Reducing chemicals in the home

April. It's All About Kids and Pets!

April is National Autism Awareness Month. It’s also the month we celebrate National Pet Day, National Kids and Pets Day and National Library Week. Over the course of just one month, we shine a light on kids, pets, the challenges of autism, and reading. This gives me the happy opportunity to highlight several remarkable programs that all share a common denominator: the special relationship between kids and pets.

Air Fresheners -- Why They Really Stink

When we waken to the stale aroma of last night’s dinner, or catch a whiff of the litter box, what do we do? Chances are, we grab a can of air freshener or light a scented candle.  Problem solved!  Or not. In fact, we may have created an even bigger problem.

Toxic Pet Toys?? 13 Steps to Choosing Safe Toys for your pet

Are our pets’ toys harmful? Even toxic?  I'm afraid the answer is yes.  At least some of them are, primarily because of the chemicals they contain. Here are 13 steps to choosing safe toys for your pet.

Natural Flea Prevention: 10 Alternatives to Toxic Chemicals

We Americans spend about a billion dollars a year on products that we hope will protect our pets from fleas. No one can blame us for wanting to avoid these nasty little guys; but the use of toxic chemicals must be weighed against the dangers they pose to the health of our pets and our families, particularly our children.

Flea Collars--Why They Should Be a Last Resort

Fleas, of course, are best known for making a pet’s life miserable with persistent scratching; but they can also transmit disease and tapeworms, and severe infestations can lead to life-threatening anemia in your pet.  So why not just buckle a flea collar around your pet’s neck, or squeeze a tiny tube of spot-on treatment between their shoulder blades, and call it a day?  Good question!