According to the calendar, spring is here. In my neck of the woods, that appears true, as we've enjoyed temperatures in the high 60s and low 70s the past several days. Daffodils, tulips, and crocus burst forth in early spring, and people are getting the itch to dig in the dirt and plant stuff. Easter’s arrival next month also adds to the scratch. But, if you have pets, there are some flowers and plants a gardener (or potential gardener) should avoid.
This week (March 19 to 25) is Poison Prevention Week. The company ProFlowers has created a helpful guide to plants and their toxicity level. ProFlowers Community Manager Taylor Poppmeier adds to this week’s blog with information and a link to the guide, which can help you determine what you should plant and what you should avoid if you’re a pet owner.
We all want to enjoy spring’s beauty but also protect our furry friends. Therefore, look over this helpful guide and keep your pets safe while also enjoying the colorful beauty of the season.
Did you know that March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month? While March brings warm weather and lots of beautiful flowers, it also means that you should be extra aware of which plants are healthy for your pet to eat and which could be toxic. To help you familiarize yourself with the plants to keep your pets away from, ProFlowers created this visual on 199 poisonous plants. It ranks plants from 1 (majorly toxic) to 4, and notes which parts of the plants are essential to avoid.
Should you suspect your pet has been poisoned, by eating a plant or getting into a household cleaner, contact this hotline number operated by the American Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): 888-426-4435. On the website, you’ll also find a listing of human foods that can negatively impact your pet’s health and a listing of household products which are harmful to animals.
As spring enters its full glory, with blooming flowers and budding trees, my thoughts turn to times of upcoming travel. This season, as well as summer and fall, are optimal road tripping times for people, and oftentimes those humans travel with their pets.
My husband and I look to take a vacation this summer to visit family back east, and we will be taking our springer/cocker mix, Mary, along for the L-O-N-G ride. As we make those plans, we’re considering taking in a baseball game. Since we can’t leave the dog in a hotel, we’ve turned to Rover.com to learn about pet sitters in the city that we plan to see the game. We’ve discovered a treasure in that website, as we’ve used it before, when going to a concert in another city and having Mary along on that journey. I recommend pet parents who travel, or who need pet sitting services in their own town, including boarding or daycare, visit Rover.com – the website is very helpful!
Another helpful site is BringFido.com. This site lists pet boarding/sitting services, hotels that allow pets, and even pet-friendly adventures in different locations. This, too, is a very helpful website for people who travel with their pets; the site even provides information on air traveling with pets.
Dog parks and rest areas provide great opportunities for both pet parents and their four-footed traveling companions to get out of the car, stretch, play, eat, and just break up the monotony of driving. Be sure to provide this respite for yourself and your pet.
Here are some other traveling trips for taking your pet on the road with you:
Following these ideas can make road tripping with your pet much more enjoyable and safe! Happy Road Tripping!
Gayle M. Irwin is a writer and public relations professional who volunteers with various animal rescue groups. She enjoys sharing her books and her passion for pets and the environment with others.