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Do Vaccinations Affect the Health of our Pets?

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  • The AHVMA Foundation is an effort by the AHVMA organization and holistic veterinarians to make a difference in their profession by finding ways to support research into the theory and practice of complementary and alternative veterinary medicine (CAVM), and to expand CAVM education into more veterinary schools across the U.S.
  • The foundation’s goal is to find financial support from unbiased individuals and organizations with no agenda other than to learn what works and what doesn’t in CAVM. They want to support CAVM techniques by developing better evidence.
  • Another foundation goal is to develop a wholly independent, certified PhD program in veterinary nutrition based on documented scientific evidence of the benefits of species-appropriate diets.
  • The foundation also plans to tackle the problem of over-vaccination of pets and the larger issue of how traditional veterinary medicine can create or contribute to illness, when the goal should be to create wellness.
  • Between now and July 2, 2012, every $1 donated to the AHVMA Foundation toward the “Be One in a Million” campaign will be automatically doubled. That’s right – MercolaHealthyPets.com will contribute $2 for every $1 donation to the foundation from June 25th through July 2nd.

    Video:  Do Vaccinations Affect the Health of our Pets?

    In this video, Dr. Karen Becker interviews Dr. Barbara Royal, founding member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA), about an exciting new campaign the foundation is kicking off.

    By Dr. Becker

    Today I have a very special guest, Dr. Barbara Royal. Dr. Royal is one of the founding members of the AHVMA Foundation.

    I’m very excited about this interview because the AHVMA (American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association) Foundation is very close to my heart, and I want all of you watching here today to understand why I’m so passionate about this organization.

    A Little about the Foundation

    The AHVMA Foundation has been in existence for quite some time, but Dr. Royal and other board members are steering it in a new, exciting direction. I asked Dr. Royal to explain a little about the foundation.

    The foundation has two co-directors, three board members including Dr. Royal, and an executive director. This structure is fairly recent. As mentioned, the foundation has been in existence for quite some time — funding scholarships and other small projects, and working quietly behind the scenes to encourage holistically-oriented curriculums in veterinary schools.

    More recently, the members decided the foundation has an opportunity to have a much greater impact on the practice and teaching of complementary and alternative veterinary medicine (CAVM), and that’s the direction they’re headed in now.

    I asked Dr. Royal to talk about the goals of the foundation. She explained that it is an effort by the AHVMA organization and holistic veterinarians to make a difference in their profession by finding ways to support research into the theory and practice of CAVM, and to expand CAVM education into more veterinary schools across the U.S.

    As Dr. Royal points out, most of the research done in veterinary medicine is funded by government agencies, large corporations and pharmaceutical companies that have a stake in the results. The research is undertaken specifically to promote a certain type of processed pet food, a new drug, a piece of surgical equipment, or some other profit-making product.

    But when someone wants to research a natural ingredient for pets, for example, or a nutraceutical – something low-profile that doesn’t carry a patent or trademark – there’s little or no funding available.

    The Goal: Independently Funded Research into Alternative Veterinary Medicine

    What the AHVMA Foundation wants to do is raise the money necessary to facilitate research into alternative veterinary therapies, and to provide more CAVM coursework in veterinary schools. And their goal is to find financial support from unbiased individuals and organizations with no agenda other than to learn what works and what doesn’t. They want to assist the entry of CAVM techniques into evidence-based medicine. Evidence-based medicine is defined as:

    “The judicious use of the best current available scientific research in making decisions about the care of patients. Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is intended to integrate clinical expertise with the research evidence and patient values.” (MedicineNet.com)

    In order to conduct independent research not backed by special interests like pet food manufacturers or veterinary pharmaceutical companies, the funding has to come from private citizens and groups.

    And as Dr. Royal explains, veterinarians must also to come together as a group to impact the direction of future research. DVMs have to make a conscious, collective decision not to simply take whatever data is offered by Big Pharma and large pet food companies and call it a day. They have to have interest in finding out what’s real and what’s not for themselves.

    Dr. Royal believes the AHVMA Foundation has the ability to bring in money to start funding research and education projects that will provide scientific evidence of the value of alternative veterinary therapies. This research will support what holistic and integrative vets already know about what works and what doesn’t in CAVM. It will also provide evidence of the benefits of integrating Western and alternative medicine techniques to make a much bigger positive impact on the health of animals.

    Lack of Research Means Lack of DVMs Willing to Explore Alternative Therapies

    Dr. Royal and I and most holistic/integrative practitioners have had experiences with colleagues in the traditional veterinary community in which we’ve found ourselves defending our integrative approach.

    Part of the reason for their viewpoint is the lack of scientific research into the modalities used in CAVM. There is some human-directed research available using rats and primates, but dog and cat research just isn’t there. And many vets seem to use the lack of research as an excuse to ignore alternative methods of healing, which isn’t necessarily correct

    Because there is more research into integrative medicine for humans than animals, we often find ourselves experimenting with human model treatments to see what works for our animal patients.

    Both Dr. Royal and I have had a great deal of success integrating alternative therapies into our treatment plans, but because there’s so little scientific evidence pertaining to animals to back up what we’re doing, our traditionally trained colleagues remain skeptical.

    We simply have no research we can point to for many of the things we do in our practices – we just know they work because we’ve used them successfully. Having actual research to point to would pull many more traditional vets toward learning about CAVM and incorporating it into their practices. And that would be a win for everyone.

    In evidence-based medicine, a doctor or vet can treat a patient with a new therapy that appears to work, but if he or she doesn’t publish the work, then that information doesn’t technically exist. No veterinary school or researcher can know about it.

    When doctors and DVMs want to find new treatments, they search the medical literature. If no study is published then there is no evidence of a potential healing tool to help your pet or a human family member. Only through properly done research and publication can new tools and potential healing therapies gain wider awareness and use. Research and education are essential in addressing the gap in knowledge between clinicians with special training in CAVM and those in traditional veterinary schools.

    Another Goal: A PhD Program in Pet Food, Based on Species-Appropriate Nutrition

    Dr. Royal believes the AHVMA Foundation should also create a PhD program in animal nutrition – a program not funded by commercial food companies. Obviously, a veterinary nutrition education program developed by a pet food company has built-in conflict of interest issues.

    In fact, when Dr. Royal was in veterinary school, nutrition class consisted of visits by corporate employees to talk about their products. And hers isn’t an isolated case. This is the extent of the “objective” education many vet students receive in pet nutrition. Some veterinary schools don’t offer a nutrition program at all.

    Holistic practitioners learn about nutrition outside their formal DVM education. Dr. Royal picked up much of her knowledge when she worked in zoo medicine. She learned what happens to animals when they aren’t able to eat food appropriate for their species. This is the kind of truly objective information every vet student needs.

    So another of Dr. Royal’s goals for the foundation is to create a certified PhD program in veterinary nutrition that is based on documented scientific evidence of the benefits of species-appropriate diets.

    In my view, this one groundbreaking program could do more to improve the health and vitality of pets than almost anything else.

    How Dr. Royal Gravitated to Integrative Veterinary Medicine

    Next I asked Dr. Royal when she decided to broaden her traditional veterinary skills to incorporate alternative medicine techniques.

    She responded it actually sort of took her by surprise. As a vet student, if anyone had asked her if she planned to be an alternative practitioner, she says she would have laughed.

    Dr. Royal explained that when she graduated from vet school she was very serious about practicing Western veterinary medicine. She also had experience with zoo medicine and felt confident about her knowledge of different species. But she soon discovered she wasn’t able to help a lot of her very sensitive patients or exotic animals using the Westernized drugs-and-surgery medical model she learned in school.

    At the time she had a lot of racing greyhound patients. Greyhounds are an extremely sensitive breed and can’t tolerate many of the drugs used in veterinary medicine. So these poor dogs would come in, in pain, and Dr. Royal would have to send them away untreated. It felt awful not to be able to help those patients.

    So she decided to learn acupuncture. On her first day of class, the instructor stood up and said, “This is going to change your life.” And Dr. Royal thought to herself, “Oh, please.” And then, of course, it did indeed change her life.

    Her acupuncture training not only gave her the skills to perform the procedure, it also made a big difference in how she came to view the practice of medicine. There is more than one way to promote healing, and the body can teach us things. Primarily what Dr. Royal took away from the training was the importance of nutrition as the foundation of good health. The decisions we make about what to put in our dog’s or cat’s food bowl are the most important health choices we make for them.

    When Dr. Royal attended Tufts University for extra coursework in herbal medicine and nutrition, she became even more passionate about alternative therapies.

    From my viewpoint, the AHVMA is an interesting organization because its members are veterinarians who aren’t satisfied to practice just one method of treating patients. Holistic practitioners seek to fill their toolboxes with resources so they can help a wide variety of animals with a wide variety of health challenges.

    When a holistic vet doesn’t see progress using a certain medical technique, he or she goes looking for a different tool in the toolbox. Holistic vets are never satisfied with saying, “There’s nothing more we can do.”

    Vaccinations: How Many Does a Dog or Cat Really Need?

    The foundation is actively involved in supporting the Rabies Challenge Fund, a research project intended to show the rabies vaccine actually provides protection for at least five to seven years, and perhaps for a lifetime.

    The Rabies Challenge Fund involves ongoing FDA-level research that Dr. Royal believes will ultimately change the way veterinary medicine is practiced. Repetitive vaccinations are not only unnecessary in the vast majority of cases, they also carry significant risk of adverse reactions and establishment of permanent, chronic disease.

