The Hazards of Houseplants

Nothing brightens a home quite like plants and flowers. But plants can pose a safety hazard to your animal friends. Many popular plants and herbs such as, aloe, calla lily, carnations, and garlic carry mild to severe risks if ingested by cats and dogs. Check these lists before you start planting.

Plants Toxic to Dogs

Plants Toxic to Cats

With that being said, what can you plant? Your options may seem limited, but there are quite a few plants that you can still keep around the house. Some popular plants that are safe for both cats and dogs include:

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Summer Pet Safety

As much as we look forward to summer, there comes a time when the heat is too much to bear. When the weather is hot and you’re suffering, don’t forget about your animal friends. Not only can hot weather be uncomfortable for them, but it can be dangerous. Read more below on how to keep your pets safe during the hottest days of the year.

1. Never leave your pets in a parked car. Seriously, don’t do it. Even at temperatures of 70° F, the inside temperature of your car could rise to well over 100° F. When in doubt, keep your pet at home in the AC.

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2. Limit exercise on hot days. Be sure to take your dog on walks in the early morning and in the evening when temperatures are lower. If you’re hot, imagine how your furry friend is feeling. Also keep in mind that hot asphalt can burn a dogs paws instantly. For walks, stick to the grass and shaded areas. And be sure to bring along extra water for your dog.

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3. Outdoor pet safety. If you have outdoor cats, or keep your dog outdoors, be sure that they have ample shade and constant access to water. If at all possible, bring pets inside when temperatures and heat index are high. Talk to your veterinarian to see if you might want to groom your long haired cat or dog for the summer to help keep them cool. Keep in mind that some breeds of dog handle heat better than others.

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4. Heat exhaustion. Know the signs for heat exhaustion. Some signs include: heavy panting, fatigue, dry or red gums, excessive drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you suspect your pet may have heat exhaustion, seek immediate veterinary care.

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5. Consider outdoor dangers. Summer can bring with it extra risks for pets who spend large amounts of time outdoors. Be sure that your pets are up to date on all their shots, and have flea and tick prevention medication. Keep your pet away from your garage or anywhere there could be leaked antifreeze/coolant as this can be deadly. Also be mindful of plants that can be toxic. Read more here.

Follow these tips to be sure that you and your pet have a safe and enjoyable summer.

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Spring is here, but so are bugs! Make sure your pet is protected.

After a long winter, who doesn’t delight in spring? The warm air, bird song, and blooming flowers work wonders for lifting our moods. And our furry friends are no exception. Dogs especially love spring, and the longer walks that accompany it.

But unfortunately, the warmer weather brings with it the unseen danger of fleas, ticks, and mosquitos.

Dogs and cats alike are susceptible to these parasites, many of which can transmit awful disease such as heart worm, Lyme disease, and tapeworms that can leave you with hefty veterinarian bills, and in some cases can be fatal. And just because your cat is an indoor cat doesn’t necessarily mean that she is safe from the dangers of parasites. Fleas and ticks can be tracked inside by your dog, or even you, and can latch on to your cat, causing a plethora of health problems.

Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent fleas, ticks, and mosquitos from bothering your pet. The most popular method is topical monthly medications, which you can purchase from your veterinarian. In addition, there are also flea collars, sprays, flea traps, and more. Always consult your veterinarian as to which method is best for your pet. And read and follow any and all directions when applying medication to reduce the risk of allergic reaction or accidental poisoning.

Also, be sure to keep your dog away from tall grass and overgrowth during your walks. Keeping your yard mowed and well-maintained will do wonders for lowering the tick population near your home.

In addition to protecting against fleas, ticks, and heart worm, your pets should also be up to date on all their vaccines. Many pet stores in the Southern DE area frequently vaccine clinics. Check the ‘Pets & Supplies’ section of The Guide Classifieds to find a pet clinic near you.

Stop fleas, ticks and mosquitos in their tracks this spring, so that you and your pet can make the most of the beautiful weather on Delmarva!

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