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In the spirit of fun and Spring, here are some ideas for 13 DIY projects at home from Organic Authority. Projects include tin can lanterns, colander planters, bike wheel garden trellis, mason jar planters and many more. Happy Spring everyone!

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Spring Is In The Air!

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After a much anticipated end to the cold, Spring warmth has melted the snow. As a token of our appreciation, we have been sharing a little box of bulbs with our patients at their scheduled dental appointments, to plant in their gardens. The bulbs are a Dutch Iris Mix and here are some planting suggestions for anyone with questions.

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  • Botanical Name Iris hollandica
  • Form Perennial
  • Hardiness Zone 4-9
  • Flowering Time Late Spring – Early Summer
  • Light Requirements Full Sun;Half Sun / Half Shade
  • Flower Color Mixture of various colors
  • Flower Form Flowers are fan-shaped, with three drooping petals calles falls and three upright petals called standards
  • Foliage Type Medium green, grass-like foliage
  • Growth Rate Medium
  • Zones 4 to 9
  • Height/Habit 18-24″
  • Spread Under 6 inches
  • Planting Instructions 4″ deep and 3 – 4″ apart
  • Soil Requirements Well drained
  • Will Tolerate Clay Soil;Loamy Soil;Sandy Soil
  • Pruning After blooming, cut the withered flower at the top of the stem to prevent seed production and then allow the leaves to wither and turn brown before removing them. The green leaves provide nourishment for the bulbs.
  • Unique Characteristics Elegant blooms in rich hues of blue, purple, yellow and white. Bulbs multiply each year for an ever-expanding show in beds, borders and cutting gardens. Create a rich bouquet of these beauties for all to enjoy.
  • dutch iris mix

The Tooth of the Matter

Ninety-one percent of dogs and 85% of cats over 3 years old show signs of oral disease. While tooth and gum issues are common, they’re also highly preventable. Take matters into your own hands to keep our pets from being all bark and no bite.

Consult/ Ask your vet whether your dog or cat needs a professional cleaning. If it’s a severe or complicated situation, request a referral to a veterinary dentist. The procedure should be done under anesthesia and can cost between $200 and $600.

Shop/ Purchase supplies for home cleanings. Buy a small, soft-bristled toothbrush or a finger brush (a cotton swab works for cats), and be sure to select pet-friendly toothpaste flavors, like poultry for dogs and fish for cats.

Clean/ Let your pet lick toothpaste off your finger. s he gets used to the taste, try brushing a tooth or two. Work up to the entire mouth over a few weeks, then aim to brush every day.

Maintain/ Give your pet tartar-fighting Veterinary Oral Health Council-approved treats and food designed for dental health, and clean the toothbrush in the dishwasher once a week to prevent bacteria.

Follow Up/ Make sure your pet gets a dental exam during his annual physical.

* Article was posted in Family Circle- March 2015


Here’s a short video on how to clean your dog’s teeth, starring our very own Joanne Simpson along with Tank.