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Winter and Holiday health hazards for animals

TEXAS: With the arrival of the winter months and holiday season, there are additional health hazards that are of concern for animals; some are potentially fatal. A few of these health risks could be brought into the home inadvertently, thereby increasing a pet’s possibility of exposure. To keep the season safe, protect animals from contact with or ingestion of the following:

1. Antifreeze – this mixture contains ethylene glycol, a product that can cause lethal kidney failure and metabolic acidosis (accumulation of acid in the blood and body tissues) if ingested. It has a sweet taste that attracts animals and can be toxic in small doses (i.e. 1-2 tablespoons can produce toxicity in a medium-sized dog). Antifreeze can be toxic even when diluted in water.At least one brand of antifreeze is available that uses propylene glycol for the active component as an alternative to ethylene glycol. Larger quantities of the propylene glycol-based antifreeze usually have to be swallowed to produce toxicity as compared to ethylene glycol-based antifreeze. Additionally, propylene glycol-based antifreeze does not metabolize in the animal’s system to form products that cause kidney damage; however, it can still cause illness and death via metabolic acidosis.An antidote is available for antifreeze poisoning, but early recognition of ingestion and immediate intensive treatment are imperative for the survival of the animal. The best medicine, though, is to prevent animals from being in contact with this toxic substance by having antifreeze changed by a professional who knows how to properly dispose of it. If individuals change their own antifreeze, they should not drain it into the sewer or leave it setting out in a pan for any amount of time (all it takes is a few seconds for an animal to ingest it). It is worth noting that some snow globes may contain this product as well, so keep them out of reach from your pets.

2. Chocolate – Baker’s or baking chocolate is the form of chocolate that contains a higher concentration of stimulant (the obromine) than either semi-sweet or regular milk chocolate. The extent of toxicity an animal exhibits after consuming chocolate is based on a variety of factors, such as the type of chocolate ingested, the size of the animal, or an animal’s individual sensitivity to chocolate. Some typical clinical signs of chocolate toxicity include excessive excitability, restlessness, increased heart rate, muscle tremors, vomiting, and diarrhea. The last two clinical signs may be transiently present due to an animal consuming any amount of chocolate (i.e., any ingestion of chocolate may cause gastrointestinal upset, but not extensive toxicity). The literature gives a wide range of toxic levels, so a veterinarian should be consulted immediately to discuss the appropriate action to be taken if an animal has consumed chocolate. There is no specific antidote for chocolate toxicity. Animals can be treated by a veterinarian to address any clinical signs they are exhibiting; vomiting may be induced within 2-hours of the chocolate consumption depending on the amount ingested and other factors.

3. Mistletoe – the berry of this plant is the most toxic component, especially if it is chewed instead of swallowed whole. If the berry is ingested in sufficient quantity, it can cause gastrointestinal and neurological signs, including convulsions.

4. Poinsettia – whether or not this plant is toxic has been debated for years. The most recent findings are that it contains no toxic chemical. However, as with any plant that an animal is not accustomed to eating, it can cause diarrhea and vomiting (a protective mechanism to eliminate the foreign substance). Animals tend to be attracted to poinsettias, so it is a good practice to keep these plants out of their reach.

5. Ivy – this plant is not acutely toxic, but it can cause gastrointestinal upset if ingested.

6. Christmas cactus – this plant is nontoxic, but it can cause vomiting and transient diarrhea if consumed.

7. Tinsel – cats in particular are attracted to playing with Christmas tree tinsel. If ingested, it can cause an intestinal blockage or intussusception (prolapsing of one part of the intestine into the cavity of an immediately adjoining part). If indoor cats are present, it would be prudent to avoid using strands of tinsel. It would also be advisable to place breakable ornaments at the top of the tree. An investment in shatterproof ornaments might also be worthwhile.

8. Glow jewelry – dibutyl phthalate is a chemical contained in glow-in-the-dark jewelry, which are popular items at a variety of festivities. Although the chemical may have the potential to cause death via respiratory paralysis, cats generally will only ingest a minimal amount due to its unpleasant taste and the fact that only a small amount of the chemical is present in the jewelry. Cats that have bitten into the jewelry may exhibit heavy salivation, hyperactivity, and aggressive behavior, but they typically recover within minutes. Immediately after a cat happens to ingest this chemical, it helps to feed it small quantities of milk, canned food, or tuna juice to dilute the chemical in its mouth. Wash off any drops of the chemical that might be on the cat’s coat and flush the cat’s eyes with water if there has been ocular exposure. There is no known antidote for dibutyl phthalate; cats that have ingested large quantities should be closely monitored and given supportive treatment if warranted.

9. Cold – the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Animal Welfare Act recommends that ambient temperature should not drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, especially when sick, aged, or young animals are present. Additionally, animals should always be provided with adequate protection and shelter from the direct effect of wind,rain, or snow. Remember, animals in Texas are not acclimated to cold weather, so they must be protected from extreme weather conditions accordingly.

