Warning about Xylitol

I received the following email forward from my son-in-law and felt that it was important enough to copy it here so that all dog owners will be careful to protect your pets:

If you have a dog READ IT — then forward to all you
know who do have a dog !

If you don’t have a dog —

forward to all you know who do have a dog
as well as to those who love pets !!

This is true:

“Warning to all dog owners – pass this on to
everyone you can. Last Friday evening, I arrived home from
work, fed Chloe, our 24 Lb. dachshund, just as I normally
do. Ten minutes later I walked into the den just in time t o
see her head inside the pocket of Katie’s friend’s
purse. She had a guilty look on her face so I looked closer
and saw a small package of sugar-free gum. It contained
xylitol. I remembered that I had recently read that
sugar-free gum can be deadly for dogs so I jumped on line
and looked to see if xylitol was the ingredient. I found
the first website below and it was the one. Next, I called
our vet. She said to bring her in immediately.
Unfortunately, it was still rush hour and it took me almost
1/2 hour to get there. Meanwhile, since this was her first
case, our vet found another website to figure out the
treatment. She took Chloe and said they would induce her to
vomit, give her a ch arcoal drink to absorb the toxin (even
though they don’t think it works) then they would start
an iv with dextrose. The xylitol causes dogs to secrete
insulin so their bloo d sugar drops very quickly. The second
thing that happens is liver failure. If that happens, even
with aggressive treatment, it can be difficult to save
them. She told us she would call us. Almost two hours
later, the vet called and said that contents of her stomach
contained 2-3 gum wrappers and that her blood sugar had
dropped from 90 to 59 in 30 minutes. She wanted us to take
Chloe to another hospital that has a critical care unit
operating around the clock. We picked her up and took her
there. They had us call the ASPCA poison control for a
case number and for a donation, their doctors would direct
Chloe’s doctor on treatment. They would continue the
iv, monitor her blood every other hour and then in 2 days
test her liver function. She ended up with a central line
in her jugular vein since the one in her leg collapsed,
just as our regular vet had feared. Chloe spent almost the
entire weekend in the critical care hospital. After her
blood sugar was stabilized, she came home yesterday. They
ran all the tests again before they released her and so
far, no sign of liver damage. Had I not seen her hea d in
the purse, she probably would have died and we wouldn’t
even had known why.

Three vets told me this weekend, that they were
amazed that I even knew about it since they are first
learning about it too. Please tell everyone you know about
xylitol and dogs. It may save another life.”

Sierra Leone plans to arrest 30,000 dogs!

Wedding guest dress(blue)

Wedding guest dress(blue)

“The humane stray dogs and rabies control programme has disclosed plans to arrest and take care of over 30,000 dogs across the country.”  Sierra Leone has a lot of rabid dogs and several people have been infected and so the humane society intends to arrest these dogs and vaccinate them to protect them and the people.  It is a great program, unlike a Mayor sending stray dogs to the National forest to fend for themselves.

If dogs are taken care of and vaccinated, spayed and neutered, hopefully there will be less stray dogs.  Dog owners in the USA are required to follow the rules and keep their pets safe.  Many pet owners love their dogs so much that they treat them like their own children.  Pet owners feed them the best food and dress them up in designer dog clothes to show them off.  Designer dog clothes are available to suit almost every taste.  Some like fancy designer dog clothes made of silk, or others may look for a stretch fabric that will fit their pet as they expand a little.  Some like  dog T-Shirts and others like pretty designer dog dresses, and others prefer just a simple dog tie around the neck.