Gardening Tips, Tricks and Amazing facts forum: Landscaping Fabric - Pet Hazard!

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Apr 21, 2011 6:47 AM CST
Name: Lori Morrow
Enid, OK
Be still and Listen!
Yesterday I cut a piece of landscaping fabric off of the front paw of my 1 year old Toy Australian Shepherd. It had been hanging from his nail for two days. The first day, Mike tried to pull it off but couldn't; he thought it was just something sticky that would wear off. The second day, I attempted to pull off the foreign object; it was obviously causing some pain because Rooster would not let me have his paw long enough to see what was going on. Day three, Mike held him and I cut the long piece off, we thought the piece of landscaping fabric had just been stuck to his fur. A little later, he was lying on my lap so I took the opportunity to look at his paw a little closer. We had obviously relieved the pressure on it because he did hold still for me.

Using tweezers, I pulled the smaller piece off; it was wrapped around the poor fella's nail. The piece of dried mud was further up the nail and had to be pulled off. I am afraid in a couple more days he would have had serious problems! I can only imagine what that trip to the vet would have cost.
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Yes, he is a digger! That is how he ended up with this mess on his foot. I will no longer be using any landscaping fabric in my gardens and am in the process of pulling up all the fabric that is there now and replacing it with newspaper - a much safer, greener alternative!
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[Last edited Apr 21, 2011 6:52 AM CST]
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Aug 5, 2011 9:22 AM CST
Name: Flowers
Yeah and why put that mess down if the weeds come through anyway? Glad Rooster is ok Endy. Hurray!
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