    Many traditional vet practices are set up around the idea of yearly vaccinations. That’s how they get clients to bring their pets in for checkups, and they assume it’s the only way to get those pets in there. But there is another way to encourage vet visits, and it is to keep pets healthy.

    It’s a shift from the “disease model” the traditional vet community uses, to a wellness model that helps owners understand the importance of creating vitality and wellness so their pets can live in good health into old age.

    In my view, that kind of shift takes a lot of education. Dr. Royal agrees.

    She explained that clients accustomed to the Western medicine model have a hard time believing alternative treatments can often halt or reverse a disease process in their pet. They’ve accepted the idea that their dog just has chronic ear infections or their cat just throws up a lot, but in holistically-oriented vet practices, we don’t accept health imbalances as “normal.” We deal with them by identifying the root cause and working to resolve it.

    Dr. Royal explained that once animals have a foundation of good health established, they can come in for annual exams and their owners will end up spending much less money than they would with a traditional vet practice. According to veterinary insurance statistics, the average pet has 6 to 8 vet visits per year. That’s quite a high number. And from the perspective of holistic vets, it almost always means the DVM is treating symptoms of disease rather than creating wellness.

    The Value of a Proactive Approach

    Holistic and integrative vets aren’t fighting fires all the time like many traditional vets who wait for disease to occur. Our approach is proactive and focused on maintaining health. The goal of proactive wellness medicine is to create healthy, resilient animals whose bodies are able to handle the pathogens they encounter.

    Nature creates most animal bodies with the capacity to heal themselves. Holistic medicine works with that natural healing ability; Western medicine most often works against it.

    In Dr. Royal’s opinion, the Western medicine approach has created an appalling state of health for pets across the country – obesity, diabetes, Cushing’s disease, chronic allergies, seizures, arthritis, and more. We’ve come to accept as “normal” that most 8 year-old large breed dogs are severely arthritic. But that’s not normal – we’ve created the problem through mismanagement of the health of animals.

    We’ve created all kinds of degenerative diseases, not to mention cancer.

    Dr. Royal and I agree the amount of pet cancer we’re seeing, coupled with the limitations of treatment and the poor prognosis many animals have even with treatment, could be one thing that encourages more traditional veterinarians in the direction of alternative medicine.

    The vast majority of vets are wonderful people who truly want to help their patients. They are disheartened and frustrated when they can’t. As the number of cancer cases continues to increase, it’s possible more traditional vets will open their minds to the idea of creating health vs. treating disease. As a profession we need to take a closer look at what we’re doing that could be causing the diseases we see so often in today’s pets.

    Rather than accepting as “normal” that 25 percent of all pets will get cancer, or 50 percent will be obese, we need to take a step back and question why this is happening.

    Why are animals in the wild not suffering the same types of disorders pets and captive animals deal with? What’s different about their lifestyles? What factors are contributing to illness in animals dependent on people vs. animals dependent on their natural instincts to survive?

    And organizations like the AHVMA Foundation can help promote the notion that “No, this level of illness in animals is anything BUT normal.” These trends can be reversed. There are tools available. Holistic and integrative practitioners use them everyday in their practices.

    Pet owners not content to accept the new “normal” can also motivate traditional vets to pursue alternative therapies with greater interest.

    How to Help Support the Efforts of the Foundation

    I asked Dr. Royal where people can go who are interested in getting involved with the AHVMA Foundation.

    She refers everyone to the website at foundation.ahvma.org. The site is still under construction in some areas, but there are several ways to donate, including making a gift toward a specific research area. You can also read inspiring stories about pets who’ve been helped by integrative veterinary medicine. And the foundation would love you to submit your story. Simply write it up and send it to them with a letter from your veterinarian supporting the facts.

    The AHVMA Foundation is the only entity of its kind, in that it is a national organization supporting unbiased integrative veterinary medicine, and finding funding for research into the theory and practice of complementary and alternative medicine.

    As we discussed earlier, part of the work of the foundation has been to help veterinary students interested in holistic medicine further their studies in CAVM so they have a more integrative educational foundation by the time they graduate.

    It would be wonderful if one day every vet student, in addition to working through an ophthalmology rotation, a cardiology rotation, etc., would also have the opportunity to work through an integrative medicine rotation.

    What the foundation needs to get the ball rolling is a big infusion of initial funding. After that, financial support becomes self-perpetuating because the research and educational programs that result touch so many lives.

    Right now the only way most vet students in the U.S. can acquire integrative medicine training is to attend AHVMA conferences. The conferences, which are partly funded by the foundation, are fabulous tools, but the foundation’s larger mission must be to get CAVM training into veterinary schools across the country.

    I’d like to thank Dr. Barbara Royal, founding member of the AHVMA Foundation, for joining me today. I look forward to collaborating with her in the future.

    You Can Make a Difference

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    ‘CONJOINED’ BABY BIRDS SEPARATED, ‘GREW’ TOGETHER

    A pair of young robins joined at the wing have been separated after they were found flapping on the ground in a family’s backyard, seemingly fused together.

    Priscilla Todd took the birds in, hoping a veterinarian would separate them and give them a chance at survival, Salt Lake City’s Deseret News reported.

    A local veterinarian stepped in, but found that instead of being conjoined, a small plastic thread had lodged between the two birds soon after they hatched, and their skin and feathers grew over it.

    One of the two birds underwent a partial wing amputation as part of the procedure and is in critical condition. The stronger bird will be released back into the wild.

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    Source: The Blaze

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    Many of yesterday’s Mutts are today’s Hybrid or Designer Dogs…

    “He wa’n’t no common dog, he wa’n’t no mongrel; he was a composite. A composite dog is a dog that is made up of all the valuable qualities that’s in the dog breed — kind of a syndicate; and a mongrel is made up of all riffraff that’s left over.”  …Mark Twain

    (Many of yesterday’s Mutts are today’s Hybrid or Designer Dogs…)

    Doggie DNA Testing

    Big Family

     

    Unknown Mixed Breeds

    Cheech and Duke

    Through the marvels of DNA testing, some of the greatest mysteries of Mutt-dom are being revealed.

    Dogs of vague or unrecognizable ancestry — whether fluffy white mongrels with Chihuahua ears and beagle-like voices or massive hounds that resemble nothing previously seen in nature — are being exposed for what they really are, genetically speaking.

    DNA testing can disclose what breeds dominate their family trees. And thousands of people are happy to pay, about $60 to $170 depending on the method and company chosen, to end the what-do-you-suppose-he-is speculation of mixed-breed dog owners everywhere.

    The first test was unveiled less than a year ago. Now, consumer interest is growing so fast that more companies are jumping into the doggie-identification business, websites are being enhanced, and additional breeds are being added to testing databases.

    “Pure curiosity, getting the answer” is the reason most owners seek out the testing, says Neale Fretwell, head geneticist for Mars Veterinary, maker of the Wisdom Panel MX Mixed Breed Analysis. The analysis can determine which of 134 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club composes a dog’s genetic makeup.

    And some of the answers are real stunners, not only for the owners but also for the veterinarians who have made their best guesses, Fretwell says.

    The procedure requires an appointment with a veterinarian to draw a blood sample, and when analysis is completed in two or three weeks, a follow-up visit to discuss the findings. The pricing is set by individual veterinarians, $135 to $170.

    Another reason owners go the testing route is to uncover possible explanations for behaviors that might be inherited, such as herding people and other pets or rooting around in chipmunk or mole holes.

    Other owners want to know whether their dogs have a high proportion of a breed predisposed to a particular ailment or frailty, although experts caution that it’s impossible to know which traits, including propensity for disease or medical problems, a mongrel might inherit from any particular breed.

    No one offering such tests suggests a mongrel assumes some sort of elevated status upon learning a purebred bloodhound or dachshund entered his ancestry generations ago.

    Indeed, the companies celebrate the characteristics of mixed breeds, and some experts applaud “hybrid vigor,” the belief that mixing unrelated breeds can create a stronger, healthier dog than purebreds, which can pass on genetic conditions found in specific breeds.

    Many clients are “very surprised” upon receiving word of what breeds populate their dog’s background, Fretwell says.

    Meg Retinger, chief administrative officer of BioPet Vet Lab in Knoxville, Tenn., says: “Some people say, ‘That’s just exactly what I thought.’ “Others” have such preconceived notions about what their pet is they just won’t accept the results.”

    In January, the lab began marketing its $59.95 DNA Breed Identification kit, which tests for 61 AKC breeds using cheek cells scraped by the owner.

    But the signature appearance characteristics of a particular breed don’t always materialize, even when there’s a high proportion of that breed in a dog, Fretwell says.

    A mongrel with a German shepherd parent or grandparent, for example, might not have the black and tan coloring, the saddle pattern on its back or even the long muzzle. Some could not show any shepherd characteristics.

    Size, color and a host of physical features such as ear and muzzle shape and tail type are influenced by genetics, and when several breeds meld in one dog, it’s tough for even experts to eyeball a mutt and accurately assess what lies within.

    Connie Steele of Colorado Springs learned that. This year she adopted a black-and-white dog that shelter personnel thought was mostly border collie and about 1½ years old. She soon discovered from her veterinarian that Ellie was still a puppy, probably less border collie than believed and almost certain to grow a lot more.

    Steele had Ellie tested because, she jokes, she wanted “a bit of warning if I’m going to need to plan ahead for a larger house to accommodate a 2-year-old pony-sized dog.”

    Upon receiving Ellie’s results, Steele did not begin house-shopping, though she was surprised by the breeds found in her background. Steele believes the information she now has about Ellie and also Kayla, another recently adopted shelter dog, offers clues about how to approach their training.

