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Is Synthetic Turf Safe for My Dogs and Animals

By Denise Valenzuela

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Synthetic turf is a durable, low-maintenance alternative to conventional grass lawns that is increasing in popularity for use in residential, commercial and public open space projects – and as well as dog runs.

If you are a dog owner and are considering using this option in a dog run or for your lawn, you are probably wondering just how pet-friendly it is in general.  Many people take their dogs to dog parks that are made with synthetic turf so this info is for all dog lovers out there

Is Artificial Grass Safe for Pets?

One of the biggest questions people have when considering this landscaping idea is whether or not it will increase lead exposure for their family and pets.

 This is because some studies conducted on early manufactured grass options showed lead levels that caused concern regarding the potential for increased lead exposure for those who spent time on this turf. Lead exposure has been linked to a variety of health concerns. Because of this, it is good that parents and pet owners are quick to ask whether or not current ground cover options pose this threat. The good news is that today’s lawn alternatives not only look and feel better than older options, they also have no detectable traces of lead. The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) and major turf manufacturers entered agreements in 2008 to make sure synthetic turf would no longer pose this health concern.This means that, as long as you choose an ethical, reputable synthetic grass installation company, you can rest assured that lead exposure will not be an issue for your family or pets.If you currently have fake grass in your yard that was installed prior to your purchasing the home, and is of unknown origin or age, you should consider having the lead levels tested.

Natural vs. Artificial Grass: Overall Safety

While most homeowners are more concerned about tripping hazards when it comes to their children’s play areas, dogs can also be injured when playing or running on uneven surfaces. It is important to note that either option can have potential tripping hazards if it is not installed properly. For example, a sod installer could fail to properly level the dirt before laying down conventional grass, or an artificial grass installer could fail to properly sculpt the sub-surface or appropriately address edges and seams. If you use an experienced synthetic turf installer from a reputable company, he or she will know how to address seams, edges and the sub-surface, which will allow for a level, even surface on which your children and pets can play. In the event that your little one or furry friend does fall down, the infill used in installing manufactured lawns provides an additional cushion that also improves safety.

Aside from being a safe, low-maintenance option that is easy to clean and requires no chemicals, there are plenty of other reasons to choose fake pet turf. For example, pet owners who have ever had to scrub muddy paw prints out of their carpet, mop their floors multiple times during wet weather or take the time to wipe your dog’s paws every time they come inside are sure to appreciate the mud-free environment of synthetic turf. You can also wash your dog right on your lawn or in your dog run without getting muddy. Plus, you may find that your dog’s coat also stays cleaner when he is not rolling around in natural grass with exposed soil. Another benefit of using fake turf in your pet areas is that you will never have to lug your lawnmower into your enclosed dog run to cut the grass. Unlike conventional grass that can become inundated with ticks and fleas just waiting to jump on your pet, synthetic landscaping turf is not an inviting home for these disease-carrying parasites. Part of your overall satisfaction with adding this beautiful, durable feature to your yard will be the installation process used to ensure that your yard or pet area is prepared for heavy use by your pets.

Lastly Synthetic turf offers significant advantages for drainage with pets.  Since synthetic turf drains better than natural grass urine will drain away more effectively on turf.  Also dog and cat urine can burn and and kill normal sod lawns due to the high acidity of the urine.  With Synthetic turf this is never an issue!

 

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