If you know or suspect that an animal has ingested any of the above items (1-8), immediately consult a veterinarian, animal emergency clinic, or poison control center. The Central Texas Poison Center can be reached at 1-800-764-7661 (1-800-POISON- 1).

Source: San Saba News & Star

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Pet Food Recall (December 2011)

Recall on some pet food. Iams, River Run, Dog Power and Marksman so far.

See FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration List of Recalls, Market Withdrawals & Safety Alerts HERE

"Some of these fungi (primarily Aspergillus flavus) produce the very lethal mycotoxins called aflatoxins. Aflatoxins are remarkably potent, often causing disease even when ingested in minute amounts. Aflatoxins can cause disease throughout the body, but are most commonly known for causing acute or chronic liver disease and liver cancer" per www.wellvet.com

Proctor & Gamble Recalls Iams Dry Dog Food

Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy dry dog food has been recalled due to higher than acceptable aflatoxin levels.

December 8, 2011 – Updated December 16, 2011

 

The Procter & Gamble company has voluntarily recalled a single production lot of dry dog food due to aflatoxin levels that were detected above the acceptable limit.

The affected product is Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy dry dog food with Use By or Expiration Dates of Feb. 5 or Feb. 6, 2013. The seven-pound bag has a Code Date of 12784177I6 and UPC Code of 1901402305. The eight-pound bag has a Code Dates of 12794177D2 and 12794177D3, and UPC Code of 1901410208. The 17.5-pound bad has Code Dates of 12794177K1 and 12794177K2, and UPC Code of 1901401848.

The product is said to have been distributed to Pennsylvania, but it already has been retrieved from store shelves. No illnesses have been reported in association with this production lot to date, and no other Iams pet food products are involved.

Cargill Animal Nutrition’s River Run and Marksman dry dog foods also have been recalled for the same problem, but they were not distributed in Pennsylvania.

Consumers who purchased the product listed should stop using the product and discard it and contact Iams at 1-866-908-1569 or visit www.iams.com for a replacement voucher.

Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring by-product from the growth of Aspergillus flavus and can be harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities. Pets that have consumed this product and exhibit symptoms of illness including sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat, vomiting, yellowish tint to the eyes or gums, or diarrhea should be seen by a veterinarian.

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Adopt a Pet This Christmas… Or Give Someone a New Friend for Christmas (or Hanukah)!

15 December 2011

The holidays are a popular time to get your children the pet they’ve always wanted. Who can resist a adorable puppy or kitten with a bow under the Christmas tree? If you are thinking about getting a pet this year, I encourage you to adopt a pet for under the tree instead of buying one. There are a lot of benefits of adopting a pet over buying one from a pet store. For some reasons why, please look at THIS ARTICLE. Pets can come from anywhere, but I also recommend not picking a pet that is coming from a non-reputable breeder or puppy mill. For more information about what puppy mills are, please check out THIS ARTICLE.

A great way to give a pet , unless you know the person really well, is take the person you are getting the pet for to the shelter, rescue or store and let them chose the pet they want.  Sometimes that is not possible… Sometimes if it for your child your input is the final choice Or sometimes you know grandma or grandpa would love a pet or needs one and taking them just won’t work out, so each situation is different.  But if you can take them for a pre-visit and to actually to the picking out it is ideal. If now choose a pet they would want, rather than one you want.  And then adopt just one more for yourself, if you possibly can.

And if you are a pet lover, please donate funds and supplies or volunteer your time to local rescues and shelters or consider fostering or taking a pet home for the holidays… and then helping find them a permanent forever home.

Adopt (or rescue) just one more pet and you are not only saving a life but enhancing yours… or that of a friend, family member or just a lonely soul.  Those of us who have pets know that loving an animal and having them love you awakens a part of your soul that changes your life forever! 

With today’s economy and plus the return of pets to the shelter of people who think animals are toys there are more pets who need homes than ever before.

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The good news is that there are so many places to adopt a pet these days! There are also many pets on Facebook and other websites where you can “shop” for the perfect pet for you and your family. And, there’s a ton of amazing resources such as local rescues and shelters, adoption events in the area, and stores that are adopting out rescued pets if people don’t want to go to the shelter.

One of these adoption events is happening this Saturday, December 17th at the OC Animal Care at 61 The City Dr. in Orange from 10am-2pm. This “Paliday Adoption Event” is sponsored by The Desperate Paws of Orange County Dog Club. You can get a $50 discount on all adoptions at this event! For more info visit their WEBSITE or call (714) 935-6848.

