21 Plants That Are Safe for Cats and Dogs

There are two things we love deeply in life: plants and pets. The bad news is that many common plants are not safe for cats and dogs. Certain plants can be toxic to pets when ingested, sometimes causing seizures, tremors, or worse. Even the most well-behaved animals are bound to take a bite of a houseplant at some point, so we reached out to New Jersey veterinarian Dr. Judy Morgan for her advice on how to select greenery that won’t harm the four-legged friends in our lives. Since we strongly endorse adding greenery to your home to clean your air

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Thousands of hedgehogs at wildlife rescue centre fed and happy thanks to donations

Photo credit: ANNEYP - Getty Images
Photo credit: ANNEYP – Getty Images

From Country Living

Over three thousand hedgehogs have been fed at Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue Centre in the past year thanks to Spike’s Hedgehog Food’s donations and a £25,000 financial boost.

The centre, which forms part of the Amazing Grace the Hedgehog campaign, receives a percentage from each sale of Spike’s Hedgehog Food, alongside food donations, to help feed and accommodate the hedgehogs. They also fund education and awareness campaigns across the country.

The support has been a welcome relief for the centre during COVID-19 in particular, with dwindling donations as a result of

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Illinois Coronavirus Update Aug. 4: 184,712 Cases, 7,545 Deaths

ILLINOIS — State health officials on Tuesday announced 1,471 new cases of the coronavirus and 19 additional deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus, bringing the statewide total to 183,712 confirmed infections and 7,545 known deaths. Another 1,281 probable cases and 197 probable deaths are not included in the official totals.

The latest deaths include:

  • Adams County: 1 male 70s

  • Cook County: 1 teen, 1 female 50s, 1 unknown 60s, 1 male 70s, 1 female 80s

  • DuPage County: 2 males 80s, 1 male 90s

  • Iroquois County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 80s

  • Mercer County: 1 female 80s,

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The disturbing rise in the illegal jaguar trade

A jaguar carcass being transported from the forest in Suriname using a canoe: World Animal Protection
A jaguar carcass being transported from the forest in Suriname using a canoe: World Animal Protection

A bewildering array of products derived from jaguar parts are driving an alarming increase in the poaching and trafficking of one of Latin America’s most iconic species.

Conservationists have reported that jaguar teeth and claws are being marketed as must-have accessories to tourists taking part in traditional ayahuasca ceremonies in Peru. A separate investigation uncovered tubs of a glue-like black paste, made from boiled jaguar carcasses, being smuggled to Asia as an expensive arthritis cure. Jaguar cubs are also known to have been scooped

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The Yorkshire Vet talks tearaway goats, sock-swallowing dogs and all creatures great and small

Photo credit: Gary Longbottom
Photo credit: Gary Longbottom

From Country Living

On a vet’s operating table in a North Yorkshire market town, a Labrador’s life hangs in the balance. Julian Norton’s patient, Bea, seems to have eaten something she shouldn’t. Earlier in the week, the dog’s owners noticed Bea and her litter of puppies playing with a sock that mysteriously disappeared moments later.

Julian’s fears are well grounded. “This is bad,” he says, under his breath. One piece of the fabric is lodged in the intestine, the other in the stomach. It takes a careful, two-stage operation for Julian to remove the now fetid,

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