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  • If you use SERESTO Collars for your pets, you need to STOP and read this article!

Seresto works by releasing small amounts of TWO pesticides on your pet. Through June 2020, the EPA has received more than 75,000 incident reports related to the collars, including nearly 1,000 involving human harm (rashes and seizures) and at least 1,698 reports of PET DEATHS! Please find a safe alternative, non-collar prevention for your pets.



  • Do you use essential oils in your home? If so, please make sure that the ones you have are not toxic for your pets. The vet and the poison control are saying that they see these cases often now that the popularity of essential oil is growing. According to veterinarians here is a list of essential oils not to use if you have a cat or a dog at home. These are toxic whether they are applied to the skin OR used in diffusers and they can be different for dogs and cats.
    Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
    Birch (Betula)
    Bitter Almond (Prunus dulcis)
    Boldo (Peumus boldus)
    Calamus (Acorus calamus)
    Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora)
    Cassia (Cassia fistula)
    Chenopodium (Chenopodium album)
    Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum)
    Garlic (Allium sativum)
    Goosefoot (Chenopodium murale)
    Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana)
    Hyssop (Hyssopus sp. with the exception of Decumbens)
    Juniper (Juniperus sp. with the exception of Juniper Berry)
    Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)
    Mustard (Brassica juncea)
    Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
    Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)
    Red or White Thyme
    Rue (Ruta graveolens)
    Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus)
    Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
    Savory (Satureja)
    Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
    Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
    Terebinth (Pistacia palaestina)
    Thuja (Thuja occidentalis)
    Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
    Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
    Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)


  • Deadly Dog and Cat Food Recall Expands 1/12/21

    The FDA has announced that Midwestern Pet Food is expanding its recent recall to include more brands and over 1000 lots of its dog and cat foods because they contain potentially deadly levels of aflatoxin.
    FDA is aware of at least 70 deaths and 80 illnesses in dogs who ate the affected products.
    For full details, please visit the following link:



  • Products in the  “SOL” FAMILY are TOXIC TO CATS!

    What is in Lysol that is toxic to cats?
    Phenol is especially toxic to cats as their unique physiology makes their livers ill-equipped to clear it from their system. In addition to cleaners like Lysol, many essential oils such as thyme and tea-tree oils contain dangerous amounts of this chemical compound.



  •  Telemedicine is helping to connect pet owners with providers and additional tools and care options for their pets after hours and during challenging times. a health services news website investigated the most popular online pet care and veterinary services platforms and identified the highest quality and most convenient options. You can view their selection here:



  •  Heat stroke in cats – symptoms and prevention
    It’s heating up outside! If your feline friend spends any time outdoors, it’s a good idea to know what symptoms to look out for. Read on to learn about indications of and ways to prevent heat stroke in cats from our friends at Sure Petcare®.
    Heat Stroke in Cats — Symptoms and Prevention



  • Pet Natural Disaster Checklist and Emergency Plan
    Think ahead now and be prepared if disasters happen to strike your area. Never leave your pets at home. If it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets to be there either! Make a plan for them now and have all the needed items in a waterproof kit.


  • Introducing Pro Plan LiveClear Allergen Reducing Cat Food
    Do you have allergies to cat dander? If so, there is a revolutionary new cat food shown to reduce the allergens in cat hair and dander by an average of 47% starting in the third week of daily feeding.







  • How Strong Are Animal Protection Laws Near You?
    Every year, the Animal Legal Defense Fund releases our U.S. State Animal Protection Laws Rankings Report™. This report is the most up-to-date, comprehensive record of animal protection laws in every state. See how your state compares and the work needed to be done.


  • No-kill 2025 halftime report by Julie Castle of Best Friends Animal Society
    This drive to collect shelter-by-shelter data evolved into the first-of-its-kind shelter data visualization tool, the pet lifesaving dashboard, which provides anyone with access to it with information about what’s happening in their local animal shelters.


  • Stop killing so many cats and dogs: Why are so-called animal rights groups opposed to legislation that would save shelter pets?  vbbbvhpfqvcfpmum7txrjzwqhu-story.html?fbclid=IwAR07hVAQCFxAlqleplD3Jlcv2cQqwex1L_w00gFaVNc_J_UZ02_Ho9ke8wA



  Book –Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die by Jon Katz


  • In today’s busy society, cats are much safer being indoor only. If you have a screened porch, cats can enjoy the best of both worlds by getting fresh air while still being safe from cars, other critters, fleas, ticks, and diseases or just chasing after something and getting lost. If you don’t have a screened porch, how about building a catio?


Man Builds Elaborate Outdoor Play Land For His Rescue Cats: 

  • How about installing some indoor shelving for your cats to climb on? What cat wouldn’t love this! 

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