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Cats Eating Grass: Good, Bad, Both?

August 27, 2019 at 8:46 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care,

Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats

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Cats eat grass. It’s a known fact. And if you are a pet parent to a frisky feline, you’ve probably wondered why bother buying organic or premium cat food if they’re going to turn and eat the grass you mowed yesterday. Okay, most of us don’t buy the gourmet stuff, but even well rounded diet from a reputable company will put a small dent in most budgets.

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What is So Harmful About Bleeding Heart to Pets

June 25, 2019 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats

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Bleeding Heart is one of the most beautiful and unique flowers blooming right now in the Treasure Valley. It’s what’s in those tear-drop shaped blooms that you need to be concerned with for the sake of your pets. But first, let’s answer the question of why dogs and cats eat plants in the first place.

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2 Weeds You Need to Keep an Eye Out for This Spring

April 16, 2019 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats

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Spring is finally here! The trees are blooming, birds are chirping, and all-around town mowers are firing up for the first time this year. Treasure Valley springtime is incredible!

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Are Mushrooms Okay for My Dog?

June 5, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats

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Have you ever been walking through the woods with your dog and suddenly realized she’s enthusiastically eating a mushroom? Dogs love wild mushrooms, so this isn’t an uncommon occurrence. But if your first thought is panic, you’re not far off. Wild mushrooms can be highly toxic and even fatal to dogs and humans. Here’s the fungis 411 you need to keep your dog safe.

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The Dangers of Bleeding Heart Poisoning to Your Dog

May 30, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats

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If you look around the Treasure Valley right now, one of the things you’ll notice is how beautiful our area is now that everything is in full bloom. Trees, plants, and shrubs are showing off as we head into summer, and it’s certainly enjoyable to see. But there are some plants and flowers you should be wary of if you have a furry friend in your backyard: the popular Bleeding Heart plant is one of them.

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Protect Your Springtime Bulbs… and Your Pets

April 17, 2018 at 9:47 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats

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It’s a beautiful time of year in the Treasure Valley when the tulips, lilies, and daffodils start popping up in your garden and yard. You’ve probably been getting outside more already with your pets to enjoy the warming weather and do a little digging in the garden—or maybe your dog has done most of the digging so far. But did you know that two of your favorite things—bulb plants and your dog—don’t mix?

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Getting to the point on Goat Heads (a.k.a. puncture vine)

September 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats

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Maybe you've had an experience explaining some of the hazards of Idaho living to out-of-state friends and relatives—or maybe you just told someone who doesn't live here that there are goat heads alongside the road everywhere this time of year. To their shocked stares and confused questions, you've probably answered, "Oh, not actual heads of actual goats… stickers or thorns. You know, goat heads."

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Poinsettia Panic: How Toxic Are Poinsettias to Dogs?

September 5, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats

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You may or may not have heard that poinsettias are highly toxic, even deadly to pets and children. If this is news to you, you maybe worried about bringing these popular plants into your home during the holidays since it's "common knowledge" that they could be fatal when ingested.

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Is Heartleaf Philodendron a Threat to Your Pet's Safety?

August 29, 2017 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Pet Care,

Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats

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Before bringing home a new pet, you probably looked around your house before you brought your furry friend home and pet-proofed. Maybe you read about the best ways to keep puppies and kitties out of your human food, what to keep out of reach, and how to keep Fido or fluffy from chewing up your beautiful leather shoes. By all accounts, your dog and cat should be safe, happy, and comfortable in your home. But did you consider the toxicity level of your houseplants in the process?

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The Ugly Truth About Bleeding Heart and Foxglove

June 21, 2017 at 11:45 AM by Nikki Wardle posted in Dangerous Plants for Dogs and Cats

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Are you looking for new plants to put in your yard and flower beds, but you're not sure what to choose as a dog owner? It's crucial that you do some necessary research before selecting new flowers, shrubs, and trees for your lawn. Without proper information, you could plant something that's dangerous to your dog's health.

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