    Most DNA tests show three or four different breeds in the mixed breeds’ ancestries, and many show five or six, experts say. Several more probably are in the mix, but the amounts have been so dissipated over the generations, they are merely weak traces, unlikely to influence a dog’s appearance or behavior.

    And, yes, a few dogs comprise so many disparate breeds, the experts and their tests just can’t solve the puzzle.

    “Even the best test can’t answer every question of biology,” says Dennis Fantin, chief of operations for MetaMorphix, a company in Beltsville, Md., that has done testing for the AKC for years. The company now offers a $119.95 mixed-breed cheek-swab kit. The Canine Heritage XL Breed Test can detect 108 breeds.

    Sometimes, any pure DNA has become “so diluted” by encounters with mixed breeds over the generations that no answers emerge, Fantin says.

    Their owners are told the mystery must remain.

    From USA Today

    Chorkies           &              Chiweenies

    Designer Breeds

    “My name is Oprah Winfrey. I have a talk show. I’m single. I have eight dogs — five golden retrievers, two black labs, and a mongrel. I have four years of college.”  …Oprah Winfrey, when asked to describe herself during jury selection

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    Pets and Toxic Plants

    Dangerous Household Plants For Dogs

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    Dieffenbachia, Philodendron & Caladium can cause problems in the dog’s upper gastrointestinal tract. Do not induce vomiting. Give milk or water to rinse the dog’s mouth and throat. Take the dog to the veterinarian immediately.

    Amaryllis, Daffodil, Mistletoe, Tulip, Wisteria, English Ivy, Alfalfa, Beech, Iris, Bird of Paradise, Crown of Thorns, Honeysuckle, Castor Bean, Nightshades & the Potato’s green parts and eyes cause irritation in the lower gastrointestinal tract that can lead to death. Induce vomiting by giving 1 teaspoon syrup of ipecac or 1 tablespoon of a 1:1 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water. Follow with a crushed tablet of activated charcoal, which can be purchased at a drug store and should be kept in your pet’s first aid kit. Take your dog to the veterinarian immediately.

    Foxglove, Lily of the Valley, Oleander, Monkshood & Larkspur affect the dog’s cardiovascular system. The digitalis glycosides in these plants have a severe depressant effect on the heart. Take your dog to the veterinarian immediately.

    Yews, Tobacco, Hemlock, Rhubarb, Belladonna, Jimsonweed, Chinaberry & Morning Glory affect the dog’s nervous system. Induce vomiting by giving 1 teaspoon syrup of ipecac or 1 tablespoon of a 1:1 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water. Take the dog to the veterinarian immediately. Specific antidotes may be needed to counteract the effects of the poisonous chemicals found in these plants.

    If you discover that your dog has been eating a houseplant or suspicious outdoor plant call your poison control center and get veterinary help. If you don’t know the name of the plant, take a sample of it to the veterinarian.

    To prevent plant poisoning, do not keep poisonous plants in your home or yard. Keep dried arrangements out of reach. Be sure your puppy has plenty of safe chew dog toys.

    Plants and Pets
    Toxic Listing

    Because of their small size and unique metabolism, cats (especially) and dogs tend to be highly sensitive to poisonous plants. Many toxic substances require quick home treatment followed by immediate veterinary care. Veterinary follow up is critical to prevent secondary effects of the poison. A veterinarian can also monitor the pet for complications.

    It’s important to note that because of the huge number of plants in existence, the following listing can’t possibly address every plant that is or may be toxic to your pet. Some plants that are generally considered to be nontoxic may cause severe symptoms in a pet with an allergy to the plant. Some plants that are not toxic could be sprayed with poisonous chemicals. Therefore, you should be concerned whenever your pet eats any type of plant and shows any signs of abnormalcy in his or her behavior or digestive system; you should contact your veterinarian immediately.

    The Non-Toxic Plant Listing is located here: Non-Toxic Plant Listing.

     

