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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Detergent Poisoning in Pets & Children

Technology has produced the means for manufacturing attractive packaging for certain detergents known as "Pods".  Such products have become increasingly appealing to curious dogs and children.  Your household needs to be "ON GUARD" when using such products.  Remember, BOTH PETS and CHILDREN are quick and can get into trouble!

Detergents are divided into several categories. 
  • Soaps: Bar soaps, laundry soaps, and homemade soaps. 
  • Anionic : Laundry detergents, shampoos, laundry pods, dish soaps, and electric dish washing detergents. 
  • Cationic : Fabric softeners, sanitizers, disinfectants, and rust inhibitors in petroleum products. This category includes quaternary ammoniums. 
  • Non-ionic: Dish washing detergents, shampoos, and some laundry detergents. 
General Information 
Detergents come in a variety of forms with each having a different level of toxicity. Every home has these common products in some form, and all family members need to be aware of the dangers. 

Toxic Dose 
  • Soaps: True soaps are usually not toxic. 
  • Anionic: Slightly to moderately toxic; may result in illness but generally not fatalities. 
  • Cationic: Highly to extremely toxic; 1% solutions are damaging to mucous membranes. 
  • Non-ionic: Less toxic than the anionic and cationic detergents. 
Signs of Toxicity
  • Soaps: Vomiting and diarrhea. Homemade soap may cause corrosive GI lesions (burns). 
  • Anionic: Irritated mucous membranes, vomiting, lack of appetite, diarrhea, and GI distention. May have corrosive injuries in the mouth and GI tract. Eye exposure may result in edema around the cornea, reddening and swelling of the conjunctiva, and corneal erosion or ulcers. 
  • Cationic: Vomiting, lack of appetite, drooling, muscle weakness, depression, seizures, collapse, coma, and burns to the mouth and GI tract. Eye exposure may cause redness and severe corneal erosion and ulcers. Skin exposure may result in hair loss and skin irritation. 
  • Non-ionic: Vomiting and diarrhea. 
Immediate Action: DO NOT induce vomiting if ingested. It may cause more harm. Seek veterinary attention. In the case of dermal contact, flush the skin for at least 30 minutes with running water. In the case of eye contact, flush the eye with sterile saline or water for 20 minutes. Seek veterinary attention while you are performing the decontamination. 

Veterinary Care: General treatment: Administration of milk or water in the case of soap, anionic, or non-ionic detergent ingestion, or administration of milk, water, or egg whites in the case of cationic detergent ingestion. If dermal (skin) or ocular exposure occurred, the affected areas will continue to be flushed with sterile saline. Supportive treatment: Pain medication may be administered, hydration is maintained through IV fluids, and other treatments for symptoms may be given. 

Specific treatment: Unavailable.  Suggested supplementation after care: fish oil,  digestive and immune support nutrients for at least 60-90 days depending on severity of ingested detergent poison.
Prognosis fair to good, depending on detergent ingested and quickness of obtaining medical/veterinary treatment.

If you think your pet has been poisoned: 
IMMEDIATELY Contact your veterinarian 
or one of the Animal Poison Hot lines (listed below) if you think your pet may have accidentally received or been given an overdose of the medication. 

ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center 
(1-888-426-4435). There is a CHARGE and is billed to caller's credit card. 
Follow-up calls can be made for no additional charge by dialing 888-299-2973. 
There is no charge when the call involves a product covered by the Animal Product Safety Service. 
Pet Poison Helpline 
24-hour service available throughout North America for pet owners and veterinary professionals who require assistance with treating a potentially poisoned pet. 
1-800-213-6680  There is a CHARGE per incident. Staffed 24-hours a day. 

PurelyPetCare 2013

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Warm Food - like a Boat

Warming your pet's food slightly - cat or dog - enhances the scent and adds to digestibility. Using the microwave is not appropriate to warm directly, your pet's food. See  Plastics, Aluminum - The Dangers 

A suggestion: Try using a safe microwavable container that is deep and large enough to accommodate your pet's feeding dish - like a "boat". 

Heat only enough water in the "empty - water only" microwaveable container to allow for water displacement by the feeding dish AFTER the water is heated. The feeding dish with food -"boat" should "sit" in the water "not float".

Remove container with hot water from microwave and place your pet's feeding dish, with food in the previously heated water.

Like a "boat" the hot water "surrounds" your pet's feeding dish with food, and warms it gently, ever so slightly to your finger touch. 

I use a Corning microwaveable container and a small glass feeding dish and it works well. Be careful when removing the hot water from the microwave. Check the temperature of your pet's food in the dish BEFORE feeding. 

