WARNING TO ALL DOG OWNERS.

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Only 3 grams of the chemical "XYLITOL" is enough to kill a 65pound dog AND QUICKLY !!!!!
XYLITOL is found in sugar free chewing gum.
I do have owners stories whose dogs have come into contact with XYLITOL.
This substance causes dogs to secrete insulin so their blood sugar drops very quickly, the second thing that happens is liver failure !

We all know how young dogs and puppies have a nose for anything that is about and if they are not watched they can chew anything, if family or friends chew gum especially the sugar free type, make sure the dog cannot get to it.

Just thought you would like this information.

Peter

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its a good thing i dont chew gum

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I've heard that before, Pete, but it's a good reminder to everyone to make sure things that are potentially dangerous are totally out of our dog's reach---inside a drawer or somewhere that they cant possibly get to it.  Thanks for the post.

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No problem mate, a reminder of anything like that can only be for the good if it saves any suffering of our animals "eh" ?

Well I am bit "cheesed off" so far this morning, one of those days, outside it is dull, overcast really depressing, still never mind we all have those days.

Buster has been for his walk and is now fast asleep...peace reigns for a bit LOL,

 

See "yer",

Pete.

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Thank you so much for this-

Cisco tries to eat my gum out of my purse on a daily basis- I always catch him in time and thought that there wass something toxic in it... I will start putting it in the zipper compartment or leaving it in the car!

My Akita ate gum and mints all the time- He would steal them out of my purse as well... He was fine and lived to be 8 until we had to put him down due to a bite issue, anyways I will keep these babies far away from it!

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Well we have to be so aware of things that can hurt our pets, funnily enough years ago when dogs used to roam free in the street and there was not so much caring for them as there is today, they never seemed to come to too much harm did they,they used to go into rubbish bins and all sorts of things and it never bothered them, well not here in the UK anyway, but these days with so many chemicals and "dodgy" flavourings and things put in to food we have to be so careful. I can remember in the late 40s and 50s people used to open their doors and let the dogs out and probably never seen them again until the evening and the dogs lived for years !!

How times have changed.

 

Pete.

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Pete, my fiend you may have just saved a dog. I've never heard this one. Thank you for posting! Dobes seem to have an ability to go straight for what we try to put out of their reach. I'll just stop buying it. I'm too ADD to trust myself! Thanks again for the alert.
Barbara & Leo

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I was just saying how I used to board dogs for a local resort for 12 years and now only board our "family" of Dobermans.  In January, one of our pups from Zeta's last summer litter came to stay for the week-end.  The owners have another one of our pups, Heidi, who is now 8 years old and could stay with their son, but Vettel, the pup, would have had to be crated for long periods of time, so she came here.  She had a GREAT time playing with her mom and Uncle Obi and cousin Chai.  At 6 moths old, she was a bundle of energy...until.......

Sunday morning, when I came downstairs about 7am to let the dogs out, she lay in her bed and looked at me with very sad eyes.  She did not want to get up.  I helped her up and put her outside to pee, which she did, but brought her right back in.  I had a pit in my stomach, what could be wrong?? I tried to think of what she might have gotten into but I had been keeping close tabs on her and just could not imagine.  She was fine last night.

I looked under her lips, very pasty white, oh no..... I took her temperature ( remember normal is around 100 to 102) it was 97.6, she was cold.  Her breathing was quick in and heavy and long out!  I called the owners who were flying up from So. Carolina and would arrive in NY around 5pm.  They said they would take her to the vet when they got back.  I told them that it was no bother and that I could not sit here all day watching her, I really felt she needed to get to a vet asap or I would not have called them.  They said OK.  I packed her in my car with hot water in soda bottles all around her to help keep her warm and flew up to the emergency clinic, about an hour north of me.

They took her right in as soon as I got there and when the vet came out, she asked if there was any chance that Vettel had eaten rat poison.  I said no way, not on my watch!  they asked how long she had been with me and when I told them since Thurs. night, they asked what she was doing during the day.  It can sometimes take 72 hours for rat bate to start reaking havoc inside a dog.  After several phone calls back and forth, I found out that the son had been snowblowing and let the dogs run around free.  They had been having a "mousy" problem in the garage and had bate down.  Sure enough, Vettel had eaten rat poison and was bleeding out in the abdominal cavity.  That's why the pasty white lips and the low temp.  They put her on Vit K immediately and she pulled through!  If we had waited until that evening, they would not have their little sweet puppy!

