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Top Ten Items Surgically Removed From Pets

Top Ten Items Surgically Removed From Pets

Our pets are sure curious, and their curiosity can definitely get them into trouble sometimes.  Especially when they swallow something they shouldn’t have. Have you ever had to have something surgically removed from your pet?

Here are the top ten most common items surgically removed from pets, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance:

Panty Hose
Chew Toys
Corn Cobs
Hair Ties/Ribbons

Other frequently ingested objects include nails, sewing needles and nipples from baby bottles.  But VPI has also received medical records for pets that have swallowed pagers, hearing aids, drywall, snail bait, batteries, rubber bands, toy cars, and sand with bacon grease poured on it.

“It’s no secret that cats are curious and dogs like to chew on things,” said Dr. Carol McConnell, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. “Unfortunately, those traits can motivate pets to chew on, bite, or swallow items they shouldn’t.  Some of these objects will pass naturally, but others have a tendency to become lodged in pets’ gastrointestinal tracts, resulting in pain, vomiting, or internal injury.  In those cases, surgery may be a necessity.”

The best thing pet owners can do to prevent costly foreign body removal surgery is keep a clean living space. This includes making sure that personal items are not left on the floor or within easy reach of pets and remaining aware of each pet’s chewing tendencies.

Certain objects may appeal more to some pets than others. Knowledge of a pet’s tastes and tendencies can help pet owners exercise caution when letting a pet near objects that could be accidentally swallowed. Also remember that table scraps can contain excessive grease, bones or other objects not easily digested by pets.

“Most of these incidents occur without the pet owner’s knowledge,” said McConnell.  “Pets can get anxious if left alone and start chewing on objects to relieve boredom or stress.  Never ignore the signs that a pet may have swallowed something inedible: continual vomiting, dry heaving and/or  coughing.  If these symptoms occur, your pet should be examined by a veterinarian.”

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Raisin Toxicity

Raisin Toxicity

By Laurinda Morris, DVM

This week I had the first case in history of raisin toxicity ever seen at MedVet.  My patient was a 56-pound, 5 yr old male neutered lab mix that ate half a canister of raisins sometime between 7:30 AM and  4:30 PM on Tuesday.

He started with vomiting, diarrhea and shaking about 1AM on Wednesday but the owner didn't call my emergency service until 7AM.

I had heard somewhere about raisins AND grapes causing acute Renal failure but hadn't seen any formal paper on the subject.

We had her bring the dog in immediately.  In the meantime, I called the ER service at MedVet, and the doctor there was like me – had heard something about it, but….

Anyway, we contacted the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center and they said to give IV fluids at 1 times maintenance and watch the kidney values for the next 48-72 hours.

The dog's BUN (blood urea nitrogen level) was already at 32 (normal less than 27) and creatinine over 5 (1.9 is the high end of normal). Both are monitors of kidney function in the bloodstream. We placed an IV catheter and started the fluids.

Rechecked the renal values at 5 PM and the BUN was over 40 and creatinine over 7 with no urine production after a liter of fluids.

At the point I felt the dog was in acute renal failure and sent him on to MedVet for a urinary catheter to monitor urine output overnight as well
as overnight care.

He started vomiting again overnight at MedVet and his renal values have continued to increase daily. He produced urine when given lasix as a diuretic.  He was on 3 different anti-vomiting medications and they still couldn't control his vomiting.

Today his urine output decreased again, his BUN was over 120, his creatinine was at 10, his phosphorus was very elevated and his blood pressure, which had been staying around 150, skyrocketed to 220..
He continued to vomit and the owners elected to euthanize.

This is a very sad case – great dog, great owners who had no idea raisins could be a toxin.

Please alert everyone you know who has a dog of this very serious risk.

Poison control said as few as 7 raisins or grapes could be toxic. Many people I know give their dogs grapes or raisins as treats including our ex-handler's.

Any exposure should give rise to immediate concern.

