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It is officially spring. And, even if it seems like many parts of the South are seeing more rain than sunshine, for those who love gardening, the season of seeing fresh new plant growth is officially here. However, if you also have pets, then you might want to give special thought to what type of plants will be safest for them.

Choosing Pet Friendly Plants

There is something wonderful about having beautiful green plants and a multitude of colorful flowers. But not every plant is safe for your pets. As a result, you will need to take special care to select those which are perfectly safe for both Fluffy and Fido. Here are some plants to consider as your plan your greenery both inside and outside the home.

Indoor Plants:

  1. Air Plants
  2. Areca Palm
  3. Baby Rubber Plants
  4. Baby’s Tears
  5. Bamboo Palm
  6. Bird’s Nest Fern
  7. Blue Echeveria (aka, hens and chicks)
  8. Boston Fern
  9. Burro’s Tail
  10. Cast Iron Plant
  11. Christmas Cactus
  12. Echeveria Lola
  13. Friendshop Plant
  14. Haworthia Zebra (related to aloe, but safe for pets)
  15. Lace Flower Vine
  16. Money Tree
  17. Parlor Palm
  18. Peperomia Green
  19. Polka Dot Plant
  20. Ponytail Palm
  21. Prayer Plant
  22. Spider plants
  23. Staghorn Fern
  24. Swedish Ivy
  25. Watermelon Plant
  26. Wax Plant
  27. Xerographica Air Plant

Outdoor Plants:

  1. African violets
  2. Alyssum
  3. Aster
  4. Black-eyed Susan
  5. Celosia
  6. Gerbera Daisy
  7. Hibiscus
  8. Impatiens
  9. Lipstick Plant
  10. Magnolia Bush
  11. Orchids
  12. Pansies
  13. Petunias
  14. Roses
  15. Snapdragons
  16. Sunflowers
  17. Sweet Potato Vine
  18. Zinnia

Plants Hazardous to Your Pet’s Health:

While this list is not totally inclusive, it will give you a place to begin. That stated, there are also plants you should avoid.  Here are some to be sure are well out of your pets’ reach:

  1. Aloe Vera
  2. Birds of Paradise
  3. Chrysanthemum
  4. Cyclamen
  5. Daffodils
  6. Dieffenbachia
  7. English Ivy
  8. Foxglove
  9. Jade Plant
  10. Iris
  11. Lilies
  12. Oleander
  13. Poinsettia
  14. Sago Palm
  15. Tulip
  16. Wisteria

If your pets ingest any of these plants, you will be able to tell through symptoms such as the following:

  • Agitation
  • Black or bloody stools
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Dehydration
  • Depression
  • Drooling
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nosebleed
  • Uncontrollable urination or thirst
  • Vomiting

If you notice any of these symptoms and suspect that your pet has ingested a plant that is unsafe for them, contact your vet immediately!

So, don’t hesitate to fill your home or garden with gorgeous green plants and colorful flowers. Opt for some of the plants from this list and get ready to have a spring and summer that you and your pets can enjoy. And for those times when you need to get out of town – don’t forget to give us a call. We would love to keep your pet company! Contact our team today.

Winter Weather Tips for Caring for Your Pet

Posted January 15th, 2019 by daniel

We love our pets. We buy them gifts, special food and spend time with them. So, when it comes to taking care for them, we do it without hesitation – after all, they are family! But it is not always easy to know what type of care or proactive measures need to be made in order for our pets to be most comfortable – especially during the winter when temperatures can fluctuate or hover well below the comfort level.

So, if you are concerned about your pets when the temperatures drop – and who isn’t? – then these winter weather tips are especially for you.

