see green sprouts coming up, then this recipe is for you. It is a simple trick using a product you probable already have in your house. This will prevent new weeds from coming up. Simply pull the weeds or use the above recipe to kill the weeds.
Baking soda (that is right, just one product)
Sprinkle on your garden path or cracks in driveway to prevent weeds from coming up. The multi-use baking soda now has another use outside of your home.
Boiling water is claimed as working to kill weeds in cracks on sidewalks. Just be careful not to burn yourself.
Corn starch works like baking soda, but you will attract ants. So it is best to stick with baking soda.
Let the weeds grow! Some people may see dandelions as beautiful yellow flowers that have amazing detox effects on your pet and our bodies when consumed.
No matter which one you use – you will be breathing in fresh air while saving tons of money. Sounds like a win-win!
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