Stainless steel, ceramic or glass feeding dishes will heat up quickly when placed in the previously heated microwavable container. Once you determine the heat time of the water in the microwave and the time for the "boat" with food, to sit in the water - it becomes easy to safely warm your pet's food without loss of valuable and fragile nutrients otherwise "lost" by direct microwave. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Toxins - Poisons and Dogs

The following listing is incomplete - there are many other toxins that can and will cause damage to the health of your dog.  These are serious issues and require  immediate veterinary care. We have indicated the most common culprits.Certain ordinary foods and ingredients will cause toxic reactions in dogs. Contact  your Veterinarian or ASPCA Animal Poison Control when in doubt.
Excerpts taken from author's most recent books.
  • Alcohol, Beer, Wine, Diet, Caffeinated, and Sugared, Supplemented or Energy beverages will cause serious toxic reactions.
  • Avocados fruit, pit, and plant contain the toxic component persin, which causes damage to heart, lung, and other tissues. Avocados are high in fat and can trigger stomach upset, vomiting, or pancreatitis. The amount ingested or the effects of persin in dogs that can cause these symptoms are unknown. According to ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, some dogs can eat small quantities of avocado fruit without having any adverse reactions. The Guatemalan variety is the most common produce found in stores and appears to be the most problematic. Other varieties have varying degrees of toxic potential.
  • Chicken bones can splinter. Do not feed chicken bones. Raw bones from game meats such as elk have a greater density. Elk bones tend to splinter less.
  • Cherry, Peach, Pear, Plum, Apricot Pits, and Apple Seeds contain Cyanide. A few apple seeds may do no harm, but the effects are cumulative. Dogs often like to chew on the pits that, if swallowed, can cause choking as well as ingesting the toxin.
  • Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine. The darker the chocolate the more dangerous it is. Any chocolate in large enough quantities, and based on the size of the dog who consumes it, can be fatal. An ounce of chocolate can poison a 30 lb. dog. Many dogs would gladly consume more than this amount. Symptoms may not show up for several hours, based on size of the dog, giving the owner a false sense of security. Dark or Light Chocolate ingested by a dog is dangerous and can cause seizures, coma and even death.
  • Grapes, Raisins, and their juices can cause kidney failure in dogs. Based on the amount consumed and the size of the dog, a few ingested raisins or grapes can cause damage or death.
  • Household products, soaps, especially the newer "pods", cleaners, paints, fertilizers, antifreeze, automotive products, plastic bags, strings, coins, and paper clips are appealing to dogs and deadly when ingested.
  • Household and Garden Plants: Azaleas, rhododendrons, tulips, daffodils, sago palms, poinsettias may cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures liver failure, convulsions or death.
  • Human Prescription Medicines, Supplements, Over the Counter Products, Essential Oils, Medicated Creams, Cosmetics etc., when ingested damage the liver, affects other organs, and can cause death.
  • Macadamia Nuts cause weakness, muscle tremor, and paralysis.
  • Nutmeg can cause tremors, seizures, and death based on the amount ingested and size of the dog.
  • Onions cause cumulative damage over time. Even in small quantities raw, powdered, dehydrated, or cooked onions can destroy red blood cells and can cause hemolytic anemia, weakness, and difficulty breathing.
  • Raw Egg Whites contain a protein called avidin that can deplete the dog of biotin, a vital B vitamin. Biotin is essential to growth, skin, and coat. Lack of Biotin can cause hair loss, weakness, growth retardation, or skeletal deformity. Raw eggs yolks contain enough Biotin to prevent deficiency, so this is not a problem with raw whole eggs. Raw eggs yolks may contain salmonella. Raw Feeders should not use raw egg whites or raw eggs in raw diets. Hardboiled eggs are better for the dog s diet.
  • Rodent Poisons cause serious problems when ingested directly by the dog, or if the dog should ingest the dead rodent or bird.
  • Too much can Salt cause kidney problems. Dogs that eat salty foods, drink too much water, develop bloat, and can require immediate medical attention. Dogs do not need salt added to their diets. Fried Foods, Rotisseure Chicken, Ham, Bacon, Turkey skin or Chicken Skin contains salts and fats that can cause pancreatitis.
  • Dogs should not have access to green tomatoes the plants, leaves, fruit, or stems as they contain atropine. Atropine known to cause dilated pupils, tremors, or heart arrhythmias. Ripe or cooked tomatoes with seeds are less problematic.
  • Wild Mushrooms can cause abdominal pain, drooling, liver, kidney damage, vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures.
  • Xylitol an artificial sweetener that is found in everything from toothpaste, to candy and diet foods. It causes a sudden drop in blood sugar, resulting in depression, loss of coordination and seizures.

