Houseplant Safety for Pets

You love your furry kids, your cats and dogs. When trying to add a little more life to your home with the help of some plants, you could be putting your animals at risk. Not all plants are safe for pets, and some can be deadly. Avoid vet bills or even worse, heartbreak from a lost pet, and make sure the plants around your home are safe! We’ve put all the information about plants here for you, including a printable of some common plants you will love and ones to avoid.

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Meet the Daily Mom Pets

This month, we are celebrating pets here at Daily Mom. So many of us have pets as important members of our families and we want to introduce them to you. Our pets fit into our families differently and while they might give us a little trouble now and then, we can’t imagine our lives without them. These are some of the Daily Mom Pets. 

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5 Benefits of Raising Backyard Chickens

Ask anyone who raises backyard chickens and they’ll tell you how much they love their flock. You’ll probably get more information than you bargained for! Chicken owners are so enthusiastic about chickens, in part because when kept as part of a small backyard flock, they’re pets. 

Chickens are like dogs or cats – each one has a personality with its own favorite pastimes, food preferences, and even its own distinct voice. Some chickens like to cluck around the yard alone rather than as part of the group. Some like to loudly announce to the world when they’ve laid an egg. And some prefer pizza crusts to leftover vegetables.

Whether you’re interested in the farm-to-table movement, you want to teach your kids about where their food comes from, or you just like being self-sufficient, there are plenty of reasons to keep your own chickens. If you’ve ever considered a little backyard flock of your own, here are 5 benefits to raising backyard chickens.

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8 ways to keep a clean house with a cat

Did you know that 46% of all American households “own” at least one cat

For those of us who live with a cat, we know that they are wonderful companions and can reduce stress with a simple purr. Unfortunately, while we consider these adorable balls of fur part of the family, not everyone that visits our homes love the smell or hair that cats seem to leave behind.  

Just because you have a cat does not mean that other people should know it the moment they walk through your front door. And while having a cat (or pet of any kind) may add a little more time to your workload, we know that keeping a clean house with cats is not impossible — it just requires some extra work. With that in mind, today we discuss 8 ways to keep your house clean with a cat. 

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Homemade Dog Food and Treats

Homemade Dog Food and Treats

Your dog is a member of the family and probably gets treated like it most of the time, from plush dog beds to professional grooming every other month. Most people want the best for their furry friends, instinctively.  But, have you ever thought about what you’re feeding your beloved dog day after day? It’s probably safe to assume that most of us are feeding a commercial dog food, whether it be wet or dry. Sure, it’s relatively inexpensive and convenient but the nutrition in most commercial dog food is severely lacking. Let’s explore nutritional requirements for Fido and learn how to make easy and affordable homemade dog food.

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Pet Allergens: Facts and Tips

If you have pets, you probably consider them part of the family. Your beautiful feline is your late night companion as you work behind the glow of your laptop screen and your lively puppy falls right into place with the kids, following them happily as they go about their backyard adventures. But what happens when your toddler suddenly begins sneezing around your beloved fur babies? Or your friends toss out unsolicited “warnings” about the potential of having to toss your kitty to the curb when the new baby arrives? There’s a lot of misinformation bouncing around when it comes to pet allergens. We’ve rounded up the simple facts and some tips that will help you create a harmonious home with your family and your pets. 

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Decoding The Kibble: What’s Really In Your Pet’s Food?

“Made with real meat.”

“Chicken is the #1 ingredient.”

“Your pet deserves the best.”

“Complete nutrition for your pet.”

These popular slogans, or variations of them, can be found on the bags and cans of some of the most popular and established pet food companies on the market today. With so many options, it can be a daunting task to choose which brand is right for your pet’s overall health and well-being. So many of them make these empty promises, claiming to be the absolute best and most health conscious in the production of their products. But how can you know for sure that what they are “selling” you is actually what you are getting? While you think you are providing your pet with the healthiest and most nutritious food by choosing the most popular brands, you might actually be doing them more harm than good.

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Skip the Vet: Home Remedies for Dogs

Fido is not feeling 100%, but you want to wait it out before you take him to the veterinary hospital. We have all been there at one point or another. Luckily, some minor sicknesses can be treated at home with medicines or kitchen essentials you may already have. Here are a few at-home solutions for puppy’s little ailments.

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Toxic Foods You May Be Giving Your Pets

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We’ve all been there; the doorbell’s ringing, the baby’s crying, dinner is burning in the oven and the dog is sitting on the table licking the breakfast plates clean. (Yes, it’s 6 PM and they’re still there.) It might come up as the opener to a joke you tell your neighbor while gathering the mail the next morning. “Well, at least I didn’t have to do the dishes!”

While you may think your beloved pet is lending you a helping hand, letting him sneak some table scraps now and then might actually be doing him harm. A number of human food items are quite toxic to cats and dogs.  Before you slip some leftovers in your dog’s bowl tonight or turn your back at the sight of your toddler dropping niblets into your kitty’s mouth from her high chair, take a look at this list of the most toxic foods and be sure to keep them away from your fury pals.

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