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April 8, 2013

CRITTER COMPANIONS: Spring cleaning for your pets

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Tonawanda News — In addition to improving driving, this will prevent your pets from having flying debris and insects caught in their eyes, ears or mouth. Having a secured pet will also aid in their overall health if you need to stop quickly, make a sharp turn or get in an accident. Be smart, safe and proactive.

In addition to weeds, plants could be growing in and around your house, which be poisonous to your pet. Azalea, Caladium, Daylily, Lily of the Valley, Morning Glory, Tiger Lily and Tulips are some spring flowers that have been reported as poisonous to dogs, cats or rabbits. The ASPCA includes a more comprehensive list if you are concerned about your landscaping plans. In addition to listing what is toxic, they also list what is safe and lists can appear specifically for cats, dogs or horses. Both common and scientific names are available.

Fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides keep our gardens vigorous and lush, but their ingredients could be deadly to our pets. Always store these poisonous products in common sense areas like closed shelves or cabinets. The USDA checks at their yearly inspection of zoological institutions if cleaning products are in the same area as animal food. It is okay if they are, but everything must be labeled and if on shelves, animal food must be designated to the higher shelves, with cleaning supplies below. This is an easy and important fix to ensure no contamination. 

Pet safety and spring cleaning can be your excuse to re-do your closet.

Kenny Coogan has a B.S. in animal behavior. Please email your questions to birdbehaviorconsultant@yahoo.com, or search for "Critter Companions by Kenny Coogan" on Facebook.

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