Other good resources for information about pet adoption:

  • Best Friends Animal Society – Right now Best Friends is offering free air travel from the sanctuary to people who want to adopt their pets. They will be flown to your local airport by the 22nd plus all adoption fees are also waived if you want to adopt a “senior pet.” For more information about this program, go HERE.
  • Petfinder and Adoptapet are two terrific resources to search all adoptables at local rescue groups – the cool part is that on Adoptapet you can save your search and plug in your email and they will email you when pets that match your search come up

Adopt and Shop – An amazing new “pet store” with shelter animals in Lakewood. They get all pets from the SEEACA animal shelter in Downey. Here’s the best part: adoption counselors are available to help match you with the perfect pet for your family. Your new pet will come complete with leash/collar or food, litter etc. All vaccinated, microchipped and spayed or neutered and can go home that day! I am not sure about the prices so you will need to call them but will average around $100 compared to the thousands for a pet store puppy with no vaccines, microchip, supplies, counselors, after adoptions support and spay/neuter. Some pets available at Adopt and Shop:

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Here are some sample pets you can find at the Whisker Wonderland Events:

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"A Canine Christmas Extravaganza Adoption Event"

Dawn Gerken's photoDawn Gerken, Seattle Pet Rescue Examiner

Are you thinking about adding a dog or puppy to your family? Do you want to learn how to be a better doggie parent? On Sunday, December 11th Pawsitive Alliance will be hosting two events to help you do just that!

From 9:30am to 11:00am there will be a pre-adoption event workshop hosted by Pawsitive Alliance, where there will be training with professional trainer Dana Babb. The event will take place at Paws-Abilities Total Dog Center, located at 7338 26th St E, Fife WA 98424. You can find directions at http://everydoghas.com/about/location.htm.

At this workshop you will learn options for acquiring and selecting the right dog for your family, as well as tips for successfully integrating the dog into your household. Workshop attendees earn early entry into the “A Canine Christmas Extravaganza!” adoption event taking place just after the workshop.

Space is limited, so please RSVP to Julie@pawsitivealliance.org or 206-465-4116. Cost is $20.00 per family (a $120 value!). You can also find out more information at http://www.pawsitivealliance.org.

Are you thinking about adding a dog or puppy to your family? Do you want to learn how to be a better doggie parent? On Sunday, December 11th Pawsitive Alliance will be hosting two events to help you do just that!

From 9:30am to 11:00am there will be a pre-adoption event workshop hosted by Pawsitive Alliance, where there will be training with professional trainer Dana Babb. The event will take place at Paws-Abilities Total Dog Center, located at 7338 26th St E, Fife WA 98424. You can find directions at http://everydoghas.com/about/location.htm.

At this workshop you will learn options for acquiring and selecting the right dog for your family, as well as tips for successfully integrating the dog into your household. Workshop attendees earn early entry into the “A Canine Christmas Extravaganza!” adoption event taking place just after the workshop.

Space is limited, so please RSVP to Julie@pawsitivealliance.org or 206-465-4116. Cost is $20.00 per family (a $120 value!). You can also find out more information at http://www.pawsitivealliance.org.

A Canine Christmas Extravaganza!

“Open your heart this holiday season to more love and tail wags by adopting a new best friend.”

As mentioned above, just after the workshop on Sunday December 11th, from noon to 3pm there will be a fantastic adoption event. This will also take place at the Paws-Abilities Total Dog Center.

This jolly adoption event will have many loving and adoptable dogs and puppies from 20 shelter and rescue groups from all around Washington. All animals are spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, and temperament tested. Experts will be on-hand to help you make a merry match. Adoption fees vary. Credit cards will be accepted at the facility; however, cash payments are always best.

You will want to arrive early, because starting at 9am pet supply vendors will be available for you to purchase everything your new best friend needs to settle happily and safely at home. Enjoy delicious food and beverages from the food vendors who will also be attending while you browse! Licensing agencies from all around Puget Sound will be on-site as well. Plus, each adopter goes home with a goodie bag filled with treats and coupons from great local sponsors!.

You can help these animals have a merrier holiday season by bringing a donation of dog or cat food, toys or treats to Paws-Abilities. All donations will be given to the shelters and rescues attending this event.

To date, participating organizations bringing animals to this event include:

Barks R Us
Grant County Animal Outreach

Wenatchee Valley Humane Society

Regional Animal Services of King County

NOAH

Homeward Pet Adoption Center

A Paw Up Rescue

American Cocker Spaniel Rescue

Collar of Hope

Saving Paws of Washington

Up 2 U Dog Rescue

Kitsap Humane Society

Sunny Sky’s Rescue

Pasado’s Safe Haven

Wolf Pack Animal Rescue

Valhalla Canine Rescue

Greyhound Pets of America, Greater Northwest

Lady’s Hope Rescue

DRAW

Pawsitive Alliance’s mission is to end the killing of adoptable dogs and cats in Washington by increasing adoptions, supporting spay and neuter programs, and improving pet retention.

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If you know of any local pet adoption events going on, please let me know and I will add them on here!

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