Laurinda Morris, DVM
Danville Veterinary Clinic
Danville , Ohio


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Holiday Plants and Dangers Involved

Holiday Plants and Dangers Involved

As you prepare to deck your halls, walls, and general surroundings, be aware of a few holiday greens that may be dangerous to your dog.
Holly and mistletoe:

Ingesting these festive holiday plants can lead to serious diarrhea and tummy upset.  It's possible that mistletoe may also cause cardiovascular problems.
Poinsettias and Lilies:

Both are known to upset Bowser's belly and bowels, but poinsettias are particularly irritating to the mouth and can be poisonous.

Other Plants:

Amaryllis, Christmas cactus, cyclamens and potted Norfolk Island pines are popular gifts during the season, but be sure to keep them out of your pet's reach.  Hanging baskets can work well for some of these plants.  Be sure to check them regularly for dropped leaves, flowers or berries.

Holiday trees:

Keep thirsty pups away from tree water.  It's often mixed with fertilizers, which tend to upset the stomach. And if the water has been sitting for a while, it may harbor potentially harmful bacteria.  Do not put an asprin in the water for the tree, your pet may drink it.  
Pine needles:

If swallowed, they can pierce the stomach or intestines.  In some cases, they can be toxic.

Greenery Swags & Wreaths:

Pine, spruce, hemlock, holly and other seasonal greens can be harmful if eaten by a dog or cat.  Be sure they are hung out of your pet's reach and check regularly for fallen berries, needles or cones.  Get rid of greenery as soon as it dries out and starts dropping profusely.

What To Do If Your Pet Is Poisoned

- Don't panic but try to think clearly and work quickly.

- If you know what has poisoned your pet, take a moment to gather a  sample along with any package labeling.  Be sure to take the product container with you to your vet. Also, collect any chewed or vomited material in a zip-lock bag.

- If you witness your pet consuming material that you suspect might be toxic, do not hesitate to seek emergency assistance, even if you do not  notice any adverse effects. Sometimes, even if poisoned, an animal may appear normal for several hours or for days after the incident.

Call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888) 426-4435. There is a $55 consultation fee for this service.

The following information will be required when you call:

- the species, breed, age, sex, weight and number of animals involved

- the animal's symptoms

- information regarding the exposure, including the agent (if known), the amount of the agent involved and the time elapsed since the time of  exposure.

If your animal is having seizures, losing consciousness, is unconscious or is having difficulty breathing, telephone ahead and bring your pet immediately to your local veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic.

If necessary, he or she may call the APCC.  Always consult a veterinarian or the APCC for directions on how and when to use any emergency first-aid item.

I hope you find this informative article useful.

Good Health to your Dog!

The Naturally Healthy Dog™





The Chai Story

"On Sunday, June 22, 2008 my 10-year old lab mix, Chai, sustained a severe injury from a product that the company Four Paws Inc, produces. The toy I'm referencing is the pimple ball with bell. (Item #20227-001, UPC Code 0 4566320227 9)

While chewing on the toy, a vacuum was created and it effectively sucked his tongue into the hole in the ball. From speaking with my vet, this likely occurred because there is not a second hole in the ball preventing the vacuum effect from happening.

I became aware of this when Chai approached a friend at my home
whimpering with the ball in his mouth. She tried unsuccessfully to remove the ball but the tongue had swollen and could not be released.

Chai was taken to the Animal Medical Center (an emergency care facility in New York City) and was treated by Dr. Nicole Spurlock to have the ball removed. Because the size of the opening on the ball was so small, all circulation to his tongue was cut off. The doctors had to sedate him in order to remove it.

Once the ball was removed, his tongue swelled to the point that he could no longer put it in his mouth. Chai was sent home with care instructions and to be observed overnight for any changes.

By the following morning Chai's tongue had swollen even more. He was
taken to his regular vet, Dr. Timnah Lee, for treatment. He was admitted and kept sedated for a period of three days during which time they were treating his wounds and waiting to determine how much of his tongue could be saved.

On June 26, 2008 Chai had his tongue amputated. He was kept in after-care for an additional three days. On Sunday June 29th I brought Chai home from the vet with a barrage of home care instructions, to last for an additional 7 days.

His next visit was to have his mouth re-examined and have the feeding tube in his neck removed.

