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Saved! ASPCA Vets Rescue Puppy Who Ate Loaf of Raisin Bread

Early last week, New York City resident Jeremy Sigall discovered his mischievous six-month-old puppy, Winnie, had snatched a loaf of raisin bread from the kitchen counter and completely devoured it, crumbs and all. The Welsh springer spaniel was at grave risk for kidney failure—a common reaction in dogs who’ve eaten grapes or raisins. Horrified and worried, Jeremy immediately called the Urbana, IL-based ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s (APCC) 24-hour hotline.

The veterinary toxicologists who handled the call—Dr. Michael Knight and Dr. Susanna Hawkins—determined the loaf of bread may have contained three tablespoons of raisins, a sufficient amount to be toxic to most dogs. As luck would have it, Jeremy and his wife live within blocks of the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in Manhattan. After consulting with the APCC, they rushed Winnie to the hospital for emergency care.

“Winnie’s parents had already called the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center—which was so smart—so we already had a case number when we called to talk again,” says Dr. Emmy Pointer, the ASPCA veterinarian who treated the pup. “We immediately induced vomiting and got a good portion of the raisin bread up, then started IV fluids right away to prevent kidney failure.” After three days of monitoring, Winnie’s test results showed no subsequent signs of renal problems.

Nearly 20 years ago, APCC toxicologists started noticing a disturbing trend in their data involving dogs who’d eaten grapes and raisins—nearly all developed acute kidney failure. The chemical that causes this reaction hasn’t been identified, but it can be treated successfully if pet parents are proactive like the Sigalls. Thanks to quick-thinking parents and the seamless communication between the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center and hospital staff, Winnie is now home and healthy, enjoying a diet of strictly “pooch-appropriate” treats.

Since the toxic potential of grapes and raisins is still an enigma, it’s best to avoid feeding them to your pet in any amount or any form. Furthermore, never underestimate your dog’s ability to raid the kitchen—keep all people food tucked away in hard-to-reach cabinets. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something poisonous, call your vet or the APCC’s hotline at (888) 426-4435. Worried about remembering all those digits? Order our free APCC magnet—a cool way to keep the hotline close!

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Victory in Pennsylvania – Landmark Puppy Mill Reform Bill Passes


PuppyTrying to shed its reputation as “The Puppy Mill Capital of the East,” the Pennsylvania Legislature on Wednesday night passed HB 2525, a bill that will improve the lives of tens of thousands of dogs living in Pennsylvania’s puppy mills.

Introduced in May, HB 2525 doubles the cage space required for dogs in Pennsylvania’s commercial breeding facilities, prohibits wire flooring and the stacking of cages, mandates exercise and twice-yearly veterinary exams for all dogs, and requires that animals be humanely euthanized by licensed veterinarians.

The ASPCA has been working with the Governor’s Office and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for over three years to increase enforcement and standards of care for dogs in the state’s commercial kennels. We lobbied for passage of HB 2525 by activating the Pennsylvania members of the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade and by spending much of the past several months in Harrisburg, the state capital, promoting the bill to legislators. Governor Ed Rendell signed HB 2525 into law the day after it was passed.

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Vote Yes on California Prop 2 – End Farm Animal Abuse!


Tomorrow, on the “Oprah” show, I’ll be making the case to millions of people that California’s Proposition 2, if successful, will end the cruel confinement of 20 million farm animals.

I’m also excited to tell you that The New York Times endorsed Prop 2 last week — a huge win for the campaign. As you probably know, Prop 2 will end the practice of cramming farm animals into cages and crates so small the animals can’t even turn around, lie down, or extend their limbs.

If passed, Prop 2 will be the biggest victory for farm animals in California’s history.

But standing in the way is Big Agribusiness, which is pouring millions of dollars into a deceptive campaign here to defeat Prop 2 and preserve factory farms’ cruel confinement practices.

The next 21 days before the election will be pivotal — and we can’t win without your support and your vote on Election Day.

Here’s the latest news, and a few ways you can help:

Watch Oprah
On tomorrow’s show (Tuesday, October 14), I’ll be going head-to-head with the front men of the agribusiness industry in defense of the 20 million farm animals in California who don’t have room to turn around or stretch their limbs.
Click here to find out when the show will air where you live.

Read the New York Times' Ringing Endorsement
Here’s a snippet: “The fact that such fundamental decencies have to be forced upon factory farming says a lot about its horrors. We urge California voters to pass Proposition 2. We urge every state to enact similar laws.”
Click here to read the full editorial on my blog.

Here are two ways you can help pass this historic measure right now:

1. Support the YES! on Prop 2 campaign by visiting the campaign website and learning about the many ways you can help.

2. If you haven’t already, watch our animated video and pass it along to your neighbors, friends, and family in California.

YES! on Prop 2 is a true grassroots campaign, funded by thousands of small donations from animal lovers like you. By contrast, the deceptive No on Prop 2 campaign is bankrolled by a handful of rich agribusiness corporations from across the country — with an average donation of more than $40,000.

The factory farm industry is blinded by the bottom line. No matter how much money they dump into defeating this measure, they can’t stamp out the truth: Prop 2’s commonsense reforms are long overdue.

Thank you for being a part of this campaign. On November 4, millions of animals will be thanking you, too.

Wayne Pacelle
Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States 

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