    TOXIC PLANTS FOR PETS

    Acacia (all parts)
    Acocanthera (flowers, fruit)
    Aconite (also called Monkshood, Wolfsbane – leaves, flowers, roots)
    Acorns (all parts)
    Agapanthus (all parts)
    Alfalfa (also called Lucerne – foliage)
    Almond (seeds)
    Aloe Vera (also called Burn Plant – sap)
    Alocasia (all parts)
    Alsike Clover (foliage)
    Amanita (also called Death Camas, Meadow Death Camas – all parts)
    Amaryllis (also called Naked Lady – bulbs)
    American Yew (also called Yew – needles, seeds, bark)
    Amsinckia (also called Tarweed – all above ground, especially seeds)
    Andromeda Japonica (all parts)
    Angel Vine (also called Mattress Vine, Wire Vine – all parts)
    Angel’s Trumpet (also called Chalice Vine, Datura, Trumpet Vine – all parts, especially seeds)
    Angel’s Wings (also called Elephant Ears – leaves, stems, roots)
    Antherium (also called Flamingo Lily, Painter’s Palette – leaves, stems, roots)
    Apple (seeds)
    Apple of Peru (also called Thornapple, Flowering Tolguacha – all parts, especially seeds)
    Apple Leaf Croton (all parts)
    Apricot (inner seed)
    Arrowgrass (foliage)
    Arrowhead Vine (also called Nepthytis, Tri-Leaf Wonder – leaves, stems, roots)
    Asian Lily (Liliaceae – all parts)
    Asparagus Fern (shoots, berries)
    Australian Nut (all parts)
    Autumn Crocus (also called Crocus – all parts)
    Avocado (fruit, pit, leaves)
    Azalea (all parts)
    Baby’s Breath (all parts)
    Baneberry (also called Doll’s Eyes – foliage, red/white berries, roots)
    Banewort (also called Belladonna, Black Cherry, Common Nightshade, Deadly Nightshade, Devil’s Cherries, Devil’s Herb, Divale, Dwale, Dwayberryall, Great Morel, Naughty Man’s Cherries – all parts, especially black berries)
    Bayonet Plant (foliage, flowers)
    Beargrass (all parts)
    Beech (all parts)
    Belladonna (also called Banewort, Black Cherry, Common Nightshade, Deadly Nightshade, Devil’s Cherries, Devil’s Herb, Divale, Dwale, Dwayberryall, Great Morel, Naughty Man’s Cherries – all parts, especially black berries)
    Bird of Paradise (seeds, fruit)
    Bitter Cherry (seeds)
    Bitter Nightshade (also called Climbing Nightshade, Bittersweet, European Bittersweet – all parts, especially berries)
    Bittersweet (also called Bitter Nightshade, Climbing Nightshade, European Bittersweet – all parts, especially berries)
    Black Cherry (also called Banewort, Belladonna, Common Nightshade, Deadly Nightshade, Devil’s Cherries, Devil’s Herb, Divale, Dwale, Dwayberryall, Great Morel, Naughty Man’s Cherries – all parts, especially black berries)
    Black-Eyed Susan (all parts)
    Black Locust (leaves, shoots, pods, seeds, inner bark)
    Black Nightshade (also called Common Nightshade, Nightshade – unripe berries)
    Blackie (also called Morning Glory, Sweet Potato Vine – all parts)
    Bleeding Heart (foliage, roots)
    Bloodroot (all parts)
    Blue Flag (also called Flag, Fleur-de-lis, Iris – bulbs)
    Blue-Green Algae (all parts)
    Bluebonnet (also called Lupine, Quaker Bonnets – all parts)
    Boston Ivy (leaves, berries)
    Bouncing Bet (also called Soapwort – all parts)
    Box (all parts)
    Boxwood (all parts)
    Brackenfern; Braken Fern (also called Brake Fern – all parts)
    Brake Fern (also called Brakenfern, Braken Fern – all parts)
    Branching Ivy (leaves, berries)
    Buckeye (also called Ohio Buckey, Horse Chestnut – buds, nuts, leaves, bark, seedlings, honey)
    Buckthorn (all parts)
    Buddhist Pine (all parts)
    Bulbs (all species in the families Amarylliaceae, Iridaceae, Liliaceae – bulbs)
    Bull Nettle (also called Carolina Nettle, Horse Nettle – all parts)
    Burn Plant (also called Aloe Vera – sap)
    Buttercups (also called Crowfoot – new leaves, stems)
    Cactus (leaves, stem, milky sap)
    Caladium (all parts)
    Caley Pea (all parts)
    Calfkill (all parts)
    Calla Lily (all parts)
    Camphor Tree (all parts)
    Candelabra Cactus (also called False Cactus – leaves, stem, milky sap)
    Candleberry Tree (also called Chicken-Foot Tree, Chinese Tallowtree, Popcorn Tree, White Wax Berry, Florida Aspen – mildly toxic immature seeds, sap)
    Carolina Horsenettle (also called Bull Nettle, Horse Nettle – all parts)
    Carolina Jessamine (also called Yellow Jessamine, Yellow Jasmine – all parts)
    Castilleja (also called Indian Paintbrush – all parts, especially green parts, roots)
    Castor Oil Plant (also called Castor Bean – all parts, especially seeds)
    Castor Bean (also called Castor Oil Plant – all parts, especially seeds)
    Ceriman (also called Cut-leaf Philodendron, Fruit Salad Plant, Mexican Breadfruit, Split-leaf Philodendron, Swiss Cheese (leaves, stems, roots)
    Chalice Vine (also called Angel’s Trumpet, Trumpet Vine – all parts)
    Charming Dieffenbachia (all parts)
    Cherry (also called Bitter Cherry, Choke Cherry, Ground Cherry, Pin Cherry, Wild Black Cherry, most wild varieties – all parts)
    Cherry Laurel (foliage, flowers)
    Chicken-Foot Tree (also called Chinese Tallowtree, Popcorn Tree, Candleberry Tree, White Wax Berry, Florida Aspen – mildly toxic immature seeds, sap)
    Chicks (all parts)
    Chinaberry Tree (berries)
    Chinese Evergreen (leaves, stems, roots)
    Chinese Inkberry (also called Jessamine – fruit, sap)
    Chinese Lantern (leaf, unripe fruit)
    Chinese Tallowtree (also called Chicken-Foot, Popcorn Tree, Candleberry Tree, White Wax Berry, Florida Aspen – mildly toxic immature seeds, sap)
    Chlorophytum (all parts)
    Choke Cherry (seeds, bark)
    Christmas Flower (also called Christmas Plant, Easter Flower, Poinsettia – leaves, stem, milky sap)
    Christmas Plant (also called Christmas Flower, Easter Flower, Poinsettia – leaves, stem, milky sap)
    Christmas Rose (foliage, flowers)
    Chrysanthemum (also called Feverfew, Mum – all parts)
    Cineraria (all parts)
    Cineria (all parts)
    Clematis (all parts)
    Climbing Nightshade (also called Bitter Nightshade, Bittersweet, European Bittersweet – all parts)
    Clover (also called Alsike Clover, Red Clover, White Clover – foliage)
    Cocklebur (seeds, seedlings, burs)
    Coffee Tree Plant (all parts)
    Common Burdock (burs)
    Common Nightshade (also called Banewort, Belladonna, Black Cherry, Deadly Nightshade, Devil’s Cherries, Devil’s Herb, Divale, Dwale, Dwayberryall, Great Morel, Naughty Man’s Cherries – all parts, especially black berries)
    Common Privet (foliage, berries)
    Common Tansy (foliage, flowers)
    Coral Plant (all parts)
    Cordatum (all parts)
    Coriaria (all parts)
    Corn Lily (also called False Hellebore, Western False Hellebore – all parts)
    Corn Plant (also called Cornstalk Plant – all parts)
    Cornflower (all parts)
    Cornstalk Plant (also called Corn Plant – all parts)
    Corydalis (leaves, stems, roots)
    Cowslip (new leaves, stems)
    Crab’s Eye (also called Jequirity Bean, Precatory Bean, Rosary Pea – beans)
    Creeping Charlie (all parts)
    Crocus (also called Autumn Crocus – all parts)
    Croton (foliage, shoots)
    Crowfoot (also called Buttercup – new leaves, stems)
    Crown of Thorns (all parts)
    Cuban Laurel (all parts)
    Cuckoo Pint (also called Lords and Ladies – all parts)
    Cultivated Bleeding Heart (leaves, stems, roots)
    Cultivated Larkspur (all parts)
    Cutleaf Philodendron (also called Ceriman, Fruit Salad Plant, Mexican Breadfruit, Split-leaf Philodendron, Swiss Cheese Plant – leaves, stems, roots)
    Cycads (all parts)
    Cyclamen (foliage, flowers, stems)
    Cypress Spurge (foliage, flowers, sap)
    Daffodil (also called Jonquil, Narcissus – all parts)
    Daphne (berries, bark, leaves)
    Datura (all parts)
    Day Lily (all parts)
    Deadly Nightshade (also called Banewort, Belladonna, Black Cherry, Common Nightshade, Devil’s Cherries, Devil’s Herb, Divale, Dwale, Dwayberryall, Great Morel, Naughty Man’s Cherries – all parts, especially black berries)
    Death Camas (also called Amanita, Meadow Death Camas – all parts)
    Death Cap Mushroom (all parts)
    Decentrea (all parts)
    Delphinium (also called Larkspur – all parts)
    Destroying Angel Mushroom (also called Amanita – all parts)
    Devil’s Backbone (also called Kalanchoe – leaves, stems)
    Devil’s Cherries (also called Banewort, Belladonna, Black Cherry, Common Nightshade, Deadly Nightshade, Devil’s Herb, Divale, Dwale, Dwayberryall, Great Morel, Naughty Man’s Cherries – all parts, especially black berries)
    Devil’s Herb (also called Banewort, Belladonna, Black Cherry, Common Nightshade, Deadly Nightshade, Devil’s Cherries, Divale, Dwale, Dwayberryall, Great Morel, Naughty Man’s Cherries – all parts, especially black berries)
    Devil’s Ivy (also called Golden Pothos, Pothos – all parts)
    Devil’s Trumpet (also called Datura – all parts)
    Dieffenbachia (also call Dumb Cane – all parts)
    Divale (also called Banewort, Belladonna, Black Cherry, Common Nightshade, Deadly Nightshade, Devil’s Cherries, Devil’s Herb, Dwale, Dwayberryall, Great Morel, Naughty Man’s Cherries – all parts, especially black berries)
    Dogbane (leaves, stems, roots)
    Doll’s Eyes (also called Baneberry – foliage, red/white berries, roots)
    Dracaena (also called Dragon Tree – foliage) Dracaena Palm (foliage)
    Dragon Tree (also called Dracaena – foliage)
    Dumbcane (also called Aroids – leaves, stems, roots)
    Dutchman’s Breeches (also called Staggerweed – leaves, stems, roots)
    Dwale (also called Banewort, Belladonna, Black Cherry, Common Nightshade, Deadly Nightshade, Devil’s Cherries, Devil’s Herb, Divale, Dwayberryall, Great Morel, Naughty Man’s Cherries – all parts, especially black berries)
    Dwarf Larkspur (also called Larkspur, Poisonweed – all parts)
    Dwayberryall (also called Banewort, Belladonna, Black Cherry, Common Nightshade, Deadly Nightshade, Devil’s Cherries, Devil’s Herb, Divale, Dwale, Great Morel, Naughty Man’s Cherries – all parts, especially black berries)
    Easter Flower (also called Christmas Flower, Christmas Plant, Poinsettia – leaves, stem, milky sap)
    Easter Lily (leaves, stems, flowers, bulbs)
    Eggplant (all parts but fruit)
    Elaine (all parts)
    Elderberry (all parts)
    Elephant Ears (also called Angel’s Wings – leaves, stems, roots)
    Emerald Duke (also called Majesty, Philodendron, Red Princess – all parts)
    Emerald Feather (also called Emerald Fern – all parts)
    Emerald Fern (also called Emerald Feather – all parts)
    English Ivy (leaves, berries)
    English Yew (also called Yew – needles, seeds, bark)
    Ergot (fungus on seed heads of grains and grasses)
    Eucalyptus (all parts)
    Euonymus (all parts)
    Euphorbia (foliage, flowers, sap)
    European Bittersweet (also called Bitter Nightshade, Bittersweet, Climbing Nightshade – all parts)
    European Spindle Tree (all parts)
    Evergreen (all parts)
    Everlasting Pea (all parts)
    False Cactus (also called Candelabra Cactus – leaves, stem, milky sap)
    False Flax (seeds)
    False Hellbore (also called Corn Lily, Western False Hellebore – all parts)
    Fan Weed (seeds)
    Ferns (all parts)
    Feverfew (also called Chrysanthemum, Mum – leaves, stalks)
    Ficus (sap, peel)
    Fiddle-Leaf Fig (all parts)
    Fiddle-Leaf Philodendron (all parts)
    Fiddleneck (also called Tarweed – all parts above ground)
    Field Peppergrass (seeds)
    Fitweed (all parts)
    Flag (also called Blue Flag, Fleur-de-lis, Iris – bulbs)
    Flamingo Plant (all parts)
    Flax (foliage and seed pods)
    Fleur-de-lis (also called Blue Flag, Flag, Iris – bulbs)
    Florida Aspen (also called Candleberry Tree, Chicken-Foot Tree, Chinese Tallowtree, Popcorn Tree, White Wax Berry – mildly toxic immature seeds, sap)
    Florida Beauty (all parts)
    Fly Agaric (also called Amanita – all parts)
    Four O’Clock (all parts)
    Foxglove (leaves, stems, flowers, seeds)
    Foxtail Barley (also called Squirreltail Barley, Wild Barley – seedheads)
    Fruit Salad Plant (also called Ceriman, Cut-leaf Philodendron, Mexican Breadfruit, Split-leaf Philodendron, Swiss Cheese Plant – leaves, stems, roots)
    Gelsemium (foliage, flowers, berries, sap)
    Geranium (all parts)
    German Ivy (all parts above ground)
    Ghost Weed (also called Snow on the Mountain – leaves, stem, milky sap)
    Giant Dumbcane (also called Dieffenbachia – all parts)
    Gill-Over-The-Ground (all parts)
    Glacier Ivy (leaves, berries)
    Gladiola (bulbs)
    Glory Lily (all parts)
    Gold Dieffenbachia (all parts)
    Gold Dust Dracaena (foliage)
    Golden Chain (also called Laburnum – flowers, seeds)
    Golden Pothos (also called Devil’s Ivy, Pothos – all parts)
    Gopher Purge (all parts)
    Grapes (all parts; also see Raisins)
    Greaseweed (all parts)
    Great Morel (also called Banewort, Belladonna, Black Cherry, Common Nightshade, Deadly Nightshade, Devil’s Cherries, Devil’s Herb, Divale, Dwale, Dwayberryall, Naughty Man’s Cherries – all parts, especially black berries)
    Green Dragon (also called Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Indian Turnip – leaves, stems, roots)
    Green False Hellebore (also called Indian Poke, White Hellebore – all parts)
    Green Gold Nephthysis (all parts)
    Ground Ivy (all parts)
    Groundsel (also called Ragwort, Tansy Ragwort – all parts above ground)
    Hahn’s Self-branching English Ivy (leaves, berries)
    Halogeton (all parts)
    Heartleaf (also called Parlor Ivy, Philodendron – all parts)
    Heartland Philodendron (also called Philodendron – all parts)
    Heavenly Bamboo (all parts)
    Hellebore (foliage, flowers)
    Hemlock (also called Poison Hemlock, Water Hemlock – all parts)
    Henbane (seeds)
    Hens-and-Chicks (all parts)
    Hibiscus (all parts)
    Holly (berries)
    Honeysuckle (all parts)
    Horse Nettle (also called Bull Nettle, Carolina Horsenettle – all parts)
    Horse Chestnut (also called Buckeye, Ohio Buckeye – buds, nuts, leaves, bark, seedlings, honey)
    Horsebeans
    Horsebrush (foliage)
    Horsehead Philodendron (all parts)
    Horsetail (also called Scouringrush – all parts)
    Hurricane Plant (bulbs)
    Hyacinth (bulbs, leaves, flowers)
    Hydrangea (all parts)
    Impatiens (also called Touch-me-not – all parts)
    Indian Laurel (all parts)
    Indian Paintbrush (also called Castilleja – all parts, especially green parts, roots)
    Indian Poke (also called Green False Hellebore, White Hellebore – all parts)
    Indian Rubber Plant (all parts)
    Indian Tobacco (all parts)
    Indian Turnip (also called Green Dragon, Jack-in-the-Pulpit – leaves, stems, roots)
    Inkberry (also called Pokeweed – all parts)
    Iris (also called Blue Flag, Flag, Fleur-de-lis – bulbs)
    Iris Ivy (all parts)
    Ivy (all species – leaves, berries)
    Jack-in-the-Pulpit (also called Green Dragon, Indian Turnip – leaves, stems, roots)
    Jamestown Weed (also called Jimsonweed – all parts)
    Janet Craig Dracaena (foliage)
    Japanese Show Lily (all parts)
    Japanese Yew (also called Yew – needles, seeds, bark)
    Jasmine (foliage, flowers, sap)
    Jatropha (seeds, sap)
    Java Bean (also called Lima Bean – uncooked beans)
    Jequirity Bean (also called Crab’s Eye, Precatory Bean, Rosary Pea – beans)
    Jerusalem Cherry (all parts)
    Jessamine (also called Chinese Inkberry – fruit, sap)
    Jimson Weed (also called Jamestown Weed – all parts)
    Johnson Grass (leaves, stems)
    Jonquil (also called Daffodil, Narcissus – all parts)
    Juniper (needles, stems, berries)
    Jungle Trumpets (all parts)
    Kalanchoe (also called Devil’s Backbone – leaves, stems)
    Klamath Weed (also called St. Johnswort – all parts)
    Laburnum (also called Golden Chain – flowers, seeds)
    Lace Fern (all parts)
    Lacy Tree Philodendron (all parts)
    Lambkill (also called Sheep Laurel – all parts)
    Lantana (also called Lantana Camara, Red Sage, West Indian Lantana, Yellow Sage – foliage, flowers, berries)
    Lantana Camara (also called Red Sage, Yellow Sage – foliage, flowers, berries)
    Larkspur (also called Delphinium – all parts)
    Laurel (all parts)
    Lilies (all species – all parts)
    Lily-of-the-Valley (all parts)
    Lily Spider (all parts)
    Lima Bean (also called Java Bean – uncooked beans)
    Lobelia (all parts)
    Locoweed (all parts)
    Lords and Ladies (also called Cuckoo Pint – all parts)
    Lucerne (also called Alfalfa – foliage)
    Lupine (also called Bluebonnet, Quaker Bonnets – all parts)
    Macadamia Nut (all parts)
    Madagascar Dragon Tree (foliage)
    Majesty (also called Emerald Duke, Philodendron, Red Princess – all parts)
    Manchineel Tree (sap, fruit)
    Mandrake (also called Mayapple – all but ripe fruit)
    Marble Queen (all parts)
    Marigold (also called Marsh Marigold – new leaves, stems)
    Marsh Marigold (also called Marigold – new leaves, stems)
    Mattress Vine (also called Angel Vine, Wire Vine – all parts)
    Mauna Loa Peace Lily (also called Peace Lily – all parts)
    Mayapple (also called Mandrake – all but ripe fruit)
    Meadow Death Camas (also called Amanita, Death Camas – all parts)
    Mescal Bean (also called Texas Mountain Laurel – all parts)
    Mexican Breadfruit (also called Ceriman, Cut-leaf Philodendron, Fruit Salad Plant, Split-leaf Philodendron, Swiss Cheese Plant – leaves, stems, roots)
    Mexican Poppy (also called Prickly Poppy – all parts)
    Milk Bush (also called Euphorbia, Tinsel Tree – all parts)
    Milk Vetch (all parts)
    Milkweed (leaves, stems, roots)
    Milo (foliage)
    Miniature Croton (foliage, shoots)
    Mistletoe (berries)
    Mock Orange (fruit)
    Monkshood (also called Aconite, Wolfsbane – leaves, flowers, roots)
    Moonseed (berries)
    Morning Glory (also called Blackie, Sweet Potato Vine – all parts)
    Mother-in-Law Tongue (also called Snake Plant – foliage)
    Mountain Laurel (also called Lambkill, Sheep Laurel – all parts)
    Mountain Mahogany (leaves)
    Mushrooms (also called Amanita, Death Cap, Destroying Angel, Fly Agaric, Panther Cap, Spring Amanita – all parts)
    Nap-at-Noon (also called Snowdrop, Star of Bethlehem – all parts)
    Narcissus (all parts)
    Naughty Man’s Cherries – (also called Banewort, Belladonna, Black Cherry, Common Nightshade, Deadly Nightshade, Devil’s Cherries, Devil’s Herb, Divale, Dwale, Dwayberryall, Great Morel – all parts, especially black berries)
    Needlepoint Ivy (leaves, berries)
    Nephthytis (also called Arrowhead Vine, Tri-Leaf Wonder – leaves, stems, roots)
    Nettles (all parts)
    Nicotiana (leaves)
    Nightshade (also called Black Nightshade, Common Nightshade, Deadly Nightshade – all parts, especially berries)
    Nutmeg (nut)
    Oak (buds, young shoots, sprouts, acorns)
    Oleander (all parts)
    Onion (all parts)
    Orange Day Lily (all parts)
    Oriental Lily (all parts)
    Panda (all parts)
    Panther Cap Mushroom (also called Amanita – all parts)
    Parlor Ivy (also called Heartleaf, Philodendron- all parts)
    Peace Lily (also called Mauna Loa Peace Lily – all parts)
    Peach (pits, wilting leaves)
    Pencil Cactus (all parts)
    Pennyroyal (foliage, flowers)
    Peony (foliage, flowers)
    Periwinkle (all parts)
    Peyote (also called Mescal – buttons)
    Philodendron (also called Heartland Philodendron – leaves, stems, roots)
    Pie Plant (also called Rhubarb – leaves, uncooked stems)
    Pigweed (all parts)
    Pimpernel (foliage, flowers, fruit)
    Pin Cherry (seeds)
    Pinks (all parts)
    Plumosa Fern (all parts)
    Poinsettia (also called Christmas Flower, Christmas Plant, Easter Flower – [low toxicity] leaves, stem, milky sap)
    Poison Hemlock (also called Hemlock – all parts)
    Poison Ivy (all parts)
    Poison Oak (all parts)
    Poison Weed (also called Dwarf Lakspur, Larkspur, Delphinium – all parts)
    Pokeberry (all parts)
    Pokeweed (also called Inkberry – all parts)
    Popcorn Tree (also called Candleberry Tree, Chicken-Foot Tree, Chinese Tallowtree, Florida Aspen, White Wax