On the way home from the vet we stopped at Petland Discount where I purchased their product to speak to the manager on duty. Upon meeting Chai and seeing his condition, he removed all of the balls in question from the shelves. He also gave me the customer service number to their corporate headquarters to request that they refuse to continue purchasing all Four Paws products, but I have not called them as of  yet.


Additionally, I shared my story with friends who have a French Bulldog named Petunia. Upon hearing my story their eyes widened. They explained that the same thing happened twice in one night with a smaller version of the same ball to their dog. Fortunately, they were able to pull it off before the tongue swelled, but not without tremendous effort and pain to the dog. They recalled how horrific it was to hear their dog screaming while they had to pry the ball from her tongue.

To date, my veterinary bills total over $5000.00 and I will have regular follow up appointments for some time. Additionally, Chai now requires a much more expensive form of food because of this injury, averaging approximately $200 per month.

Also – I am Chai's sole caretaker and the regime required to care for him following his surgery has forced me to lose a great deal of business. I am a hair stylist and my salon is in my home. Given that Chai needs constant attention, and given that he has been wailing in pain, I have not been
able to see clients.

Additionally, I now have to re-teach my dog to eat, drink and adjust to life without his tongue. Just walking him requires about 30min twice a day and we only make it three blocks. Feeding him takes me about 90 minutes twice a day and for at least this first week he is not to be unattended for more than 20 minutes at time.

I also learned of an animal treatment clinic that has also documented the same injury to a Shepard mix.  

I sent this information along with the reference to Petunia, the french bulldog, to Four Paws Inc, and it is their position that there just aren't enough instances to do anything about this.

I told their Insurance company's case manager that was not a good enough excuse, it was inferred that my dog's value wasn't much and that his pain and suffering doesn't count as he is just a piece of property."

I hope you find this story helpful.

Good Health to your Dog!

The Naturally Healthy Dog™




I have two female Papillons.  They are half sisters and only 6 months apart in age.  Digit is 6 years old and weighs 4 lbs.  Pip is 5 ½ years old and weighs 6 lbs.

One evening in December, I let Digit out to run around in the back yard and Pip was in the house with me.  Because they had started getting into scuffles, I had been letting them out at different times and always made sure that I picked up whoever was on the side of the door with me.

Anyway, with boarding dogs in the house and other things going on, I went to the back door to let Pip out and forgot that Digit was already outside.

It was dark and I had not turned on the deck light, so when I opened the door, there was little Digit sitting there patiently waiting for someone to let her in.  Pip immediately jumped on Digit and a fight ensued.

First, I had to be sure that the boarding dogs were in a safe place and would not get involved.  Then because Pip was on top of Digit, I “scruffed” her at the back of the neck to pick her up.  She still had hold of Digit.  By this time I did have them inside the house where there was a carpeted floor and then Pip let go of Digit.

I immediately put Pip in the crate that was by the door and turned my attention to Digit.  She was on her back, head was twisted to the left, lips drawn back and all four legs straight and stiff up in the air.  She was clearly in a seizure!

I picked Digit up and carried her to the bed and first checked for any blood.  I did not see any.  I called my best friend and mentor, Christine, and the first thing she said was to “give her Rescue Remedy and this time your’re going to have to go to the Vet.”

You know that I use a Homeopathic Vet and believe in using natural remedies and alternative treatments. So, I gave her a big dropper of Rescue Remedy, tried to get in touch with my Vet, and gave her another dose of Rescue Remedy. Rescue Remedy is a mixture of Bach flower essences and it’s purpose is to relieve stress.  So it was the natural thing to give her right away.

As luck would have it, my Vet had closed for the day and the only thing open was the emergency clinic.  They are very good, but they are strictly conventional.  I wrapped her in a towel to keep her warm and her body had already begun to relax from what I had given her.

When we got to the clinic, they took us into an exam room and then took her to the back.  After what seemed an eternity, I walked into the back.  I am used to always being with my dogs whenever anything is being done to them.  The Vet was examining her and was surrounded by a lot of techs.  She answered a few questions for me and then I told her that I was not leaving my dog.  So, she and the techs got Digit and we all walked back into the exam room.

