What plants are toxic to cats and dogs

Make sure you know which plants are most deadly to avoid your dog or cat from getting into these poisonous flowers and poisonous plants!
Autumn Crocus. …
Azalea. …
Cyclamen. …
Kalanchoe. …
Lilies. …
Oleander. …
Dieffenbachia. …
For more info see website:

Check out these non-toxic plants.

Money Tree. …
Palms. …
Spider Plant. …
Boston Fern. …
Tradescantia Zebrina. …
Wax Plant. …
African Violet. …
Moth Orchids.

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.

Your Pets and Valentine’s Day Danger & Prevention


We all LOVE giving and receiving Valentines sweets, gifts, flowers and cards. Chocolates, various edible fruit and nut arrangements, beautiful roses and other florals, gift wrappings and decorations. Our pets are definitely curious if these gifts are for them especially with their keen sense of smell. Unfortunately, each year pets become very sick and even worse we lose them due to ingesting hazardous toxins from these gifts.
Here are the top 5 things to Keep Out of Paws Rage to protect your pets:

  1. Chocolates and Candies
  2. Roses, Lilies and many other flowers
  3. Candles that are lit
  4. Decorations, bows, ribbons wrapping paper
  5. Stuffed animals not made for pets

This is a time when extra intriguing items are displayed in our living spaces which most of us share with our fur family. So be cautioned to keep the areas safe.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Pets Need Dental Health Too!


February is National Pet Dental Health Month! If left untreated, plaque and tartar buildup can lead to painful periodontal disease. As with many health issues, prevention is the best medicine.

Here are some ways you can take a proactive role in keeping your pet’s teeth healthy.

Brush their teeth! It might take patience and practice, and some treats or rewards, but eventually it can even turn into a bonding experience. Make sure to use toothpaste that’s safe for pets. Brush gently for 30 seconds on each side of their mouth at least every other day.

Dental treats, toys and food: While not as effective as teeth brushing, products that are specifically designed to promote oral health are a good alternative. Check for the Seal of Acceptance from the Veterinary Oral Health Council to ensure the product meets the standards for effective plaque and tartar control.

Regular dental exams: Just like humans, pets need to have their teeth and gums checked by a vet once or twice a year. A basic dental exam can usually be done without sedation, unless your pet becomes aggressive or they are in pain.

Diet: Overall health begins with a good diet, but many dental health problems can be caused by malnutrition. Ask your vet for recommendations if your pet has nutrition issues that need to be addressed.
Keeping your pet’s teeth and gums healthy has tremendous benefits—some studies have shown that maintaining oral health can add up to five years to your pet’s life.

Dog Rocks, What are they?

Dog Rocks

I know I was wondering the same thing. What the heck are they and what do they do. I was doing a pet sit for one of my clients and noticed these in a jug of water in the refrigerator with a note attached telling me what it was. So these rocks help to remove the nitrates in your dog’s drinking water and they prevent urine stains on your beautiful green lawns. Dog Rocks are non-invasive – in fact all you need to do is put them in your dog’s drinking bowl. I probably wouldn’t advise you to leave the rocks in the water bowls because if you’re dogs are anything like mine they would try to chew or eat them.  As the rocks sit in the water, removing any small amounts of rubbish, including Tin, Ammonia and Nitrates. Best of all, while this is happening, the rocks do not alter the pH level of the water or your pet’s urine. Technically speaking, dog rocks are a unique natural remedy for turning your dog’s pee into a fertilizer, and provides a stable matric and micro porous medium, in which active components are made to act as a water purifier instead of an acidic fluid. – you will be giving your dog a cleaner source of water by using Dog Rocks. They do need to be replaced every 2 months. Dog Rocks can be purchased from, Walmart and .

Does your dog wear Doggles?

A note from Bosley Rhoades – Keep your pup’s gorgeous eyes safe this summer!

dog wear Doggles

Doggles can be purchased from

Does your Dog’s nose look like this?

Dog’s nose

I have always wondered what this was. I often notice that some of my older fur clients have this. Even my own dog Bosley has it.  This looks like when a human gets dry, chapped lips and you know how painful that is, well this is dry, cracked skin and painful for a dog. I have seen snout balm in the pet stores. So now I know what snout balm is used for. So what causes this you ask? The weather, extreme heat or cold. Exposure to the sun can cause your dog’s nose to become sunburned. During winter the skin is prone to drying out (just like human lips do). Allergies to food, plastic water dishes or toys.  Dehydration and any medical issues such as canine skin disorders can cause dry nose. Be sure to check with your vet if your fur baby experiences this.

Pet Rescue Donation Drive

Pet Rescue Donation Drive

On behalf of Pampered Paws and their clients we have collected some items for Mostly Mutts Pet Rescue that were delivered to their facility today. I was able to tour their beautiful and brand new shelter. I got to see all the sweet little doggies and kittens that are all up for adoption. So if anyone is interested in adding to their family be sure to check out Mostly Mutts. They are located right here in Kennesaw.  See website for more info.

In-Home Pet Sitting vs. Boarding

Going on vacation should be a relaxing, worry-free event that is fun for the entire family.  However, all too often it can be difficult for pet parents not to fret about their fur babies when away from home. To ease anxiety, many pet owners are turning away from traditional boarding and towards in-home pet sitting in order to help pets feel more comfortable and to also put their minds at ease.


What does in-home pet sitting entail?
Typically, an in-home pet sitter will go to a person’s home 2 – 3 times per day to feed, exercise, potty, and play with a dog.  In some instances, a pet sitter may stay in the home for the entire duration of the pet owner’s vacation.  Most pet sitters also offer additional services, such as bringing in the mail, taking garbage to the curb, watering plants, and making the house look “lived in” during a long absence.


What are the advantages of in-home pet sitting?
The number one advantage of hiring a pet sitter is to allow a pet to feel more comfortable during the owner’s vacation.  Boarding facilities can be chaotic, especially for animals unused to other dogs or loud noises.  For pets that are not typically confined to a crate, being placed in a small kennel or dog run can be confusing or even traumatic, especially for dogs that have been adopted from an animal shelter.  For dogs that have canine aggression issues, a pet-sitter may be the only option.