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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Poinsettias: Are They Poisonous or Dangerous To Pets?

It never fails, every year around the Christmas Holiday we get questions about poinsettias as to whether or not they are poisonous to cats and dogs. The short answer is poinsettias in the house with pets should not be a major concern. In fact, the poinsettia may not even be toxic. If anything, they have only been found to be mildly toxic at worst, and should not hurt an animal or human unless an exorbitant amount of plants or leaves were ingested.  

If your pet should eat any, some symptoms to watch for include mild gastrointestinal problems and an upset stomach, but the truth is poinsettias are not a dangerous threat to your pets. If vomiting, or diarrhea occurs, a trip to the veterinarian may be in order, but the chances of that happening are extremely slim.

If you have reason to believe your pet has eaten some of your poinsettias and has symptoms of drooling, vomiting, or diarrhea, contact your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Hotline immediately. 

As an interesting side note, there are some other plants that could be harmful to your pets including holly and mistletoe as well as lilies. It has been determined that in some cases it could only take a couple of bites from the lilly flower to cause acute kidney failure in cats. 

The bottom line is it's always a good idea to play it safe, and try to keep your holiday plants out of reach from your pets. While some of these plants may be mildly toxic, please don't let any exaggerated stories keep you from enjoying your flowers during the season! Chances are your pets will be just fine even if they do eat a leaf or two of your poinsettia!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Grocery Store Flowers or Local Florist?

Have you ever noticed how flowers from a grocery store or other big box retailer never last as long and stay as vivid as ones from a florist? Here's a few things to consider when thinking about purchasing flowers from a grocery store, big box retailer or from your local florist.

Grocery stores normally provide cheaper, less vibrant flowers, and they tend to package their flowers with rather indifferent care compared to the personalized attention they receive from a florist. A florist has specialty coolers to keep flowers at their peak, and their employees are experienced in providing the care and handling that various different types of flowers require. A local florist has trained professionals providing many of the services relating to flowers and their presentation that a grocer will not have, and your local florist has the infrastructure, contacts, knowledge and ability to consistently provide their services along with their higher quality flowers as needed, in large or small quantities.

Simply put: if you need a good cut of meat, then the grocery store or meat market is your go to source. If flowers are what you need, then a florist is your place. Make a statement that says you care. Give the gift of flowers from your local florist and leave a lasting impression! It not only supports local business, but you get far better quality of flowers and arrangements!