Thursday, October 27, 2011

SOME TIPS AND SOME NEWS


We'd like to give big "thank you" licks and snuggles to all of you that have chipped in to help AHGRR with the big problem that they are facing.  If you are not aware of the situation just click here to find out.


Hey Hounders.  This is where our mom labors away, day and night, to keep us fed and healthy.  Doesn't look too special does it?  Ahh, but it is. 

The address of the Lake Anna Veterinary Hospital is 11012 Kentucky Springs Road, Mineral, VA 23117.  It's only a few miles from our house; just past the nuclear power plant.  Does the town name, Mineral,  mean anything to you?  Although our house 's rural post office mailing address is Bumpass, VA, the deed lists the address as Mineral, VA. Here's why Mineral might , pardon the expression, "ring a bell:" 

When the event occurred, mom was at work.  Mom lived in San Francisco for 35 years and she had to move to Virginia to experience her biggest earthquake, a 5.8 shakey.  This is what her boss, Dr. Dan (he's the man, if he can't fix ya, no one can), had to say about the earthquake.
OBTW, that is only one of the 3 natural disasters that struck our town of Mineral this summer.  The same week of the shakey we also had a hurricane and then a few weeks later we had a tornado; haven't had any floods or pestilence yet  but the year isn't over yet,.  What's a locust look like?  Fortunately no one was seriously injured in any of these happenings.  One of us was actually hurt during the shakey but it wasn't a life threatening injury.

We know that the scary night will be coming up soon, next Monday we think.  We don't get any goblins out here in the woods because it's really scary dark and weirdly shadowy if there's a moon. Maybe it's cuz dad ties Max up out front by the porch steps?  We don't ever leave the backyard, not that we're scared, but because we can't climb over the fence.  But there's some stuff that us pets are concerned about that present a danger to us at Halloween, so we thought that we'd pass y'all a few tips.  While parental fears about razorblade-ridden chocolate and poisoned candy apples have mostly subsided in recent years, pet owners should still be concerned on Halloween. That’s because there are plenty of ways for pets to find trouble—particularly if left alone with a bag full of goodies.
Here are the biggest Halloween pet hazards to watch out for, courtesy of the Pet Poison Helpline (Y'all might want to save this website link). Pass on the information to your friends, and you might just avoid any Halloween-related emergencies this year.

Like my "Black Cat" costume?

GRACIE'S TIP:
CHOCOLATE
Why it’s dangerous: Chocolate is more poisonous to pets than any other candy. Chocolate contains methylxanthines, chemicals similar to caffeine that can quickly sicken dogs. In general, the darker the chocolate, the more poisonous it is.
What to watch for: Symptoms in dogs that have ingested chocolate include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy or agitation, increased thirst, an elevated heart rate, and, in severe cases, seizures.

Like my "Vampire" costume?
ALEX'S TIP:
CANDY
Why it’s dangerous: It’s hard enough for a human to stop at just one piece of candy, so imagine how difficult it is for a pet. Large ingestions of sugary, high-fat candy can lead to pancreatitis, which may not show up for two to four days after the pet ingests the candy.
What to watch for: Pets that have ingested candy may show signs such as decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, abdominal pain, and even kidney failure or organ damage.

Like my "Cheshire Cat" costume?
BORU'S TIP:
CANDY WRAPPERS
Why they’re dangerous: The candy itself isn’t the only threat. Ingestion of foil and cellophane wrappers can cause life-threatening bowel obstructions, which often require surgical intervention.
What to watch for: Symptoms in pets that have ingested candy wrappers include vomiting, decreased appetite, not defecating, straining to defecate, or lethargy.

We'll have more Halloween tips tomorrow.  Please don't forget to "Chip-in" for AHGRR if ya possibly can.  Thanks.
- TBH&K

4 comments:

The Bleu said...

These are most excellent tips for Halloween safety, and on behalf of my brother the Reufus and his potential emergency room staff, we thank you!!!

Oh Hounds, I want you to know how much I've missed you. You and your pawrents played a huge part in my the Mom dealing with the loss of our The Luke. You've always been tops in my book, but you gotta know... that meant WORLDS!

Financial times are SO tough in the rescue world! I wish AGAG great luck in meeting the goal!

with much love from the Bleu and ok, the Reufus

Gus said...

We knowed you were close to the EQ (as opposed to the DQ) but didn't know anyone got hurted.

Tell your dad Teka is on a mission to eat Locusts, grasshoppers and those crunchy bugs ya got here in Virginia...he doesn't have to worry. Around here she is winning.

gusman

Rudy - The dog with a blog said...

And what good tips those are, thank you for sharing!!

P.S. Don't forget to stop by our blog THIS week and enter the "name game" contest I'm hosting, for my newest guide dog puppy - it only takes a few seconds to do... and you may end up being the winner!

Sheila and Bob said...

Great Halloween safety tips.
We are hoping that your fund drive for Almost Heaven is very successful, we know what wonderful work they do and how hard it is.
Glad to see you back posting we have missed all of you.


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