Dandelions Are Our Friends: Beware of Weedless Lawns

With the weather warming up, the sun shining brightly, and the days get longer, we’re all starting to enjoy the beautiful long walks with our dogs. After this long lockdown, we all need an excuse to leave the house and our dogs give us just that. Though it’s nice to walk on fresh green grass, we’d like to warn you about the possible dangers.

Has your dog ever had teary, bloodshot, and squinty eyes after a walk? Maybe you’ve even noticed some lethargy. This actually happened to my dog Sakura very recently. I was very worried! When we took her to the vet, we were told it may be an allergic reaction to pesticides and weed killer spray. The vet advised us to stay away from weedless lawns and to try and go for walks in the evenings instead of during the day.

These sprays are being used in many lawns and some parks around the GTA, so if anything, we recommend walking on the grass where you can see dandelions growing. It’s a good sign that no weed killers are being used. If you see grass that is green and weed-free, it would be best to avoid these lawns if your dog is sensitive.