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Angels For Animals Event November 13th

ANGELS FOR ANIMALS

On September 13th, the Angels will host their first Angels for Animals event at the ballpark! Join the Angels’ wives and the Orange County Animal Care Center in an effort to raise awareness for animal adoption and the importance of spaying and neutering pets.

From 4pm through the 2nd inning in front of the Home Plate Gate, the Angels’ wives will be selling $40 “mystery bags” containing baseballs autographed by Angels coaches and players. In addition to the “mystery bags”, they will be selling $5 raffle tickets to enter to win team signed bats and other autographed Angels items.

Fans will also have the opportunity to visit the Orange County Animal Care booth and meet many of the animals currently available for adoption at the Center. All proceeds from the event will benefit local Orange County animal shelters.

Saturday, September 13 – 6:05pm
vs. Seattle Mariners

September 10, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Xylitol Warning For Dogs

True Story – 

 http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/xylitol.asp

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 to 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 and checked the first website (above) and it was on the list.  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 t his 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 charcoal 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 blood 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 tested 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 head in the purse, she probably would have died and we wouldn’t even have 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.  So I am sharing this with info about Xylitol and dogs with everyone.  It may save another life.  

Thanks to BJ at the AARP Community Dog Group!!

September 10, 2008 Posted by | Just One More Pet, Pets, Success Stories | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment