You may (or may not know) that some plants can be toxic to pets if they get the urge to munch the flowers and plants you keep around the house and garden. Even some of the most common flowers like Baby's Breath, which come in many arrangements, can be unassuming but totally harmful to your pets if ingested. Thankfully, the ASPCA has a complete list of plants that are a-ok and safe for plant-snacking pets, even if it wears down your patience! This Spring, when you are planting your garden, make sure that you double check the list for any plants that would look great in your yard . . . but can do major damage on your cat or dog's tummy. Some of my favorite flowers are great looking and safe for pets too, like these Honeysuckle Fuchsias. To see what else I would pick for my yard, just read more
There are many steps to pet proofing your home and, for the first in this series, we'll eliminate poisonous plants. Keep animals safe and view every item placed in pet's reach as something he or she may try to take a nibble on. Different types pose different threats so stay on top of them by checking each one in your house against the ASPCA's toxic plant list. If you find a match, please remove it from your home (or be certain it's far out of pet's reach) – you never know what pets will decide to sample.
Keeping house plants can purify the air quality in your home, and safe ones can give kitty a special snack. However, many commonly-kept plants can have negative effects on pets if ingested, including ones that can affect the heart like azaleas, rhododendron, and oleander, ones that can affect that kidney like lilies, shamrock, and rhubarb, and ones that can affect the liver like the sago palms and some mushroom varieties.
Lucky for us, the ASPCA also provides a list of non-toxic plants (including common bouquet flowers) to cross-check with. That way, if someone gives you a sweet gift, you'll know where to display it!
First it was re-done (and dare I say improved?) by the Chapin Sisters and now we have this singing chin who gives "Toxic" the ukulele treatment. Unlike poor Brit's career, this song just won't quit! And I must admit, I'm digging the new stuff.
Britney Spears has a lot of reasons to sing the blues lately, but it's hard to imagine the Queen of Pop having, you know, depth and gravity. Until this cover of "Toxic" by the Chapin Sisters. It almost makes me view the original Toxic video, in which Brit stalks up and down an airplane aisle titillating men, as part of a serious art film. But maybe these singers are taking this whole thing a little too seriously...