Tips On Shar­ing A Home With Pets And Plants

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com­pletely poi­sonous, such as iris and lilies, oth­ers can be safe when han­dled in­tel­li­gently. As long as their bulbs are dis­carded, tulips, daf­fodils and but­ter­cups are a beau­ti­ful and safe way to bring na­ture in­doors.

In the spring, be sure not to plant aza­leas, prim­roses or gera­ni­ums, which are en­tirely poi­sonous to dogs and cats. Con­sider plant­ing im­pa­tiens, sun­flow­ers or petu­nias in­stead, as they are all safe and will add color and beauty to your out­door space.

Flo­ral dec­o­ra­tions are not solely rel­e­gated to spring­time, how­ever. The win­ter hol­i­days are a pop­u­lar time to cel­e­brate with sea­sonal plants, so be mind­ful as you dec­o­rate. Cats and dogs should stay away from holly and mistle­toe-both of which con­tain poi­sonous berries-and English ivy and poin­set­tia plants, whose leaves, flow­ers and stems are toxic. For more in­for­ma­tion about plants that are haz­ardous to your pets, visit www.pet­side.com/ plants. _Pet­side.com is an online des_ti­na­tion for pet own­ers and pet _en­thu­si­asts from Dig­i­tal­works @ NBCU and Proc­ter & Gam­ble _Pro­duc­tions, Inc.

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