Once you integrate a dog in your home, he becomes more like family and less like a pet. If this is the case, the same way you would take care of your children or other family members during pest control treatments, the same level of attention should go to protecting your dog. Consider using pet-friendly pest control and take steps to protect your dog.
Because dogs use their noses to explore everything, they can quickly end up inhaling, absorbing, or ingesting the pesticide. Talk to the exterminator about how long after fumigation the area will be unsafe for pets. In general, you’ll need to keep dogs away from treated areas for 12 to 48 hours.
Here are some tips to protect your dog during pest control treatments in your household:
Tell your exterminator
The number one step you should take is to notify the experts that you have a dog. Talk to your exterminator about the chemicals they will use.
If possible, choose pet-friendly pest control treatments. By talking with your exterminator, you can get suggestions on the best way to protect your dog.
Tip: Talking to the exterminator provides the best option to protect your dog.
Contain your dog
To contain your dog, you may want to train your dog to stay in the yard. If the pest problem requires full-house fumigation, then containing your pet may mean having him stay outside or at a neighbor’s place for a day or two.
You may need a kennel or pet carrier to contain your dog. Alternatively, lock him up in one of your free spaces, such as a garage, basement, attic, or even a bedroom.
You must remember that dogs are naturally curious. Your dog might be drawn by the new sounds and smells in their home, and want to investigate who is there and what they are doing.
Tip: If it’s difficult to contain your dog, consider kenneling your dog or at least have him spend the day at doggy daycare.
Take care of your dog’s items
You may find a way to contain your dog, but that won’t help if the dog’ personal items are exposed to the pest control chemical treatments.
Keep your dog’s bed, toys, and other items safe. Put them in a room that won’t be fumigated. Consider putting away other vital items like your dog’s food and water bowls.
Tip: If by chance, one of the dog’s belongings is contaminated, make sure to clean it in hot, soapy water before letting your dog use it again.
Check with your vet
If you are in doubt about what to do, talk to your veterinarian. There are some things unique with your dog that may require different attention.
If your dog suffers from allergies or breathing issues, it’s essential to talk with your vet about the chemicals being used in the fumigation process and any extra precautions you might need to take.
Tip: Make sure you keep your dog away from fumigated areas for 12 to 48 hours.
Read the label
Some people prefer doing the fumigation process on their own. If this is the option you choose, you need to take the same precautions to protect your dog that you would make if you were using a professional exterminator.
Be sure to read the labels of the substances you are using to treat your home, and take any precautions recommended to protect both children and pets.
Take your time and work from room to room, so that you can fully control the pests in your entire home.
Tip: Wear safety clothing during the fumigation process, including a face mask and a pair of gloves.