Pet Safety 101: Poisonous Plants and Flowers

ProFlowers, an FTD company, created this helpful graphic. With summer in full bloom, they rounded up a list of 199 common flowers and plants that are poisonous for pets, so you can be sure your furry friend is safe all season long! This is a great list to have handy, so be sure to save it on Pinterest or someplace else you can reference it easily.

Poisonus plants and flowers

Give your pet a healthy hug!

This post and FitBit giveaway is sponsored by Purina. As always, 4 The Love Of Animals only shares information we feel our readers would enjoy.

More than half of all dogs and cats in the United States are considered to be overweight or obese (according to the Pet Obesity Prevention Association). Many pet owners don’t realize their pet is over weight though, which is why we want to share these tips and the healthy hug with you.

Give your pet a healthy hug.

Just like with people, our pets can benefit and maintain a healthy weight with a low calorie, low fat diet fed at the right amount, combined with adopting some healthy habits. Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diets has given us some great tips:

Tips for a Healthy Life with Your Dog

You love your dog. And if he’s getting a little pudgy, you may even think it looks cute. But the fact is, Purina research proves how important it is to keep your dog lean. Experts are continuing to learn just how big a difference proper feeding and keeping dogs at ideal body condition can make over a pet’s lifetime.

A groundbreaking 14-year study by Purina researchers showed that feeding dogs to an ideal body condition* throughout their lives can significantly extend a dog’s healthy years – by an average of 1.8 years for dogs in the study. And although the dogs in the study generally developed the same chronic conditions as they aged, the need for treatment of those conditions was delayed by an average of approximately two years for the lean-fed dogs.

The Purina Life Span Study revealed the important role ideal body condition plays in your dog’s health. Now it’s up to you to introduce your dog to a healthier lifestyle. Follow these tips to help extend your dog’s healthy years.

CHECK FOR OBESITY
How do you know if your dog is overweight? Start with a Healthy Hug! A simple rib check is a great way to determine if your dog has a weight issue—and it’s a great excuse to give him an extra hug today. Consult your veterinarian about whether a weight management program is right for your dog.

FOLLOW A NUTRITION PLAN
You and your veterinarian can create a nutrition plan that feeds your dog to his ideal body condition. Refer to the feeding guidelines on your package and adjust feeding amounts as necessary based on your dog’s activity level and body condition change.

MEASURE EACH SERVING
Don’t just fill up your dog’s bowl at each feeding. Follow the feeding guidelines on the back of Purina packages to give your dog the proper-size serving for his ideal body condition.

LIMIT TREATS
Shower your dog with love and attention instead of too many high-calorie treats, especially table scraps. Be mindful of the quality and quantity of treats you feed each day—calories add up quickly.

GET MOVING
Daily exercise is one of the keys to your dog’s health. Just 20 minutes of walking or playing fetch each day can help keep your dog fit. Be sure to check with your veterinarian before changing your dog’s exercise routine

Eating Healthy
Even if your dog is overweight, there’s still time to implement a safe, effective weight loss program with Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diets OM Overweight Management® Canine Formulas. These specialized formulas contain a high level of protein to help your adult dog lose fat while maintaining lean muscle mass.

Visit www.fightingpetobesity.com for more information.

*Lean or ideal body condition refers to the evaluation of body physique in pets as an indicator of their overall health and well-being, generally falling into three categories: too heavy, ideal and too thin.

The great thing is that these tips can help your cat as well. Of course if you have any questions concerning your pet’s health, always visit your veterinarian.

We want to help you get in shape with your pet by giving one lucky reader a FitBit Flex! I have one and just love it. It’s so nice to be able to track my steps and see where I could be moving more (trust me, as a blogger I need that motivation). It tracks sleep, and much more as well. This giveaway will be open to those in the USA. Please enter via the form below:

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Like the Purina Veterinary Exchange Facebook page for more great tips. You can also follow them on Twitter at @PurinaVet.

Memorialize your pet with Pet Perennials

When our sweet bird passed away we buried her in a pretty place in our garden. Sadly, our dog passed away just a few months later from cancer. We decided to create a garden around her burial spot as well. Now thanks to Pet Perennials we have even more gorgeous flowers to add to both garden spots!

Pet Perennials memorial kit

Pet Perennials helps you memorialize your sweet pet by planting perennial seeds in your garden. It’s not just seeds that you get, it is a kit so you can create your own seed wafers. I really enjoyed making the seed wafers myself. It was nice to think about both of our recently departed pets as I put the seeds together into the planting matrix. There was both happiness and sadness as I thought about where we will place our cute little paw prints and hearts. I look forward to seeing the plants bloom and attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden.

Pet Perennials kit

If you have cremains you can include this in your seeds. We didn’t have any since we bury our pets, but I love the thought that you can include your pet in the garden in a very literal way.

We are adding our plantings to our pet’s burial spots, but you could choose their favorite spot in the yard, or anywhere else that you want to be reminded of your pet.

The kit would be such a lovely gift to give to someone who is grieving the loss of their pet. It’s such a beautiful way to create a remembrance. Pet Perennials also has the option to have your wafers made instead of doing it yourself, and they have charming pet cards and stationary as well.

We truly loved everything about the kit, and the process of making our wafers. I can’t wait for them to grow!

*Pet Perennials provided us with a kit for our review. As always, our opinions are our own.

50 Amazing Animal Facts infographic

Here’s a fun way to learn some new things about your favorite animals! Which facts did you already know? Were there any that were new to you? I thought it was very sweet about elephants sucking their trunks for comfort (we have more in common than we think).

50 amazing animal facts infographic

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