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Young medium spayed female Terrier mix
I was transferred from Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary in hopes of a second chance at finding a new forever home. I’m a very sweet girl that loves to play. Please come meet me and make me a part of your family!
Young adult spayed female Domestic Short Hair
My wish this holiday season is to find a home where someone will feed me, love me, and keep my litter smelling fresh! Oh, and a nice cozy bed to sleep on and some toys would be nice as well. I know I look cute and cuddly, but I would prefer snuggling with you on my own terms. It may take some time for me to warm up to you, but once I’m feeling safe and comfortable there will be no stopping my affection! Enough of the small talk—when are you going to make my holiday wish come true?
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The Dangers of Chocolate and Xylitol for Dogs
Dark chocolate has been touted for its many health benefits. Studies show that eating a small amount each day will boost your cardiovascular and immune systems. However, feeding a small amount to your dog can be very hazardous.
Bittersweet, or dark chocolate, is the most dangerous variety. It contains a high concentration of theobromine. Theobromine is the caffeine-like agent to which dogs are very sensitive. Milk chocolate contains less theobromine than dark chocolate. A dog must therefore eat a larger quantity to be affected. White chocolate is the most benign form since it does not contain cocoa powder, the source of theobromine.
The side effects of chocolate ingestion can be observed within a few hours of ingestion and can last for several days. Vomiting and diarrhea are the most common side effects followed by panting, restlessness, hyperactivity and seizures. Sudden death from cardiac arrest can occur, so a dog’s exposure to chocolate should receive immediate attention.
If your dog consumes chocolate, call your veterinarian, or a pet poison hotline immediately and report the quantity and variety ingested. If the ingestion is detected early enough, vomiting can be induced and activated charcoal administered to help stop absorption.
Never make chocolate accessible to your dog. Some people will do anything for a chocolate fix. Dogs are no different.
Another substance that is safe for people, yet toxic to dogs is xylitol. It is a sugar alcohol found in many sugar free products such as baked goods, vitamins, mints and many chewing gums. Dogs are particularly sensitive to xylitol’s effects on insulin, the body’s hormone that regulates blood sugar. As a result, after ingesting a xylitol product, a dog can experience a sudden drop in blood sugar and become weak and have seizures. This side effect is fortunately reversible.
Xylitol’s effects on a dog’s liver are often fatal. There is no antidote for xylitol, but veterinarians can provide supportive care to dogs exposed to this agent. The sooner treatment is administered, the better the chances for survival. Be sure to avoid feeding your dog any products containing xylitol. If you suspect or witness ingestion of an item containing xylitol, contact your veterinarian or poison hotline immediately.
PET POISON HOTLINE 1-800-213-6680
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