10 Plants That are Poisonous to Pets
Mar22

10 Plants That are Poisonous to Pets

The third week of March is National Poison Prevention Week. We would like to use this occasion to raise awareness among pet owners of the potential dangers to your four-legged companions. We all know that pets are curious by nature, especially when it comes to eating strange things. Plants are particularly tempting for them. Flowers, houseplants, garden plants, or plants in the wild – dogs and cats can be perfectly happy to munch away on pretty much any vegetation. However, many plants are toxic to pets and, if ingested, can cause severe consequences. While humans can be taught what to avoid, this can be difficult for pets. As a responsible pet owner, you should be aware of the plants that are poisonous to your pets in order to keep your furry friends healthy and safe. Here is a short list of some common offenders: Aloe Vera Known for its health benefits for humans, this plant can be very harmful for pets. While the substance inside is relatively harmless, the skin of the plant is toxic to cats and dogs. Azalea All parts of the plant are considered toxic, and ingestion of a tiny bit can result in poisoning, affecting the skeletal and cardiac muscles of your pet, or even leading to a coma. Daffodils Don’t be fooled by their sunny look – ingesting the bulb, plant or flower of these plants may lead to serious trouble for your pet. Lily Though lilies make a lovely decoration, they are highly toxic to cats. Even the pollen from one lily can lead to kidney failure. So it’s best not to keep them around when you have cats. Curiously, lilies are not toxic to dogs. Oleander Natives of southern California probably know best how pretty the oleander is. Yet, few are aware of how severely it can affect cats and dogs. All parts of the oleander contain a highly toxic component that can cause a number of problems. Tulip/Narcissus The bulb of tulips and narcissus plants contain harmful toxins. So, if you have a dog that digs, be cautious. Tomato Plant Surprisingly, the entire tomato plant is toxic for dogs and cats. Even tomatoes themselves can be poisonous for pets if they eat enough. Poinsettia We all adore this bright, festive plant during the holiday season. Though generally considered mildly toxic, it can cause some serious discomfort to your cat or dog if ingested. Sago palm Very popular in warmer climates, this household and outdoor plant can be very harmful to pets. The whole plant and the seeds in particular are very toxic. Eating a single seed can be fatal. English Ivy...

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What Do Dogs Dream About?
Mar21

What Do Dogs Dream About?

If you have been with your dog for most of their life, you may already know everything about them from the shape of their paws to the sound of their bark and even the smell of their breath! But did you know that, just like us humans, dogs have dreams too! I was surprised when I learned about this! What do dogs dream about? Are they thinking about delicious canine treats while they’re asleep? Are they dreaming about playing with the other dogs in the park? A group of Harvard psychologists figured out what is going on in our dogs’ minds while they are catching some zzzz’s. It turns out that dogs often dream about the most important people in their lives. That is probably the most touching thing I have ever read! After the article was published in People’s Magazine, people on the Internet went crazy posting photos of their pet canines tucked in bed next to photos of their weeping faces. One of the researchers said, “People dream about what worried them most during the day, but in a vague and illogical format. We have no reason to believe that animals are any different. Bearing in mind that dogs can become extremely attached to people, then it’s most likely that your pet is dreaming of your face, your smell, and how happy he makes you. Alternatively, your dog may dream about doing something that annoys you.” Humans are not the only things dogs dream about. Many scientists have a lot of other ideas about dog dreams. One said that dogs might be dreaming about chasing dogs or even burglars! It seems like their sleep patterns are pretty similar to us humans’. Dogs also experience stages of wakefulness, rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep, and non-rapid eye movement sleep. Dogs can also have nightmares, too. Another interesting fact: For reasons quite unknown, the size of the dog can determine the size of its dreams! Meaning, smaller breeds have shorter but more frequent dreams while larger breeds have longer but less frequent ones. Dogs spend 50% of their day sleeping and napping. Humans only use 8 hours of their day on average. And because dogs sleep more than humans, this means your canine gets to think about you more! It’s very touching that these affectionate creatures appreciate us humans so much that they can’t get us out of their minds even during sleep. About the Contributor: Rose writes for Petazi (PET A to Z Information), a resource for anything and everything related to dogs, cats, pets and...

