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Pet-Safe Houseplants For People Who Kill Plants

Do you have both a pet and a brown thumb? Choosing houseplants may be tricky. You’ll want to avoid plants that are tricky to care for, as well as those that aren’t safe for pets. We can help! Here, a Brandon, FL vet lists some pet-safe plants for bad gardeners.

Spider Plants

Spider plants are super easy to grow, and won’t die if you forget to water them. That said, the plant itself may not be safe from cats. Fluffy loves to eat these!

Succulents

Many types of succulents, such as Echeveria, Jade, and Kalanchoe, are safe for pets. These are also easy keepers.

Cast Iron Plants

As the name suggests, these attractive plants are really tough. Even if you don’t feed or water them for a while, they just keep going strong.

Money Tree

A money tree may not have much effect on your bank account, but it won’t hurt your pet. Plus, they look nice!

Rubber Tree Plants

Rubber is pretty resilient, and so are the trees it comes from. These attractive plants are great options for people who kill plants.

Prayer Plants

These pretty plants are both safe for your furry friend and easy to grow. They look great in hanging baskets!

African Violets

African violets can add a pretty pop of color to any spot. They can live indoors or outdoors, and don’t need very much light.

Orchids

Orchids may not seem like an easy plant to care for, but many of them are actually quite hardy. Just take a few minutes to research how to water them, and choose the right soil. However, you’ll want to be sure to pick an orchid that is safe for pets. Most are, but there are a few varieties that aren’t.

Palms

Many varieties of palm trees are safe for pets. Ponytail palms, Areca palms, and Parlor palms are all fine. These are great options for a porch or patio! Just be sure to do some research, as not all palms are safe. Sago palms, for instance, are extremely toxic to pets.

Safety

Always err on the side of caution. If you aren’t sure whether or not a certain plant is toxic to pets, check the ASPCA website here.

Please contact us, your Brandon, FL vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. We’re here to help!

Holiday Hazards for Pets

The holiday season has officially arrived! It’s always great to enjoy seasonal foods and events with our friends and family members. Your pet is also an important part of your household. Just keep your furry pal’s safety in mind over the next few weeks. The holidays can be quite dangerous for pets! A Brandon, FL vet lists some hazards for pet owners to be aware of in this article.

Food

Food is one of the main concerns at this time of year. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with giving your pet a special treat. However, it’s important to stick to things you know are safe. (Tip: plain, boneless cooked meat, fish, or poultry is a good bet.) Never give your pet anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; chocolate; avocado; alcohol; or xylitol. Nuts are also unsafe, as are grapes, currants, and raisins; meat on the bone; pitted fruit; and raw meat, dough, or yeast.

Decorations

Dogs and cats are very playful, and have quite a knack for mischief. Tinsel, ribbons, ornament hooks, and those pretty strands of lights are all dangerous for your playful pet. Fragile ornaments are also unsafe, as are edible ones, such as popcorn strands.

Plants

Poinsettias, holly, ivy, yew, lilies, and many other seasonal plants are toxic to Fido and Fluffy. Pine needles can also be hazardous. Opt for fake plants. If you do get real ones, display them in spots your furry friend can’t get to.

Alcohol

Champagne, wine, eggnog, and other alcoholic beverages are definitely not safe for your four-legged pal. If you want to include Fluffy and Fido in the festivities, offer them some sodium-free broth.

Stress

Just like people, pets can suffer from anxiety and stress. Some pets are very nervous, and can get quite frightened by the presence of guests. Loud noises, such as New Year’s Eve fireworks, are also very scary to some of our four-legged friends. Keep a close eye on your animal companion, especially if you are hosting parties or having guests. If your dog or cat seems uneasy, put them in a quiet back room with food, toys, treats, comfy bedding, and, for kitties, a litterbox. Your fuzzy buddy may be more comfortable napping through the festivities!

Please reach out to us, your local Brandon, FL vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are always here to help!