    Berry – mildly toxic immature seeds, sap)
    Poppy (all parts)
    Potato (sprouts, vines, unripe tubers)
    Pothos (also called Devil’s Ivy, Golden Pothos – all parts)
    Precatory Bean (also called Crab’s Eye, Jequirity Bean, Rosary Pea – beans)
    Prickly Poppy (also called Mexican Poppy – all parts)
    Primrose (all parts)
    Privet (also called Common Privet – foliage, berries)
    Psilcybin Mushroom (all parts)
    Purple Foxglove (all parts)
    Quaker Bonnets (also called Lupine, Blue Bonnet – all parts)
    Queensland Nut (all parts)
    Ragwort (also called Groundsel, Tansy Ragwort – all parts above ground)
    Rain Tree (all parts)
    Raisins (also see Grapes)
    Rattle Box (entire plant)
    Red Clover (foliage)
    Red Emerald (all parts)
    Red Lily (all parts)
    Red Margined Dracaena (also called Straight Margined Dracaena – all parts)
    Red Maple (leaves)
    Red Princess (also called Emerald Duke, Majesty, Philodendron – all parts)
    Red Sage (foliage, flowers, berries)
    Red-Margined Dracaena (foliage)
    Rhododendron (also called Azalea – all parts)
    Rhubarb (also called Pie Plant – leaves, uncooked stems)
    Ribbon Plant (foliage)
    Richweed (also called White Snakeroot, White Sanicle – leaves, flowers, stems, roots)
    Rosary Pea (also called Crab’s Eye, Jequirity Bean, Precatory Bean – beans)
    Rosemary Pea (all parts)
    Rubber Plant (all parts)
    Rubrum Lily (all parts)
    Saddle Leaf (also called Philodendron – all parts)
    Sago Palm (all parts)
    Satin Pothos (all parts)
    Schefflera (also called Philodendron – all parts)
    Scotch Broom (all parts)
    Scouringrush (also called Horsetail – all parts)
    Senecio (all parts above ground)
    Sensitive Fern (all parts)
    Sheep Laurel (also called Lambkill – all parts)
    Silver Pothos (all parts)
    Silver Queen (also called Chinese Evergreen – leaves, stems, roots)
    Singletary Pea (all parts)
    Skunk Cabbage (leaves, stems, roots)
    Smartweeds (seeds)
    Snake Plant (also called Mother-in-law’s Tongue – all parts)
    Snapdragon (foliage, flowers)
    Snow on the Mountain (also called Ghost Weed – leaves, stem, milky sap)
    Snowdrop (also called Nap-at-Noon, Star of Bethlehem – all parts)
    Soapwort (also called Bouncing Bet – all parts)
    Sorghum (foliage)
    Spathiphyllum (also called Peace Lily – leaves, stems, flowers, bulbs)
    Split-leaf Philodendron (also called Ceriman, Cut-leaf Philodendron, Fruit Salad Plant, Mexican Breadfruit, Swiss Cheese Plant – leaves, stems, roots)
    Spotted Cowbane (also called Water Hemlock, Spotted Water Hemlock – all parts)
    Spotted Dumb Cane (also called Dieffenbachia – all parts)
    Spotted Water Hemlock (also called Spotted Cowbane, Water Hemlock – all parts)
    Spring Amanita (also called Amanita – all parts)
    Spurges (also called Euphorbia, Milk Bush, Tinsel Tree – all parts)
    Squirrelcorn (leaves, stems, roots)
    Squirreltail Barley (also called Foxtail Barley, Wild Barley – seedheads)
    St. Johnswort (also called Klamath Weed – all parts)
    Staggerweed (also called Bleeding Heart, Dutchman’s Breeches – leaves, stems, roots
    Star Jasmine (foliage, flowers)
    Star of Bethlehem (also called Snowdrop, Nap-at-Noon – all parts)
    Stargazer Lily (all parts)
    Stinging Nettle (also called Wood Nettle – leaves, stems)
    String of Pearls (all parts above ground)
    Straight Margined Dracaena (also called Red Margined Dracaena – all parts)
    Striped Dracaena (foliage)
    Sudan Grass (all parts)
    Sweet Cherry (seeds)
    Sweet Pea (all parts)
    Sweet Potato Vine (also called Blackie, Morning Glory – all parts)
    Sweetheart Ivy (leaves, berries)
    Swiss Cheese Plant (also called Ceriman, Cut-leaf Philodendron, Fruit Salad Plant, Mexican Breadfruit, Split-leaf Philodendron – leaves, stems, roots)
    Syngonium (all parts)
    Tangier Pea (all parts)
    Tansy Mustard (all parts)
    Tansy Ragwort (also called Grounsel, Ragwort – all parts above ground)
    Taro Vine (leaves, stems, roots)
    Tarweed (also called Amsinckia – all parts above ground)
    Texas Mountain Laurel (also called Mescal Bean – all parts)
    Thornapple (also called Apple of Peru, Flowering Tolguacha – all parts)
    Tiger Lily (leaves, stems, flowers, bulbs)
    Tinsel Tree (also called Euphorbia, Milk Bush – all parts)
    Tobacco (leaves)
    Tolguacha – flowering (also called Apple of Peru, Thornapple – all parts)
    Tomato (foliage, vines, green fruit)
    Touch-Me-Not (also called Impatiens – all parts)
    Toyon (all parts)
    Tree Philodendron (leaves, stems, roots)
    Tri-Leaf Wonder (also called Arrowhead Vine, Nepthytis – leaves, stems, roots)
    Trillium (foliage)
    Tropic Snow Dieffenbachia (also called Dieffenbachia – all parts)
    Trumpet Lily (all parts)
    Trumpet Vine (also called Angel’s Trumpet, Chalice Vine – all parts)
    Tulip (bulbs)
    Tung Oil Tree (all parts)
    Tung Tree (all parts)
    Umbrella Plant (all parts)
    Variable Dieffenbachia (all parts)
    Variegated Philodendron (all parts)
    Variegated Wandering Jew (leaves)
    Velvet Grass (leaves)
    Velvet Lupine (all parts)
    Venus Flytrap (all parts)
    Verbena (foliage, flowers)
    Vinca Vine (all parts)
    Virginia Creeper (sap)
    Walnut (green hulls)
    Wandering Jew (leaves)
    Warneckei Dracaena (all parts)
    Water Hemlock (also called Spotted Cowbane, Spotted Water Hemlock – all parts)
    Weeping Fig (all parts)
    West Indian Lantana (foliage, flowers, berries)
    White Clover (foliage)
    White Hellebore (also called Green False Hellebore, Indian Poke – all parts)
    White Sanicle (also called White Snakeroot, Richweed – leaves, flowers, stems, roots)
    White Snakeroot (also called White Sanicle, Richweed – leaves, flowers, stems, roots)
    White Wax Berry (also called Candleberry Tree, Chicken-Foot Tree, Chinese Tallowtree, Florida Aspen, Popcorn Tree – mildly toxic immature seeds, sap)
    Wild Barley (also called Foxtail Barley, Squirreltail Barley – seedheads)
    Wild Black Cherry (leaves, pits)
    Wild Bleeding Heart (leaves, stems, roots)
    Wild Call (all parts)
    Wild Radish (seeds)
    Wire Vine (also called Angel Vine, Mattress Vine – all parts)
    Wisteria (also called Chinese Wisteria, Japanese Wisteria – seeds, pods)
    Wolfsbane (also called Aconite, Monkshood – leaves, flowers, roots)
    Wood Lily (all parts)
    Wood Nettle (leaves, stems)
    Woody Aster (entire plant)
    Yellow Jasmine (also called Carolina Jessamine, Yellow Jessamine – all parts)
    Yellow Oleander (also called Yellow Be-Still Tree – all parts)
    Yellow Pine Flax (entire plant, especially seed pods)
    Yellow Sage (foliage, flowers, berries)
    Yellow Star Thistle (foliage, flowers)
    Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (all parts)
    Yews (all Yews: American, English, Western Yew – needles, seeds, bark)
    Yucca (all parts)