Digit was awake and alert but when the Vet put her on the floor, she could not stand without help.  Also, her eyes were pulled to the left.  She could not look straight ahead.  After a while she was placed on the floor again and this time she could only walk in tight circles to the left.  She tried to come to me and could only “crab” to the left and eventually make it to me.

The vet told me that she had a critical brain injury with secondary neurological deficits and that she should stay there for the night.  She had also begun to have serous discharge from her nose.  Because I always take care of my dogs, I wanted to take her home so I could watch her.  So they told me some of the things I needed to watch for and by the time I heard “critical brain injury” for the third time, I decided it would be best to leave her there so that trained people could watch over her.

The Vet said that the first thing they would do is give here a cortisone shot.  I immediately told her not to, that I did not want them to give her anything without calling me first and discussing why it was needed.  Cortisone shots will help break down the natural immune system.  I did agree with putting her on an IV to hydrate her.  They were to call me with any changes that occurred and I was free to call them anytime.  By the time I left, which was 3hours later, Digit was still walking in circles to the left, but they were larger circles.

I called several time during the night and was told each time that she was continuing to improve.  When I picked her up the next morning they were amazed at the amount of improvement she had made.  She no longer had the twisted neck.  Her eyes were still being pulled to the left, but only mildly.  She was able to stand, if she was leaning on something.  She was still unable to walk by herself, but their notation on the discharge sheet stated, “Drastically improved over presentation last night.”

I took her to my vet’s clinic and found out that he was away and unreachable that day, a Friday, and would return on Monday.  They kept her for the day and continued fluids, and because they practice with a homeopathic vet, they are somewhat familiar with what he would do.  So they started her on Arnica Montana, a homeopathic remedy that is recommended for brain and spinal cord injury.  It prevents further damage and can speed healing.  It is especially good for blunt traumas that result in bruising.  I picked her up that afternoon and they were amazed at the progress that she was continuing to show, so they felt that they did not need to see her on Saturday unless there was a set back.

On Monday I took her to see her vet and by that time she was walking “almost” straight and her eyes were fine.  There was some weakness on her left side, but he felt that since she had improved that much in such a short time, that over time, she would get all her strength back.

He also changed her remedy to Natrum sulphricum which is also recommended for brain and spinal cord injury, but especially if there is pain at the base of the brain and the back of the neck, which Digit displayed.  She was on the new remedy for a week and I took her back to the vet and we were both pleased at the improvement.  She still had some weakness on the left side but we both felt that she would regain her strength over time, which she has.

A week later I took her in for a chiropractic treatment and she seemed to enjoy it very much.  He worked on her neck quite a bit and she let him know when enough was enough.

While I was writing this, a friend dropped by who had not seen Digit since the week after her injury.  Her statement was, “You can’t tell that anything ever happened to her.”

And that is true.  She is back to her old self.

What I want to point out is, there were no drugs used in the recovery.  Since Digit has never had any vaccines or antibiotics, and has always been fed a healthy raw diet, she has a strong immune system.

By giving her Rescue Remedy right away to help with stress, which can weaken the immune system, her own system helped her recover a lot that first night.  By giving her the homeopathic remedies that helped cure what was going on in her body, plus her natural strong immunity, she was able to make a full recovery.

No antibiotics, shots, procedures, etc, just natural remedies and nature doing its thing.

This is what you can do for your dog if you feed the correct diet and stay away from vaccines and antibiotics (unless absolutely necessary) and this is a conversation you must have with your own vet and then make your own decision.  Don’t have something done to your dog just because your vet says so.

S/He’s your dog and she relies on you to make the right decisions for her.  Find a homeopathic or holistic vet and start going to them.  Feed the correct diet.  It may cost a little more, but I promise you that you will have less vet visits.

Please contact me with any questions you may have about this newsletter.  I love to hear from you.


Good Health to your Dog!

The Naturally Healthy Dog™

“Warning to all dog owners!”

"Warning to all dog owners!"



"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 the first website and it was the one. Next, I called our vet. She said to bring her in immediately.