8 Winter Weather Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe and Warm

  1. Know your pet’s limits – especially if they spend a great deal of time outside. Some animals are better equipped to deal with cold weather than others. If you have a pet that doesn’t “do cold weather” as well, then be sure to limit outside time. A simple rule of thumb is that if it is too cold for you, then it is likely too cold for your pet as well.
  2. If you have an outside cat, or perhaps a neighbor does, be sure to check your vehicle’s hood and tire wells before leaving for work in the morning. Cats love to sleep up off the ground and your vehicle is the perfect bed. A simple approach is to give the cat(s) a warning by honking the horn when you get in your vehicle, or using your key fob to trigger the assorted sounds.
  3. If you let your animals wander the yard or take them for walks, be sure to take time upon returning home to clean their paws of any debris or chemicals they may have stepped in while walking. As you do so, be sure to check for any signs of injury, as the cold weather makes their skin drier and thus more prone to a scratch or cut.
  4. Depending on where you live, or the recent temps, there can be ice patches along your walking route. Endeavor to keep your pet off of these areas so there is less risk to them (and you!) of slipping and becoming injured.
  5. Just as you don’t want to leave your pet in a vehicle when it is too hot, the reverse is true in winter. Extended time in a cold vehicle can lead to freezing and hypothermia.
  6. Avoid spills-especially those common things such as anti-freeze that can be spilled in a garage or driveway. This product tastes sweet to our pets but can cause serious illness and death.
  7. Do you have cat or dog with short hair? Then invest some of the fun outfits/sweaters made for your pet. They will look adorable, and be warm, too!
  8. Talk to your vet to learn if there are any shots or vitamins that your pet could benefit from during the winter months.

These are but a few tips that can make caring for your pet during the winter better for everyone. Do you have additional tips? We would love to hear them.

Tips for Holiday Travel with Pets

Posted November 20th, 2018 by daniel

With the holiday season in full swing, many pet owners find themselves in the quandary of either kenneling their pet, hiring a pet sitter (we like this option!) or traveling with their pets. And while the first two options are often easier because it can be more convenient, many pet owners don’t want to be separated from their furry loved ones – and we completely understand that!

However, traveling with a pet can be a bit of a challenge- especially if it is the first time you have done so – or better yet- the first time your pet has traveled a significant distance with you. If you find yourself in either if these scenarios, then chances are you have a lot of questions about the best approach for you and your favorite furball.

10 Tips for Traveling with a Pet

If you can’t bear the thought of leaving your pet(s) behind over the holidays, don’t panic. These tips can make your holiday travels easier than you expected. So buckle up – it’s nearly go time!

  • If your pet has never been on a long trip before, consider taking several longer rides with them prior to the big event so they can get acclimated to long periods of time in a vehicle. Be sure to put them in their crate so that they can used to it.
  • If flying, visit the airport ahead of time and let them walk around the terminal so they can become accustomed to the smells, sights and sounds.
  • Before actually loading up, plan time to take your pet for a walk. It will help you and your pet expend any excess energy.
  • Be sure to have a crate that is designed for your pet’s size. Then do what you can to make it more comfy and “home-like”. Add blankets, favorite toys and be sure to attach an extra set of ID cards to the outside of the crate to ensure that in the event of an emergency, someone will know about your pet.
  • Keep their feeding schedule light, but consistent as possible, on travel day. However, do try to get them to eat a few hours before your trip rather than minutes before leaving. Also, never feed your pet in a moving vehicle.
  • Be sure your pet is microchipped, or wearing a well-fit color with your home address and contact info on it.
  • Don’t allow your pet to ride with its head hanging out the window This is a perfect way for them to be injured due to road debris.
  • Pack bottled water for your pet, rather than using local water. Drinking water from an area they are not familiar with can cause their stomachs to be upset.
  • Take frequent bathroom breaks – this is helpful for you and your pet. A great choice is to find a pet store! Otherwise, know where along the route your pet can relieve themselves.
  • If not using a pet crate, then be sure to have a pet barrier, a pet seatbelt or pet car seat. This is for everyone’s safety!

Traveling with a pet doesn’t have to e challenging. Implementing these tips will make it significantly easier. If you have any other questions or suggestions, please be sure to give us a call today.