    Marijuana: Because I’ve received numerous emails in the past inquiring if marijuana is toxic to animals, I will make a separate notation of the plant here. All parts of the marijuana plant are toxic to animals. Your pet may suffer from digestive upset, depression, and respiratory depression. If your pet is alert, induce vomiting. Call your veterinarian immediately and observe for symptoms.

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    PBSO and state investigations launched in deaths of 21 Venezuelan horses in Wellington

    At least 21 polo horses have died after being struck by a mysterious ailment just before competition at the U.S. Open polo tournament in Wellington.

    WELLINGTON — When the horses began to falter, collapse and die, dozens of people came to their aid. And as the horses died around the polo field, strangers from the stands shared in the animals’ last moments.         

    Few love their horses as they do in this small Florida village.

    Even fewer have watched 21 prized polo horses, worth more than $2 million, mysteriously die so quickly.     

    “I’ve been in the sport for 50 years and never been around something as tragic as this,” said Peter Rizzo, Wellington resident and executive director of the United States Polo Association. “It’s a bond that is close to marriage – it’s different than a dog – it’s an amazing thing and these horses were some of the best in the world.”

    On Monday, investigators with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services opened death investigations.

    The bodies of the horses arrived at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville and a state laboratory in Kissimmee so scientists could examine them for answers. And a tightknit community of horse lovers began to mourn the loss of not just 21 animals, but veritable family members.         

    So far, investigators said they’ve ruled out infectious diseases as a cause of death. And nobody as of Monday suspected foul play.

    Instead, they’re looking to see whether the horses, part of the Venezuelan Lechuza Caracas polo team, came in contact with poison or were injected with anything that could have killed them.

    “Because of the very rapid onset of sickness and death, state officials suspect these deaths were a result of an adverse drug reaction or toxicity,” said Terence McElroy, spokesman for the state agency, in a written statement.

    Answers could take weeks as scientists test every substance ingested by the horses, screen blood for toxins and question caretakers and the team’s owner, Venezuelan multimillionaire Victor Vargas.

    Dr. John Harvey, assistant dean of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, said a necropsy is much like an autopsy: The body is checked for visible trauma, and fluid and tissue samples are collected after a preparation process that takes two to three days.

    “The suspicion here is toxins because of how sudden these animals died,” Harvey said. “But since we don’t know what we’re looking for, there are literally thousands of things we can test for. It could be like looking for a needle in a haystack.”

    Sunday afternoon, the horses took to the International Polo Club Palm Beach field. Some started having trouble immediately after coming off the truck. Some became dizzy and collapsed.

    More than a dozen local vets and vet technicians dropped everything and came to the field. They administered intensive therapy, including IV lines and fluids, and treated the horses for shock. The animals showed signs of pulmonary edema, which means fluid accumulated in their lungs, and cardiogenic shock, said Dr. Scott Swerdlin, a veterinarian with the Palm Beach Equine Clinic.

    “There was no pain, they were just disoriented,” Swerdlin said.