Unfortunately, it was still rush hour and it took me almost ½ hour to get there. Meanwhile, since this was her first case, our vet found another website to figure out the treatment. She took Chloe and said they would induce her to vomit, give her a 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.

Almost two hours later, the vet called and said that contents of her stomach contained 2-3 gum wrappers and that her blood sugar had dropped from 90 to 59 in 30 minutes. She wanted us to take Chloe to another hospital that has a critical care unit operating around the clock.

We picked her up and took her there. They had us call the ASPCA poison control for a case number and for a donation, their doctors would direct Chloe's doctor on treatment. They would continue the IV, monitor her blood every other hour and then in 2 days test her liver function. She ended up with a central line in her jugular vein since the one in her leg collapsed, just as our regular vet had feared.

Chloe spent almost the entire weekend in the critical care hospital. After her blood sugar was stabilized, she came home yesterday. They ran all the tests again before they released her and so far, no sign of liver damage. Had I not seen her head in the purse, she probably would have died and we wouldn't  even had known why.

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


Good Health to your Dog!

The Naturally Healthy Dog

How Do You Know If Your Dog Is Obese?


How Do You Know

 If Your Dog Is Obese?



Place your thumbs squarely in the middle of your dog's back and allow your fingers to feel the ribs. If the ribs are easily felt with a slight layer of muscle and fat in between, your dog is probably at the correct weight.


If the ribs are difficult to feel with a thick layer of fat in between, your pet may be overweight.


If the ribs cannot be felt and are covered by a thick layer of fat, your pet is probably obese.


Overweight dogs are 10 to 20 percent above their ideal body weight, while obese dogs are more than 20 percent above their ideal body weight.


Just press lightly on the ribcage, you should be able to feel the outline of the ribs. Don't poke hard, just take the palms of your hand over the dogs ribcage.


Also the belly should be tucked up rather than hanging down.


Hopefully  your dog is at a great, healthy weight, but if not,

 preparing your own diet will allow him to lose the weight.


Get "Real Dogs Don't Eat Kibble!" at

Thank you again and good health to you and your dog.  


PetSmart Pulls Smokehouse Brand Dog Treats (2009)

Smokehouse Brand Dog Treats Pulled From PetSmart Shelves

As of Friday, Septembe 14, PetSmart has pulled various Smokehouse Brand dog treats off of their shelves. There have been reports of pets becoming ill after eating the treats, and as a precaution, PetSmart has removed the products. There has been no formal recall as of yet.

Here is what the PetSmart corporate office released to the PetSmart stores:

“Today the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) issued a media alert warning some treat products from China may be a potential threat to pets due to ’several complaints from pet owners and veterinarians of illness in dogs.’

No deaths have been reported at this time. The symptoms of pets reported sick were vomiting, lethargy and anorexia. To date, testing by the FDA and PetSmart Techinical Service, has ruled out melamine contamination
that might be making pets sick.

For now, we’re going to take the precautionary measure to pull this product from the shelves and contain it in the backroom. Our experts will continue to monitor the situation, analyze samples for a variety of possible problems and ask the vendor to test additonal product. Because of the relatively small number of complaints at this point, we’re not issuing a recall. We’ll provide timely updates as more information becomes available.”

Here is the SKU list of the Smokehouse Brand dog treats that have been pulled off of PetSmart shelves:

7856525052 5108696 Chicken Chips 1lb.
7856525053 5108692 Chicken Chips 8oz.
7856525092 5108693 Chicken Poppers 8oz.
7856525093 5108698 Chicken Poppers 1lb.
7856525134 5108691 Chicken Tenders 8oz.
7856525137 5126536 Chicken Breast Tender Snacks 1lb.
7856525138 5126535 Chicken Tenders 2lb.
7856584255 5126702 Duck Breast Tenders 8oz.
7856584256 5126534 Duck Breast Tenders 1lb.
7856584257 5126532 Duck Chips 1lb.
7856584258 5126531 Duck and Sweet Potato 1lb.
7856585808 5108695 Chicken Tenders 1lb.


