Edophyte-enriched seed and grass-eating dogs

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by lilmarvin4064, Sep 12, 2005.

  1. lilmarvin4064

    lilmarvin4064 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 757

    Most types of fescue seed these days contain edophytes. These endophytes help the grass to resist disease and insects. However, endophytes can have detrimental effects on cattle, horses, and other grazing animals that eat endophyte-enriched grass.

    I know that many dogs like to munch on grass every once in a while. I was wondering if anyone knows how risky it is for a dog to occasionaly eat some of this grass? I have heard it can induce delirium in cattle and even still-births in horses.
  2. lawnservice

    lawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 589

    i dont know of any scientfic data on this, but personally i wouldnt (dont) worry about it.
    dogs are not grazers so their consumtion will be limited to a mouthfull every now and then. I cant see how any harm could come?
  3. LonniesLawns

    LonniesLawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from KS
    Messages: 317

    Endophytes is a fungus that colonizes in the belly of grazing animals and causes a host of symptoms. However, in the stomach of anon-grazing animal -- there would be no effects.

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