5 Surprising Foods That Can Poison Pets

Common snacks for us can be toxic to dogs
by Candy Sagon

Dogs are most commonly affected because of their indiscriminate eating habits.

We know that you love your furry four-legged friends, but did you realize that some common household foods could make your pets extremely ill?

A recent review of studies published in the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science by two Italian researchers at the University of Milan found that several typical human foods were frequently involved in the inadvertent poisoning of pets, particularly dogs.

Grapes and their dried products (raisins, sultanas and currants)

Grapes, both fresh and dried (raisins, sultanas and currants), can cause kidney failure in dogs, although some dogs are more susceptible than others, the review found.

For example, some dogs ate up to 2 pounds of raisins without any life-threatening effect, while others died after eating just a handful. Kidney failure was reported in a dog weighing about 18 pounds that ate only four to five grapes. Given this wide range of reactions, dogs that eat any amount of grapes or raisins should be taken quickly to a veterinarian.

Artificial sweetener xylitol

The artificial sweetener xylitol is used in sugar-free gum and other sweets and baked goods, as well as in a number of dental care products, because of its antibacterial properties.

As its use has spread, so have reports of severe, life-threatening problems in dogs that ate foods that contained the sweetener. Xylitol, the researchers explained, causes a “dramatic decrease in blood glucose levels” in dogs. It also has been associated with liver failure.

Symptoms of xylitol poisoning can occur within 30 to 60 minutes of ingestion, but they also may occur up to 12 hours later. Symptoms begin with vomiting and can worsen to lethargy, collapse and seizures.

A recent study reported 192 cases of xylitol poisoning in dogs from 2007 to 2012. All the dogs survived, thanks to prompt veterinary care, researchers noted.

PETA calls for boycott of ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ after disturbing video surfaces

Bryan Alexander , USA TODAYPublished 6:33 p.m. ET Jan. 18, 2017

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has called for a boycott of the family film A Dog’s Purpose, after video surfaced Wednesday that appears to show one of the movie’s star dogs performing under duress.

TMZ posted the video with the headline “Terrified German Shepherd forced into turbulent water.” The video, which TMZ says was shot on the set in 2015, purports to show a rescue scene in which the trainer looks to be forcing the dog into a pool of rushing water, as the dog repeatedly claws to stay on land.

The edited video then shows what appears to be the same German Shepherd sinking in the pool as one crew member yells “Cut it!” and others rush over to help the animal.

Lange called for a boycott of the film, which opens Jan. 27.

People are now maiming their pets to score drugs

Addicts discovered that the painkiller tramadol, prescribed by veterinarians across the country for pets with arthritis or other debilitating ailments, is the same drug prescribed to human cancer patients to dull their pain.

And compared to the more widely abused opioid oxycodone, which can cost up to $10 for a 10-milligram pill, tramadol is dirt-cheap. It wholesales for less than $25 for a 1,000-pill bottle.

Its inexpensive price has already made it a scourge throughout the Third World — and now the problem is moving into developed countries.

In Northern Ireland on Wednesday, one coroner said more teens there now die from tramadol than from morphine or heroin.

Here in the US, opioid abusers are finding veterinarians can be easily fooled into prescribing the drug — even if it means, at times, purposely maiming or abusing their dog to pull off the ruse.

“They’ve gotten very sophisticated in how they obtain drugs and go about their activities,” said Jim Arnold, chief of policy and liaison for the diversion control division at the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Cold Weather Safety Tips

2017_01-13_PPLLC_BLOG_Cold Weather Safety Tips-01Exposure to winter’s dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin, but these aren’t the only discomforts pets can suffer. Winter walks can become downright dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off of bare paws. To help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your pet’s health, please heed the following advice from our experts:

  • Repeatedly coming out of the cold into the dry heat of your home can cause itchy, flaking skin. Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as he comes inside, paying special attention to his feet and in-between the toes. Remove any snow balls from between his foot pads.
  • Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. If your dog is long-haired, simply trim him to minimize the clinging ice balls, salt crystals and de-icing chemicals that can dry his skin, and don’t neglect the hair between his toes. If your dog is short-haired, consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.

Trust funds for dogs are no longer just for the ultra-rich

It is a sad story when seniors’ pets show up at an animal shelter: they are often abandoned when their owners become infirm or die without insuring that the pets will be taken in by someone else.

Wills and estate plans are hard enough for most people to fathom. Only 67 percent of Americans over 55 have any sort of written testament, according to FindLaw, a unit of Thomson Reuters.

Legal planning for pets is rare.

That is because provisions for pets are considered a fancy of the ultra-rich. Much of the negative association is due to the 2007 lawsuit over real estate tycoon Leona Helmsley’s attempt to leave $12 million to her dog. (It was cut to $2 million.)

TSA shows what bomb-sniffing dogs can do in demonstration at Lambert

By spring, travelers in both terminals of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport could be sniffed by dogs with special training to detect explosives as passengers stand in line.

Until then — and through the busy holiday season — Southwest Airlines passengers using Terminal 2 will see the Transportation Security Administration dogs, which started working at the airport earlier this year, said Jim Spriggs, Missouri’s federal security director.

The dogs are trained to follow the smell of explosives through the air and to check for that scent on passengers waiting to go through security.

And if the dog doesn’t detect any suspicious smells, passengers may be cleared to go through the TSA’s PreCheck screening, which allows preapproved passengers to bypass the main line and keep their shoes on.

‘Power of Puppies’ video helps raise food for shelters nationwide

Rough day? You need puppies.
Purina is teaming with YouTube channel “SoulPancake” to help dogs at animal rescues and shelters.

From now until April 23, each time their ‘Power of Puppies’ video is viewed, Purina will donate one pound of its new puppy chow to Rescue Bank, an organization that gives supplies to animal rescues and shelters.

Purina hopes to donate half a million pounds by the end of the campaign.

NOTE: This story may be old but you can still help by donating to a animal rescue shelter. (CLICK LINK BELOW)