Canidae’s Pet Food Tests Negative For Acetaminophen

A Canidae spokesperson released this statement on Friday:

"In view of recent reports that have been circulating that products of major pet food manufacturers contain acetaminophen, Canidae wants our customers to know that we have tested our products. The results confirm
what we at Canidae already know: we do not put acetaminophen in our products in any way, shape or form. Independent laboratory results found
no detectable acetaminophen at 1 part per million.

One unconfirmed report by one laboratory appears to have given rise to the postings and rumors about our products. That same laboratory has also claimed acetaminophen contamination in other anufacturers’ products that the FDA and the laboratory at the University of California have examined and found that the claims could not be validated.

We are not aware of any other laboratory that claims to have found acetaminophen in pet food samples. The independent testing of our products includes samples from the same lot that gave rise to the claim about our products as well as samples from a second lot. Again, no detectable level of acetaminophen was found down to the 1 part per million level.

Canidae is committed to the highest level of safety for our products and we live up to that commitment:  we do not use Chinese suppliers. All of our products are made in the US. We believe that there are no products on the market today that are safer or more nutritious for your pet than Canidae pet foods".


The Naturally Healthy Dog™



Foods To Avoid Feeding Your Dog

Foods To Avoid Feeding Your Dog

Your Dog's Health: Are You Innocently Feeding These Seven Foods That Could Kill Your Dog?

Since diet is the foundation to your dog’s health, you want to feed the best diet possible. I for one believe that the whole foods raw diet is the best. It consists of raw, organically raised meats and organic fruits and vegetables. By feeding this quality food to your dog, you will improve his health, quality of life and extend the length of his life. But along with knowing what is best to feed your dogs, you must also be aware of what NOT to feed your furry companions.

The old saying is true – you are what you eat. If you feed poor quality dog food to your dog, his digestive system will bear the consequences. The organs that are affected are the liver, pancreas, kidneys and skin. The liver and pancreas are affected as part of the digestive system and the liver, kidneys and skin as part of the elimination system. The most damaging thing about the majority of dry commercial dog foods on the market today is that they contain toxic dyes, chemicals and preservatives. Those toxins build up in the body and over time cause damage to the liver and kidneys.

The number one killer of dogs today is cancer. In 1997, oncologists from Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine published diet recommendations to help combat cancer. Since cancer cells thrive on sugar and create lactate as a waste, they recommend excluding lactate-containing and glucose-containing fluids. The lactate poisons the dog by depleting its energy, making it weaker. So, limit sugars and simple carbohydrates. A diet that can meet the anti-cancer recommendations is a homemade species appropriate diet. That diet is the whole raw foods diet.

The 1997 study also provided knowledge of some other foods to avoid.

  • Chocolate – I hope that you already know to never, never, NEVER feed your dog chocolate. It contains theobromine, which is toxic for your dog. It also contains caffeine which is a nerve irritant. Your dog can go into a coma and die from eating chocolate.
  • Sugar – Sugar in whatever form, is addictive, causes damage to the pancreas, and depletes the body of vitamins and minerals.
  • Dairy products – Milk has foreign hormones and lactose, which is a sugar. Most dogs do not have the lactase enzyme that is needed to digest lactose.
  • Grain – Dogs do not need the carbohydrates in grains for nutrition and energy.
  • Fats and protein in a natural dog diet provide the fuel that your dog needs. Grains break down into sugar in the body and they can also add to many health problems. They can cause your dog to have skin allergies, hot spots, bloating, ear infections, joint problems, and digestive disorders. Some vets believe that they weaken the immune system and the pancreas.
  • Raw Salmon – Be careful in feeding salmon. In fact, it is better and safer to give your dog Norwegian Salmon Oil. Salmon poisoning is an infectious disease caused by a parasite fluke on salmon. Although it is mostly found in Pacific salmon, it can occur elsewhere.
  • Onions – Raw or cooked, one quarter cup of onions can make a 20 lb. dog sick. Onions cause toxicity by oxidizing hemoglobin in the red blood cells. When this happens, it forms clumps in the red blood cells which prevent them from carrying the oxygen that is needed. These small clumps are called Heinz bodies and when veterinarians see them, they strongly suspect onion toxicity. The signs of onion toxicosis are the same as anemia and low oxygen in the body – lethargy, weakness, red urine, decreased stamina, and pale or bluish gums.
  • Raisins and Grapes – Can cause toxicity in dogs. Some dogs may never be affected, but for the ones who are, it is best to avoid feeding to any dog. Some dogs will develop kidney damage within the first days of eating grapes and/or raisins, which can lead to kidney failure and death. So, it is in the best interest of your dog to avoid this food altogether. If you dog should accidentally eat grapes or raisins and have a reaction to them, their first reaction will be vomiting. Get them to a Vet immediately in that if they are treated early, they can recover. At this time, it is not known what the toxin is.