    As the horses suffered around the field, each had no fewer than three people there to see them through their last moments, said Don Dufresne, a Wellington attorney who specializes in equine law, is past president of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission and is a member of the U.S. Polo Association.

    “The community rallied around the situation with probably 100 volunteers,” Dufresne said. “Over every horse were three to five people triaging. The reality is that the polo community is much more like a family.”

    Twelve or 13 horses died on the field and another was later euthanized at Swerdlin’s Wellington clinic. The others died at Lechuza Caracas’ barn, which has about 85 horses. A team of such horses could take 10 years to rebuild, Swerdlin said. Each horse is worth more than $100,000.

    “These were some of the best horses in the world,” he said.

    But to this horse-loving community, money doesn’t tell the story.

    “To some riders, their horses are like their children,” says Richard Wood, who owns Woody’s of Wellington, a boot shop frequented by horse owners.

    A small memorial sprouted up, with bouquets of flowers left outside the Lechuza Caracas property on Monday. Rivals offered the team their extra horses if they chose to continue playing in the tournament Wednesday. The team declined and has since pulled out of the tournament.

    The team put out a brief statement Monday night thanking the community for its support. “We wish to thank those from the polo community who tried to save our precious ponies by selflessly lending their assistance,” the team statement read. “Although the ponies could not be saved, our gratitude to them cannot be overemphasized.”

    John Wash, president of club operations for the International Polo Club Palm Beach, said the have already have affected people well beyond Wellington, especially in the polo community.

    “In polo’s history there’s never been an incident like this that anybody can remember,” Wash said. “This was a tragic issue on the magnitude of losing a basketball team in an airplane crash.”

    Toxin is Suspected in Death of 21 Horses 

    Source:  South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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    Update:  The tragedy of the Venezuelan polo horse deaths is becoming clearer, with a Selenium Overdose Confirmed as the probable cause of death.

    Polo Horse Deaths: Selenium Overdose Confirmed

    In a report to Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida State Veterinarian Thomas J. Holt stated that the animals had “significantly increased selenium levels” in samples tested. He reported that the findings obtained at the department’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Kissimmee were confirmed by independent testing conducted at multiple other facilities across the nation. Selenium is a trace mineral which is essential for normal cell function and health in animals, and is often included in small quantities in supplements and feed for horses. Large doses, however, can be fatal to animals.

    “Signs exhibited by the horses and their rapid deaths were consistent with toxic doses of selenium,” Dr. Holt said.

    The University of Florida conducted necropsies on 15 of the horses and performed extensive toxicology testing. Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson said that no further information on the investigation can be disclosed at this time to prevent the investigation from being compromised.

    The Venezuelan polo team had charged Franck’s Pharmacy of Ocala, Florida, with preparing a substitute for a medication called Biodyl, which is not approved for use in the US, but is widely used elsewhere. Biodyl is a vitamin and mineral solution containing ATP, selenium and B12. The pharmaceutical compounding lab later admitted that “the strength of an ingredient in the medication was incorrect”. The medication was apparently given to the horses shortly before they began to collapse.

    “In light of the statement from Florida State Veterinarian Thomas J. Holt, we can confirm that the ingredient was selenium,” Jennifer Beckett, the pharmacy’s chief operations officer, said in a statement.

    It has yet to emerge if the error was due to the incorrect amount being specified in a prescription provided by the team’s veterinarian, or if the pharmaceutical lab was at fault with it’s dosage calculations.

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    April 21, 2009 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Just One More Pet, Unusual Stories | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

    Sniffing Out Ear Infections

    Ouch… My Ears Hurt!!

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    Dogs aren’t known for their sweet fragrance, but if you notice a foul odor — and Fifi hasn’t been rolling in yucky stuff — lift up her ear flaps and sniff. Healthy ears don’t smell bad. However, if you get a whiff of something alarmingly bad, chances are bacteria, mites, or fungi are thriving in your dog’s long and hairy ear canal. Other telltale signs of infection that warrant a vet visit include redness, discharge, extreme warmth, and sensitivity to touch. Your pet may run the side of her head along the floor, too. Don’t attempt to clean sore ears yourself if you are tenative — instead, get a diagnosis and treatment options first instructions from your vet.  (see some natural options below)

    Source:  RightAge

    Regardless of the cause of your pet’s occasional ear infection, make sure that you clean your pet’s ears on a regular basis. Use a solution of 50% Vinegar (Apple Cider Vinegar is the best) and 50% luke warm or room temperature Water and insert the solution into the ear canal. Gently massage it in and use cotton balls to clean out any debris. (This is also the same cleaning protocol you would want to use when your pet actually has an ear infection prior to administering any type of treatment.)

    APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, ALOE VERA GEL, HYDROGEN PEROXIDE /WATER mixture  is great for dog and cat ear aches:  one cup apple cider vinegar, two cups water, 1 tbsp pure aloe vera geland 1/2 tsp hydrogen peroxide.  ( 1 to 3 eyedroppers full in each ear 2 to 3 times a day depending on the size of your dog).

    Halo also makes Halo a good Herbal Ear Wash.

    For those of you with the regular pet swimmers, mix a solution of 1 cup of Water, 2 cups of Vinegar and 1 tablespoon of Rubbing Alcohol. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and squirt it onto the outside of the ear canal once or twice per week and after every swim. You can also use this solution applied with a cotton ball to clean out the inner part of the ear. The alcohol in the mixture will help to dissolve wax, whereas the vinegar creates an acidic environment that will not allow yeast or bacteria to grow in.

    Contributing Comment:  **Do not give Rimadyl to your loving pet. My dog died after just 2 doses. If I had known that the fatality rate was 30%, I never would have given it to him. The vet’s are supposed to tell you this, but they don’t. Look up the drug on the FDA website, its all spelled out. Another reason to look for natural remedies whenever possible.

    November 14, 2008 Posted by | Just One More Pet, Pets | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

    Top 10 Human Medications That Poison Our Pets

    Did you know that ingestion of human medications is the most common cause of household poisonings in small animals?

    Although pet parents are well aware of poisons lurking around their home, many don’t realize that some of the biggest culprits are sitting right on their own nightstands. In 2007, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center received 89,000 calls related to pets ingesting over-the-counter and prescription medications. To help you prevent an accident from happening, our experts have created a list of the top 10 human medications that most often poison our furry friends.

    If you suspect your pet has ingested any of the following items, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435. And remember to keep all medications tucked away in bathroom cabinets—and far from curious cats and dogs.

    NSAIDs
    NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen or naproxen are the most common cause of pet poisoning in small animals, and can cause serious problems even in minimal doses. Pets are extremely sensitive to their effects, and may experience stomach and intestinal ulcers and—in the case of cats—kidney damage.

    Antidepressants
    Antidepressants can cause vomiting and lethargy and certain types can lead to serotonin syndrome—a condition marked by agitation, elevated body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure, disorientation, vocalization, tremors and seizures.

    Acetaminophen
    Cats are especially sensitive to acetaminophen, which can damage red blood cells and interfere with their ability to transport oxygen. In dogs, it can cause liver damage and, at higher doses, red blood cell damage.

    Methylphenidate (for ADHD)
    Medications used to treat ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in people act as stimulants in pets and can dangerously elevate heart rates, blood pressure and body temperature, as well as cause seizures.

    Fluorouracil
    Fluorouracil—an anti-cancer drug—is used topically to treat minor skin cancers and solar keratitis in humans. It has proven to be rapidly fatal to dogs, causing severe vomiting, seizures and cardiac arrest even in those who’ve chewed on discarded cotton swabs used to apply the medication.

    Isoniazid
    Often the first line of defense against tuberculosis, isoniazid is particularly toxic for dogs because they don’t metabolize it as well as other species. It can cause a rapid onset of severe seizures that may ultimately result in death.

    Pseudoephedrine
    Pseudoephedrine is a popular decongestant in many cold and sinus products, and acts like a stimulant if accidentally ingested by pets. In cats and dogs, it causes elevated heart rates, blood pressure and body temperature as well as seizures.

    Anti-diabetics
    Many oral diabetes treatments—including glipizide and glyburide—can cause a major drop in blood sugar levels of affected pets. Clinical signs of ingestion include disorientation, lack of coordination and seizures.

    Vitamin D derivatives
    Even small exposures to Vitamin D analogues like calcipotriene and calcitriol can cause life-threatening spikes in blood calcium levels in pets. Clinical signs of exposure—including vomiting, loss of appetite, increased urination and thirst due to kidney failure—often don’t occur for more than 24 hours after ingestion.

    Baclofen
    Baclofen is a muscle relaxant that can impair the central nervous systems of cats and dogs. Some symptoms of ingestion include significant depression, disorientation, vocalization, seizures and coma, which can lead to death.

    • Pets are ultra-sensitive to anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen and naproxen, which can cause stomach and intestinal ulcers and kidney damage in cats.
    • Nothing like antidepressants to bring a pet down—they can trigger vomiting, lethargy and a frightening condition called serotonin syndrome.
    • The popular pain remedy acetaminophen is especially toxic to cats, and can damage red blood cells and interfere with oxygen flow.
    • Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant found in many cold remedies, but acts like a stimulant in cats and dogs, who can experience elevated heart rates and seizures.

    Pets often snatch pill vials from counters and nightstands or gobble up meds accidentally dropped on the floor. The solution? “Keep all medications in a cabinet,” advises Dr. Helen Myers, veterinary toxicologist at the ASPCA. “And consider taking your pills in a bathroom, so if you drop one, you can shut the door and prevent your pet from accessing the room until the medication is found.”

