Thursday, June 4, 2009

TOTALLY PREVENTABLE


Last week, three Dogster dogs in the same family had to be euthanized as a result of antifreeze poisoning. A common automotive fluid, antifreeze contains ethylene glycol, an extremely toxic alcohol. Since it doesn't take much to seriously injure or kill a pet, every dog owner should be aware of the dangers of antifreeze.Find out what you should know about antifreeze ››

Heya Hounders,
Homer J. here today. We hate to start the post with something as tragic as this, but sometimes we need a stark reminder of the dangers we can face when our humans fail us. Whether it is by exposing us to toxicity in our own homes or by letting us wander the neighborhood to be subject to the carelessness or bevavior of others, we can be put at grave peril. Sure, accidents happen and probably always will, but our exposure to them can be minimized. Fenced yards alone will do a lot to prevent us from treking off to we we shouldn't be. A "doggie proofing" examination of the home environment can reduce the risk to us. Use of pet friendly and/or non-toxic cleaners and household products is something you can also do to help us out. How about the plants in the house or out in our fenced yard? Are they toxic to animals? What little fun we might have from running free around the neighborhood can be meaningless when we are able to get into other peoples property who have no responsibility for our well being. Why shouldn't someone be able to shoot us if we're in his chicken coop or in his pasture and harassing his horses. Why does your neighbor have to "dog proof" his garage if he has no animals of his own. Just whose responsibility is it to take care of us. Can you do a better job at helping to keep us safe. Does your spring cleaning effort have a safety plan for us? Do you use pet friendly anti-freeze? Do you properly store and dispose of hazardous stuff so that we don't get into it with our curiosity? Are your landscaping feature to which we have access pet friendly? Let's all try to keep safety and prevention in mind as we go through the daily grind. How about sitting down and taking a mental inventory of how safe your pets are from accidental death and hazards.
- Homer J. (all the way) and The Bumpass Hounds and Kittties
OBTW: Dad says to tell everyone that yesterday's photos are all of our Newfoundland Landseer dog Max, from 2 day's old up through 2 years old.

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4 comments:

Jan's Funny Farm said...

That is so sad about the 3 dogs. I remember writing a few years ago about the 2 cent a gallon increase in Antifreeze to add something to make the taste unpalatable to animals. But I don't see any such thing on antifreeze containers so it must not have passed. Stupid. So little money could save lives.

Paco....Milo and mom..Simona said...

We've read about our 3 friends on another blog yet...it's a very very very very sad news....we're sooooooooooooooo angry for this story...poor friends!!!!!!!!!!
We'll keep them in our hearts furever!!!!
Thanks for sharing with us!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And thanks to Homer J for the right advices!!!!!
You guys are very very special friends!!!!!!!!!
We love you soooooooooooooo much!!!!!!!!
Take care and pleaseeeeeeeeee dear friends....pay attention!!!!!!!!!
Sweet kisses!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maggie and Mitch said...

OMG, how tragic about those 3 beautiful doggies! Our hearts are breaking for their family! This must be so hard for them!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Tracey and Huffle said...

It's very sad what happened to those puppers. Mum says my house is safe for me so that's good.

Huffle Mawson

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