So, if you have a dog, make sure you have a rectal thermometer and know what your dog's normal temp is.  The first thing a vet will ask is.... what is the dog's temperature.  Know to look at the under side of your dog's lips, they should be pinky.  Check it out and see what the normal looks like!  The reason she was having difficulty breathing was because the blood that was leaking out was pressing on her lungs.

You know when something is not right!  You can just feel it!  It never hurts to call your vet with any concerns you have!  You should also be able to call your breeder and get helpful information but that is just MY opinion!!

 

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I am so glad the puppy pulled through and thanks for the info.  I will be sure to purchase a thermometer.  One never knows what their dog will get into in that flash of a moment they are out of your sight.

I had a kitty die from anti-freeze.  Careless boyfriend left some spilt on the ground and she ingested it.  It is a sad, helpless feeling when you can't do anything to help.

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Wow... great information both MD and Pete.. thank you

I have actually seen Sofia pick up already CHEWED gum from the back yard after one of our worker bees have left for the day.. It's the only thing I've ever seen her chew that was not handed to her.. I've had her spit it out and gotten rid of it.. but I didn't know it might be toxic. eeeeww.. chewed chewing gum.. !!

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Good morning everyone, all ok I hope ?

We are all responsible dog owners, we love our dogs and do everything in our power to make sure they are safe and give them only the best. But sadly there is so much around today, chemicals etc that can make our best friends ill and we have to make sure they avoid it...which at times is difficult because we know what puppies and young dogs are like, they are "little detectives" and investigate everything and a lot of the time in their mouth it goes ! I am glad my post about that chemical was useful, this is a brilliant site and everyone is so friendly so only too pleased to have put it on.

Of course our dogs are not the only animals to suffer, we should think about wild animals, hedgehogs, rabbits even the cats, none of them deserve to suffer either. I have to admit that although I am an animal lover and hate to think of any animal being mistreated or suffering, I am not a cat person, I would not have a cat as a pet, they do not interest me at all, but they should still not suffer. I used to do a voluntary job a couple of years ago, I used to collect cats that were not wanted by their owners, for the RSPCA, visit homes and collect the animals and take them to the RSPCA cattery, where they would eventually be rehomed, so I am not totally against them, I am simply not interested in them as pets....but thats me, my daughters have 5 between them, so we do have them in the family.

Anyway everyone.. have a great day, it is pouring down with rain here in Buckinghamshire this morning, Buster was very  reluctant to go out in the rain for  "pee", he is now back in his bed snuggled down, so time for my "cuppa" whilst peace reigns LOL.

Speak soon.

 

Pete.

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Love to hear your weather report, Pete!  We are expecting 8-12 inches of snow toniight here in the great North East!    YUCK!!!!    I'll have to get out the doggy coats again!

PS, I had to stop for a beaver the other day...he was trying to cross the road and I saw a couple of teenage boys in a car, they looked like they were going to get out and pester the poor beaver.  I stayed until he got off the road and then beeped my horn to make him move faster towards the creek!! 

Most vet offices have a list of things to watch out for that is dangerous for our dogs!  Or, of course, you can google and find a list on-line!

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Good morning everyone,

                Vets in the UK have names and or lists of harmful things for animals, but how many people actually ask ? I dont know but I would bet it is minimal.I must admit I have never discussed it with Lisa our vet...but it is food for thought, the next time I see her I will mention it.

So whats on the agenda today folks...us ? Well apart from taking Buster on his walks we have really nothing planned...I might hoover the car out and give it a clean, unless my "General Manager" (the wife) has other plans !!

Anyway whatever you do, keep safe, have a great day, it is up to 14degs here this morning, no rain today.The blossom is out on the trees, pink, white, it looks very nice, springs is here at last.

Speak soon,

 

Pete.