    Source:  ASPCA

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    October 17, 2008 Posted by | Animal Rights And Awareness, Just One More Pet, Pet Abuse, Pets | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

    UK Charity Says Dog Shows Encourage Deformities

    West Sussex, United Kingdom

    The RSPCA is calling for new measures to tackle “the unacceptably high levels of disability, deformity and disease that threaten pedigree dogs”.

    UK Charity Says Dog Shows Encourage Deformities     

    The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is probably the UK’s most widely recognized animal charity. Crufts is officially recognised as the world’s largest dog show by the Guinness Book of Records and the 2008 show had almost 23,000 dogs entered, including 1,165 dogs from overseas and 160,000 visitors. In the past, the RSPCA has staffed a stand at Crufts in order to promote general animal welfare issues. However, they have now suspended plans for stands at next year’s event.

    RSPCA chief veterinary adviser Mark Evans said: “Dog shows using current breed standards as the main judging criteria actively encourage both the intentional breeding of deformed and disabled dogs and the inbreeding of closely related animals. There is compelling scientific evidence that the health and welfare of hundreds of thousands of pedigree dogs is seriously compromised as a result. From a dog health and welfare perspective, such shows are fundamentally flawed and do our much loved pedigree dogs no favors. Intentionally breeding deformed and disabled animals is morally unjustifiable and it has to stop.”

    The RSPCA has commissioned an independent review of the science in this field, and will be discussing its findings with relevant experts and stakeholders later this year. The charity has so far failed to comment on its views regarding the Queen’s love of pedigree Corgi dogs.

    by Daphne Reid

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    September 19, 2008 Posted by | Animal Rights And Awareness, Just One More Pet, Pet Abuse, Pets | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

    Update: Nationwide Pet Food Recall

      UNITED STATES — Veterinarian Doctor Andrea Lee says a few of her clients have called with concerns about the latest pet food recall.    
        

    “They basically want to know if their dog is okay,” said Fairmount Animal Hospital Veterinarian Dr. Andrea Lee.

    Over the weekend, many products made by Mars Petcare were red flagged. This includes a number of national and private label brands, including Pedigree and Wegmans Bruiser dry dog food and Buju and Ziggie cat food.

    “The company recalled all of the products made at their Everson, Pennsylvania facility. They were recalled because of the possibility that they are connected to two cases of salmonella in people,” said Wegmans Media Relations Director Jo Natale.

    Wegmans has taken the products off their shelves and says so far, the recall is precautionary.

    “There has been no definite link with these two cases and no link at all between pet illness and these products,” said Natale. 

    Dr. Lee says pet owners who are concerned should watch for symptoms like lethargy, unwillingness to eat, vomiting or diarrhea. But she says despite the Menu Foods scare two years ago, most pet foods today are very safe.

    “I think that the manufactured pet foods are very safe for dogs. There are pretty strict regulations for manufacturers of these pet foods and their reputations depend on the safety of their food,” said Dr. Lee.

    For a full list of recalled products, visit www.petcare.mars.com or you can call 1-877-568-4463.

    By: Giselle Phelps

    Product Name / Bag Size / UPC

    Country Acres Cat Food 40#16603 02181
    Retriever Bites & Bones Dog Food 8#79818 96757
    Country Acres Ration Dog Food 40#16603 02333
    Retriever Bites & Bones Dog Food 20#79818 96634
    Country Acres 18% Dog Food 40#16603 02331
    Retriever Bites & Bones Dog Food 50#49394 05666
    Country Acres Hi Pro Dog Food 50#16603 02021
    Retriever Gravy Blend Dog Food 50#49394 05665
    Doggy Bag Dog Food 40#73893 40000
    Retriever Gravy Blend Dog Food 8#79818 96756
    Members Mark Complete Nutrition Premium Cat Food 20#81131 89881
    Retriever Hi Protein Dog Food 8#79818 96755
    Members Mark Complete Nutrition Premium Dog Food 50#05388 67055
    Retriever Hi Protein Dog Food 25#49394 00002
    Members Mark Crunchy Bites & Savory Bones Adult Dog Food 50#05388 67309
    Retriever Hi Protein Dog Food 50#49394 00003
    Members Mark High Performance Premium Dog Food 50#81131 75479
    Retriever Mini Chunk Dog Food 8#79818 96754
    Natural Cat Food (Sam’s Club) 15#81131 89883
    Retriever Mini Chunk Dog Food 25#49394 00006
    Natural Dog Food (Sam’s Club) 25#81131 89884
    Retriever Mini Chunk Dog Food 50#49395 00005
    Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition 4.4#81131 69377
    Retriever Puppy Blend Dog Food 6#49394 56221
    Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition 8#05388 67144
    Retriever Puppy Blend Dog Food 8#79818 96758
    Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition 22#05388 60342
    Retriever Puppy Blend Dog Food 20#49394 00004
    Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition 50#78742 01022
    Retriever Puppy Blend Dog Food 40#79818 96706
    Ol’ Roy High Performance Nutrition Dog Food 20#05388 60345
    Special Kitty Gourmet 3.5#81131 17546
    Ol’ Roy High Performance Nutrition Dog Food 50#78742 05815
    Special Kitty Gourmet 4#78742 53199
    Ol’ Roy Meaty Chunks ‘n Gravy Dog Food 8#81131 69629
    Special Kitty Gourmet 7#81131 17547
    Ol’ Roy Meaty Chunks ‘n Gravy Dog Food 22#81131 69630
    Special Kitty Gourmet 8#78742 53200
    Ol’ Roy Meaty Chunks ‘n Gravy Dog Food 50#81131 69631
    Special Kitty Gourmet 18#81131 15748
    Ol’ Roy Puppy Complete 4#81131 79078
    Special Kitty Gourmet 20#78742 53201
    Ol’ Roy Puppy Complete 8#81131 79079
    Special Kitty Gourmet 25#78742 54314
    Ol’ Roy Puppy Complete 20#81131 79080
    Special Kitty Kitten 3.5#81131 17553
    Paws & Claws Delicious Mix Cat Food 8#79818 96632
    Special Kitty Kitten 4#78742 53198
    Paws & Claws Delicious Mix Cat Food 20#49394 05746
    Special Kitty Kitten 7#81131 17554
    Paws & Claws Delicious Mix Cat Food 40#79818 96676
    Special Kitty Kitten 8#81131 24739
    Paws & Claws Premium Choice Cat Food 8#79818 96633
    Special Kitty Original 3.5#81131 17557
    Paws & Claws Premium Choice Cat Food 20#49394 00008
    Special Kitty Original 4#78742 04930
    Paws & Claws Premium Choice Cat Food 40#49394 05747
    Special Kitty Original 7#81131 17562
    Pedigree Large Breed Adult Nutrition 20#23100 29158
    Special Kitty Original 8#78742 05744
    Pedigree Large Breed Adult Nutrition 30.1#23100 31484
    Special Kitty Original 18#81131 17559
    Pedigree Large Breed Adult Nutrition 36.4#23100 31479
    Special Kitty Original 20#78742 05794
    Pedigree Large Breed Adult Nutrition 40#23100 29154
    Special Kitty Original 25#81131 68869
    Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition 4.4#23100 05104
    Wegman’s Bruiser Complete Nutrition Dog Food 4.4#77890 33654
    Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition 8.8#23100 05103
    Wegman’s Bruiser Complete Nutrition Dog Food 20#77890 32988
    Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition 20#23100 14719
    Wegman’s Bruiser Complete Nutrition Dog Food 37.5#77890 32994
    Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition 32#23100 31483
    Wegman’s Bruiser Puppy Dog Food 4.4#77890 33621
    Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition 40#23100 31478
    Wegman’s Bruiser Puppy Dog Food 17.6#77890 32991
    Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition 44#23100 05100
    Wegman’s Bruiser Small Crunchy Bites Dog Food 4.4#77890 33618
    Pedigree Small Crunchy Bites Adult Nutrition 52#23100 05110
    Wegman’s Bruiser Small Crunchy Bites Dog Food 20#77890 32982
    Pet Pride Indoor Cat 3.5#11110 74584
    Wegman’s Buju & Ziggie Complete Cat Food 3.5#77890 10005
    Pet Pride Indoor Cat 18#11110 74585
    Wegman’s Buju & Ziggie Complete Cat Food 18#77890 10004
    Pet Pride Weight Management Dog Food 17.6#11110 74578
    Wegman’s Buju & Ziggie Indoor Cat Food 3.5#77890 12038
    PMI Nutrition Bites & Bones Dog Food 50#42869 00174
    Wegman’s Buju & Ziggie Indoor Cat Food 18#77890 12039
    PMI Nutrition Canine Advantage 50#42869 00172
    Wegman’s Buju & Ziggie Kitten 3.5#77890 12036
    PMI Nutrition Feline Medley 20#42869 00171
    Wegman’s Buju & Ziggie Original Medley Cat Food 3.5#77890 10006
    PMI Nutrition Gravy Crunches Dog Food 40#42869 00033
    Wegman’s Buju & Ziggie Original Medley Cat Food 18#77890 10003
    Red Flannel Active Formula Dog Food 40# 42869 00063
    Red Flannel Adult Formula Dog Food 20# 42869 00055
    Red Flannel Adult Formula Dog Food 40# 42869 00054
    Red Flannel Canine Select Dog Food 20#42869 00068
    Red Flannel Canine Select Dog Food 40#42869 00067
    Red Flannel Cat 10#42869 00059

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    September 17, 2008 Posted by | Animal Rights And Awareness, Just One More Pet, Pets | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

    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