Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Do Your Research When It Comes to Plants and Pets

I'm happy to report that my family recently adopted a sweet cat named Ralphie from our local shelter. Here's a picture of him hiding under my daugher's bed. He's still a little shy during the day, but at night he's been terrorizing the house. Guess it was all that time he spent cooped up in his little cage!


After the first couple of nights, I found some leaves from my Philodendrum on the floor and realized that I needed to make sure all of my indoor plants were safe for our new pet. 

While doing some research on my own, I came across the following helpful hints from indoor plant grower Costa Farms that I thought I would share for all the pet lovers out there.

Whenever you add a plant to your home or landscape, make sure you research its harmful degree, especially if your pet may make contact with it. 

There are a variety of online resources you can use to determine this information; however your best resource is your veterinarian. Not only does your vet know the common plants that can cause your pet to get ill, he also knows if your pet has any allergies or individual health issues that would make your pet sensitive to plants including the ones listed as “non -toxic.”

When researching online, www.aspca.org is a great place to start. This site will give you an extensive, though partial list of toxic and non-toxic plants. The ASPCA site also has valuable information and resources on how to care for your pet.

So, if you're in the market for a new pet, think about doing your homework when it comes to finding the plants that are safe for your pets!

-Stacey
GMG

1 comment:

kmdubow said...

Ralphie is SO cute! And what a perfect Christmas name.