There is no immediate health risk, but long term, daily exposure could impact the health of you and your pet. Pets can track contaminants from the soil into the home. By taking some of the recommended healthy actions below, you can make your home safer for your family and pets.
- Cover bare patches of dirt with a ground cover – grass, bark, mulch, gravel, etc.
- Wipe your pet’s paws and fur off every time they go outside.
- Wash your pet often.
- Give your pet their own bed.
- Vacuum and Mop regularly (at least once a week) to clean up whatever gets brought in to your home.
- Dust with a damp dusting cloth to keep contaminants from being stirred up into the air.
Dogs that DIG!
What to do about dogs that dig?! Obviously with contaminated soils, this is the last thing we want to happen. If your dog digs, they could be coming in direct contact with Arsenic and Lead contaminated soils, dirt gets on their paws and into their fur, and they can track it into the house. Then those contaminants can get into our bodies. The Humane Society has excellent tips on why dogs dig and how to prevent it here: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/digging.html
Here are a few of the possible methods you can use to minimize your dogs digging desires:
- Get rid of your dog’s excess energy by
- Taking your dog on a brisk walk multiple times daily
- Play fetch and redirect behavior and energy
- Keep interesting toys around and alternate them regularly
- Create a specific digging zone in your yard that has clean soil and teach your dog to use this area only
- Fill unwanted holes with gravel, or cover with chicken wire