Celebrating Safety with Pets

Submitted by: CBS Animal Hospital, 4 Coffee Creek Place 

Throughout the year there are many opportunities for celebration that brings family and friends together in the home. Most celebrations involve special foods and decorations, many of which can be hazardous to your pet. At CBS Animal Hospital, we want to make sure your furry friends stay healthy and happy the whole year through!

Toxic foods for animals include alcoholic beverages, chocolate, coffee, onions, fatty food, salt, and yeast dough. Chocolate is by far the most common offender. It is often plentiful around the home, particularly during special occasions, and is very attractive to dogs. If your pet ingests any of these foods, please call your veterinarian immediately.

Wrapped gifts pose another source of danger. Dogs (and cats) have been known to open presents when their people aren’t watching. Cats are especially attracted to ribbon and may accidentally ingest it when playing. Keep an eye on your pets when there are presents around.

There are many beautiful plants that are associated with special occasions that can be dangerous to your pets. These include lilies, poinsettias, mistletoe, and holly. It is a great idea to keep these away from your pets (especially cats).

Other hazards to be aware of are human medications. Many of the toxicities seen in veterinary medicine are related to a dog or cat ingesting a medication that was meant for a person. Please keep all medications out of reach and call your veterinarian if accidental ingestion occurs.

By taking these precautions you can help ensure that all members of your family celebrate safely.



Spring Into Summer Without All That Clutter!

Submitted by: Makeover Your Mess, 29 Pond Road

Lets face it, we all have a least one area in our home that has been a little neglected. You may have a small drawer in your kitchen, an entire room, or multiple rooms in your home that need organization. The good news is that organization can be quite simple. Think of it this way, you either need more storage OR you need less stuff. Most people today have too much stuff, which means it’s time to de-clutter!

To get you started on a fresh new space without clutter you’ll need these tips:

  • Be prepared, keep it simple.
  • You will need: boxes, tape, bags, and a marker.
  • Set a time limit before you begin. Usually 20 minutes is plenty to get started without becoming overwhelmed.
  • Focus on one item at a time, deciding which items to keep, which to toss, and which to donate.
    • Remember to ask yourself:  Do I need it? If so, why? Can it be donated? Is it causing unwanted clutter?
  • Donate your unwanted clutter to a local charity & help someone less fortunate.
  • Once you have completed one area of your home make sure to reward yourself!

Now that you have put in the time and effort into becoming more organized it will be easier to continue living in a stress free, organized home. Set aside a few minutes each day to keep everything streamlined and you will love your life without all that clutter!

Before and After


Best Tips to Keep You Cold & Flu-Free This Season!

Submitted by: The Place of Natural Healing, 21 Murphys Lane

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Use tissue when you cough or sneeze—most cold and flu viruses are spread by direct contact. Don’t sneeze into your hand and then touch an object.  The virus may be transferred to the next person touching that object.  Sneeze into a tissue or cough/sneeze into the inside of your elbow.
  • Eat a nutrient dense, toxin-free diet of organic dark green, red, and yellow vegetables; fruits; bone broth soups; liver and cod liver oil to give you a supercharged boost during our cold, damp months.
  • Exercise to increase your body’s natural virus killing cells.
  • Relax to increase your immune response against cold and flu viruses.
  • Sleep, especially during the cold winter months, to optimize your immune function.  Lack of sleep and rest may elevate inflammatory markers reducing the protective capability of your immune system.
  • Take extra nutrients in the winter months such as liquid vitamin D3 drops daily during the cold, dark winter months.

If, in spite of our best efforts, a virus slips through our defenses, we should rely on safe and effective natural medicines rather than conventional pharmaceuticals that have potentially unsafe side-effects.  If you don’t know where to start, I have found that one of the most effective natural medicines available is Herbal Gem certified organic botanical products to naturally help beat colds and flu. To your health—Naturally!


It’s Never Too Late for Education

Submitted by: Academy Canada, 444 Conception Bay Highway

Newfoundland and Labrador is currently undergoing one of the biggest economic booms in its history!  With skilled labour shortages dominating the news headlines and megaprojects growing daily, the province needs all of the workers it can find. Regrettably, some people are being prevented from finding their place in this new economy because they lack the training and educational background needed for the in-demand jobs.  For many, their academic preparation begins with getting a High School diploma.

Fortunately, people who did not graduate as teenagers are now able to earn High School credits as part of the government-approved Adult Basic Education (ABE) program. Working at their own pace, students complete a wide range of courses and earn between 1-36 credits that mirror the secondary school program.  The diploma that is issued has all the same value as what is earned by completing Level III in secondary school.

Tips to Extend the Life of This Year’s Fresh Wreath!

Submitted by: Hickey’s Greenhouse and Nursery, 782 Conception Bay Highway

There’s no need to throw away your fresh wreath just because Christmas is over! The wreath itself can remain green and last well into May. It never hurts to mist your greens weekly (or more often if you choose) to extend the life of your wreath. Most of the decorations are wired on, so you can take them off and replace them with decorations to celebrate all the holidays of the winter season! Snowflakes and snowmen are perfect for the winter season. In February, decorate your wreath for Valentine’s Day! Add some shamrocks and leprechauns in March to create a St. Patrick’s Day decoration. In April, dress it up for Easter! If it is still hanging in May, decorate it for Mother’s Day. By doing these things, you’re getting more bang for the money you spend on your Christmas wreath! This can easily be done for a fresh urn arrangement for your entrance as well.

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