Thanks for another important article! Out here in the woods, we have a bazillion slugs and snails that just loooove hostas (as do the deer). This year I'm going to try copper barriers instead of the poisons, as I read that 'coons and 'possums like to eat slugs and snails, and we don't want to poison the wildlife. Our dog doesn't go in that area, but the neighbors let their dog run on our property. As rude as that is, I would never want to cause him to be poisoned! Thanks again.
Thanks for the wonderful information! I have very fat and sassy slugs, and my options have been to heave them into the road or dump some salt on them - this year I'm going to have some copper and NA beer in my garden!
I appreciate the info on this as well as the rodenticides, being a long time cat owner but short time dog owner. I liked the picture of (presumably) drunk dogs.
I chuckled when I read that you can hear banana slugs eating- My son discovered that you can also hear and record crickets chewing on popcorn.
Your article was great and much appreciated!
Not to change the subject, but we learned the hard way about putting poisons out and having dogs. We lost a beloved pet several years ago, and the only cause the vet could come up with was that he had caught a rat in the pasture that may have been poisoned. It was so difficult to watch and we vowed never to use any poisons again. We have since tried everything to keep our rat population down: 2 terriers, the rat zapper, my husband hunts them or tries to 'smoke' them out of the hole with the bee smoker he got for Christmas. (He even concocted this pivoting trap made of PVC pipe!) It's turned into a humorous hobby/sport for him, but apparently he's not very good at it because I still have them ransacking my garden every night! Can you give me some suggestions or point me towards a previously written article on the subject that I may have missed. Thanks!
Geoff, thanks! All those people who freak because I feed my dog a chocolate chip now & then but happily spread & spray every chemical known to man need some no-nonsense information about the world around them.
But I'm curious about pets' overall digestive systems. Is garlic itself somehow toxic to them whereas it is a health food for us? Perhaps you could write an overview that might help us understand the bigger picture of why pets should eat certain things but not others?
I'm a vegetarian & am guilty of letting my dog eat leftovers -- she loves radishes, green peppers, pickles, cabbage ... I'd sure hate to poison her with what is, for me, a healthy lifestyle.
Please keep writing on this subject because it is tremendously helpful for me to get "source" information that is not just scattershot scare tactics.
Dogs and cats do not have the enzymes to detoxify garlic and onions. But one cannot generalize about such things, as that is a unique situation. We have an inability to detoxify most plant berries that birds gobble up happily...some animals are just able to consume some things while others are not. THere is no real rhyme or reason... but trial and error soon uncovers such problems and then the scientists figure out why.