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12 Famous Austin Insta-Pets You Need To Follow Right Now
Mar21

12 Famous Austin Insta-Pets You Need To Follow Right Now

Austin is such a dog-friendly city it’s often called “Dogstin.” From dog friendly breweries and restaurants, to lakeside dog parks, this city rolls out the red carpet for pups. So it’s no surprise the city is also full of Instagram famous dogs just waiting for you to follow them. We did the research to find Austin’s top dogs on Instagram so get out your phone and get busy following. Goose The Sheepadoodle – 13.1k followers This high-energy poodle and sheepdog mix loves getting down and dirty in creek beds and on long hikes. Ghost, ADogAndACat – 39.3k folowers Who says cats and dogs can’t get along? This cat and dog pair, Chai and Ghost are two beautiful pets in love. Hadley the Malshi – 21k followers What do you get when you mix one part Shih Tzu, one part Maltese, and one part Star Wars Ewok? Although she was born in California, this adorable Malshi quickly made her way to the Lone Star State. Bolt the Amstaff – 13k followers This handsome pitbull mix is a therapy dog in training who aims to teach people that when it comes to pitbulls, it’s the deed and not the breed! Kaxan The City Dog of Austin – 12k followers This pup had no idea what he was in for when he wandered up to local Austin news station KXAN. Now he’s a celebrity dog hitting up all of Austin’s biggest events. Albus The Frenchie – 4k followers Named after Hogwarts’ most famous wizard, this adorable Frenchie is a Gryffindor who loves ball pits and playtime. Henry and Petey – 26k followers What happens when you put two of world’s cutest dog breeds into one Instagram account? A total cuteness explosion of pug and frenchie adorableness. Teddy the Dox – 10.2k followers This fluffy weiner dog just celebrated his first birthday and loves wearing fancy bowties. Teddy the Dox – 14k followers Is it a dog…is it a cow? Only the size will let you know for sure. Moo is a little dog with big dairy cow spots. King Benelli – 10.3k followers Don’t let this golden lab’s sweet face fool you, sometimes he sports a touch mohawk. Olive and Luna – 11.3k followers What’s cuter than one boston terrier? TWO! These sisters from different misters could be mistaken for siblings Life Is Better With Chihuahua – 11.3k followers Talk about diva pups! Sunglass-wearing pups Bubba, Emery, and Harley cruise around town in their own little...

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The Best Way To Wash A Dog – Tips, Tricks and Hacks
Mar21

The Best Way To Wash A Dog – Tips, Tricks and Hacks

The Best Way To Wash A Dog – Tips, Tricks and Hacks Lady Bug Mon, 03/20/2017 – 17:30 Is your dirty dog stinking up your house? It might be time for a bath. While it may seem obvious to many how to bathe a dog, there are definitely tips, tricks and hacks to giving your dog a great bath. Keep reading to learn how to bathe your dog properly and most efficiently in your bathroom with less hassle and...

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PetsLady's Pick: Cute Three Dog Night Of The Day
Mar21

PetsLady's Pick: Cute Three Dog Night Of The Day

PetsLady’s Pick: Cute Three Dog Night Of The Day Laurie Kay Olson Tue, 03/21/2017 – 06:30 How can you tell if your child has been spending too much time with the family dogs? One is if they get fleas. Another is if they start snacking on...

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Petcube Brings The Pet Rescue Lounge Party To SXSW
Mar21

Petcube Brings The Pet Rescue Lounge Party To SXSW

Petcube headed down to Austin to bring SXSW the biggest pet paw-ty ever. The Pet Rescue Lounge brought together thousands of attendees and over 100 dogs in a celebration of all things furry and four-legged complete with a jumbo doggy ball pit, a cat rapper, and pet portraits. Partnered with Luuup litter box, DogVacay pet-sitting service, and Whistle pet tracker, Petcube’s Pet Rescue Lounge got SXSW attendees up close and personal with adoptable pets from Austin Humane Society and the Texas Humane Heroes. For the hundreds of dogs who came it was five star treatment complete with a green carpet photo opp from Prynt, doggy wine and snacks from Wellness and Apollo Peak, and an oversized green ball pit courtesy of Whistle. Guest of honor Manny the Frenchie, an Instagram famous pup with over a million followers, met with his fans atop a fancy throne by pet furnishing company Bricker & Bark. Later in the evening Portland’s own cat rapper, Moshow, took to the stage with his cat Ravioli to sling some feline freestylin’. In the VIP (Very Important Pups) lounge, human guests dined on snacks from ReadyPac and drinks from Rebbl while watch the festivities from the balcony and catching glimpses of clips of the new cat film, Kedi. Were you able to make our epic pet event? Find all of the photo wall photos here, and be sure to tag yourself and...

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