Family Time: Spring tips for pet owners

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Tip of the Week

Here are five of the American Veterinary Medical Association's spring tips for pet owners:

- Fleas and ticks: The preventative treatments that you may have discontinued in the winter should start early in the spring to keep your pet's coat, and your home, free of pests.

- Lawn fertilizers: These are very toxic to pets. Store fertilizers in a place far from where your dog or cat -- and children -- can get at it. After applying it to your lawn, follow manufacturer instructions on how long you should wait before allowing your pet into the area. 

- Pesticides and herbicides: Even when these chemicals aren’t lethal, there are some long-term health concerns, such as cancer. If your pet is exposed, wash them with soap and water immediately and call your veterinarian.

- Cocoa bean mulch: It's becoming common to mulch a garden with the fragrant spent shells of cocoa beans. But just like chocolate, dogs like to eat them, and they are toxic.

- Lilies: Lilies are a flower common in the spring, and they are very, very toxic to cats.

-- ARA

Family Screening Room

“Jonas Brothers 3D Concert Experience”

Rated: G

Length: 1:16

Synopsis: The Jonas Brothers head to the big screen in a high-energy Walt Disney Pictures rockumentary feature film event from director Bruce Hendricks (“Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert”). The film blends excerpts from the brothers’ “Burning Up” concert tour with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, off-the-wall segments, a never-before-heard song (“Love Is On Its Way”), swarming fans and a lot of JB-style humor — giving fans never-before-seen insights into the lives of Kevin, Joe and Nick.

Violence/gore rating: 1

Sexual-content rating: 1.5

Profanity rating: 1

Scary/tense-moments rating: 1

Drugs/alcohol rating: 1

Family Time rating: 1. This movie is a look at the squeaky-clean Jonas Brothers, so there’s not much of anything that’s inappropriate. 

(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)

Book Report

“Gooney Bird Is So Absurd,” by Lois Lowry (author) and Middy Thomas (illustrator)

Ages: 9 to 12

Pages: 112

It’s a cold January at Watertower Elementary School -- the perfect weather for Gooney Bird Greene to break out her special brain-warming hat. It's a good thing she has one; Gooney Bird's brain will need to be as warm as possible this month, because Mrs. Pidgeon is teaching her class about poetry. Gooney Bird will need all the inspiration her brain can muster to organize the most important poem the class has ever written. This is the fourth title in Lowry's popular series.

Did You Know

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Kids Kitchen: Corned Beef Pizza

2 cups of shredded green cabbage (about 1/4 head)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

1 pizza crust (such as Boboli)

1/4 pound thinly sliced corned beef

2 cups grated mozzarella cheese

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray. In a large skillet, saute the cabbage in the olive oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until it is soft. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper, and remove from the heat. Place the pizza crust on the baking sheet. Spoon the sauteed cabbage onto the crust and spread it out evenly to within half an inch of the edge. Arrange the corned beef slices over the cabbage. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the corned beef. Bake the pizza for 10 to 15 minutes, until the cheese is thoroughly melted and the pizza is nice and hot. Cut into wedges and serve immediately. Serves 6. (

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