March is Pet Poison Prevention Month

March is Pet Poison Prevention Month

Many toxins that are harmful to our pets are extremely common so it is vital that all pet owners know what to do in case of an emergency. The ASPCA has released their free Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) Mobile App for iPhones and Androids to raise awareness. The app features information on substances that can be harmful for many species of pets as well as the actions that need to be taken if ingested by a pet. The app also has quick access to the hotline for immediate access to a toxicologist.

            To best protect your pet, make sure that your animals cannot access chemicals such as cleaners, rodent bait, and anti-freeze. In addition, some of the most common poisons to both cats and dogs include; vitamins, mouse or rat poison, and medications. Some of our foods can be dangerous to our pets such as alcohol, chocolate, caffeine, and citrus. Knowing what is dangerous to your pets is the best way to protect them! For more information and full lists of what can be harmful for your pet, visit the Animal Poison Control website at:

Cat Litter Explained


Ever wonder why there are so many types of cat litter? Like us, most of our cats have preferences including toward their litter! Keep in mind that most cats are not a huge fan of change so unless there is a problem, there should not be a big rush to change litter. If you’re not sure what type of your cat would like best, it is recommended to try multiple types and let your pet decide.

Until now, clay litter has been most popular. They are most cost efficient and come in two types; clumping and non-clumping. One reason for their recent decline is that they can cause respiratory issues in cats. Clumping clay litter is not biodegradable. While non-clumping clay litter is biodegradable, it poses a higher risk of respiratory issues and is less odor-absorbing.

Corn or Pine litter is biodegradable, does not pose respiratory problems, is cheaper, and typically lasts longer than clay litters. Although, some cats do not prefer the added or natural scents common in these litters.

Paper is less commonly used but environmentally friendly! Recycled paper litters are extremely absorbent, biodegradable and have no dust – aka no respiratory issues. It is reviewed as very easy scooping.

Crystals are costlier. These litters last the longest. Made of gel crystals, they are highly absorbent, keeping smells down, but are harder to scoop because they do not form clumps.