I hope that you find this article helpful, and that it has helped raise your awareness that not all foods that may be good for you are appropriate for your dog’s health. Many can cause very severe health problems. By avoiding potentially dangerous foods, and providing healthy foods, you can add to the quality and joy of your dog’s life.

I wish you the best of life for you and your dog.

Sandra Bailey, who has raised dogs for over 50 years, is the author of “Real Dogs Don’t Eat Kibble!” She is a member of the National Center for Homeopathy and a Professional Member of the Animal Wellness Association. She is the owner of the website, and blog

Throw Away Chinese Toothpaste!


FDA Warns – Throw Away Chinese Toothpaste!





The government warned consumers on Friday to avoid using toothpaste made in China because it may contain a poisonous chemical used in antifreeze. Out of caution, the Food and Drug Administration said, people should throw away toothpaste with labeling that says it was made in China.


The FDA is concerned that these products may contain diethylene


The agency is not aware of any poisoning from toothpaste in the United States, but it did find the antifreeze ingredient in a shipment at the U.S. border and at two retail stores: a Dollar Plus store in Miami and a Todo A Peso store in Puerto Rico.


Officials said they are primarily concerned about toothpaste sold at bargain retail outlets. The ingredient in question, called DEG, is used as a lower-cost sweetener and thickening agent. The highest concentration of the chemical found in toothpaste so far was between 3 percent and 4 percent of the product's overall weight.


"It does not belong in toothpaste even in small concentrations," said the FDA's Deborah M. Autor.


The FDA increased its scrutiny of toothpaste made in China because of reports of contamination in several countries, including Panama.


The agency is particularly concerned about chronic exposure to DEG in children and in people with kidney or liver disease.  Agency officials said they had no estimate of how many tubes of tainted toothpaste might have made it into the U.S.


"Our concern today is potentially about all toothpaste that  comes in from China," Autor said. "Our estimate is that China makes up about $3.3 million of the $2 billion U.S. toothpaste market."


The agency also issued an import alert Friday for all dental products containing DEG. The alert means toothpaste from China will be stopped at the border, she said.


Companies that make brands previously found with DEG will have to prove the toothpaste is free of the chemical before it's allowed into the country. Meanwhile, all other brands of Chinese-made toothpaste will be stopped for testing, something the agency has been doing since May 23.


The import alert posted by the government says DEG has been mproperly used in a variety of sedatives, syrups and cough medicines worldwide. Most recently, a cough syrup containing DEG resulted in more than 40 deaths in Panama last September.


The alert says the agency found DEG in three products manufactured by Goldcredit International Trading in China.  The products are Cooldent Fluoride, Cooldent Spearmint and Cooldent ICE. Analysis of the products revealed they contained between 3 percent and 4 percent DEG.


The agency also found the chemical in one product manufactured
by Suzhou City Jinmao Daily Chemical Co. in China. Analysis of that product, Shir Fresh Mint Fluoride Paste, found it contained about 1 percent DEG.


China's food safety problems have in recent months become a matter of international concern, a situation reflected in trade talks between Chinese and U.S. officials in Washington last week.


Most notably, on March 15, FDA learned that certain pet foods were sickening and killing cats and dogs. FDA found contaminants in vegetable proteins imported into the United States from China and used as ingredients in pet food.


Hopefully all of your pets are well and you do not not have 0ne

of these products.  It just supports even more the importance

of paying attention to the ingredients of what you buy.

Thank you again and good health to you and your dog.