Information updated through American Veterinary Medicine Association and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

Experts are available for guidance 24 hours a day. A consultation fee is charged.
ASPCA Emergency call number - 1.888.426.4435 Pet Poison Hotline 1. 800.213. 6680

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Parsley - Vitamin C, Chlorophyll

Parsley is an herb rich in chlorophyll, vitamin C, and minerals. Parsley is an excellent digestive aid that also helps to detoxify the body. It also helps to refresh the breath. Parsley works as a natural diuretic to help remove retentive eater in the body. It is good for the heart and urinary system (kidneys and bladder) and helps to maintain a proper alkaline pH level. For daily maintenance, add parsley to the diet. An average 50 pound dog would be fed one (1) teaspoon finely chopped parsley; 25 pound dog one-half (1/2) teaspoon daily. Use fresh fragrant organic parsley. Sprinkle on dry kibble, add to home cooked recipes, or feed as a treat for fresh breath. Add fresh parsley to water and freeze in ice cube trays, or add a little fresh parsley to your dog’s water dish for a change of taste. Parsley is a healthy little herb that even you can share with your “companion”! If considering the use of parsley as an adjunct to treat medical conditions, consult with your holistic or allopathic veterinarian. Just remember to purchase fresh green, preferably organically grown parsley.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Plastics, Aluminum - the Dangers

There has been much discussion about the safety of plastic containers and wraps. Use caution for pets and yourself. Avoid placing foods for dogs or cats in plastic containers or covered with plastic wrap and microwaved. The heat generated causes a poisonous substance “dioxin”, a carcinogen, to be released. These toxins melt out of the plastic and into the food or liquid. Heat is the catalyst and it does not take much to activate the release of “dioxins”. Do not leave plastic water bottles in the summer sun or in a hot car. Use glass or special canteens designed for water. Open or homemade pet foods are to be stored in glass or ceramic containers. Avoid the microwave oven to heat, cook, or warm pet food. Your pet’s body has to work twice as hard to digest the food because the microwave destroys the enzymes in the food. Avoid aluminum bowls. Aluminum salts are water-soluble. The salts are assimilated in the gastrointestinal tract, deposit in the brain and in the nerve tissues and become tissue retentive. Aluminum dries up blood cells and decreases energy levels over time. Use a high-grade stainless steel for water and food bowls. Read the label to determine product material and country of origin. Our pets are already exposed to so many toxins, avoid exposing them, and ourselves to more.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Green Cabbage for Hot Spots

Your canine companion leads a happy, holistic lifestyle and then one day a “hot spot” appears. For some quick natural relief, try fresh green cabbage. Organic cabbage is the best. Peel off a leaf large enough to either wrap around or cover the hot spot based on its location on the dog’s body. Rinse the cabbage leaf in vinegar and water to remove the surface debris. Wipe the leaf gently with a paper towel to dry. Using a wooden meat mallet, beat the leaf until the juices are released and visible from the leaf. Immediately wrap the leaf around or place the leaf on the “itchy” area. Hold and compress the cabbage leaf to the hot spot. Your hand and fingers will get warm and the hot spot area will cool down, as the juices from the cabbage leaf draw out the “heat”. Remove after several minutes. Repeat with a fresh cabbage leaf several times. Repeat every 4 hours. The cabbage will not cure anything but it will certainly pull out the “heat” from the hot spot area and provide temporary relief.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Baking Soda - Soothes Itchiness

At the first sign of “itchiness” before the skin is broken or lesions appear, try some baking soda. The baking soda draws out the “fire” from the itchy spot. Mix one (1) teaspoon of baking soda and about one (1) tablespoon of warm pure (distilled) water until a paste forms. Warm water helps to dissolve the baking soda. Start with less water and continue to add more water until a smooth consistency forms. Place a light coating of the baking soda paste on the itchy area. Use just enough paste to cover the spot. Allow paste to dry for an hour or so. Rinse off. Apply several times during the day. Most dogs do not like the taste of the baking soda and will not try to lick it off. You can also make a baking soda spray. Mix one (1) tablespoon of baking soda with eight (8) ounces of warm distilled water in a clean spray bottle. Shake well. Use the spray bottle over larger areas of the dog’s body when necessary. Be sure to separate and move the hair so that the spray will penetrate the “itchy” zone on the skin. Allow to remain on the skin for about two (2) hours and rinse off. Shake the bottle well before each use. Refrigerate the remainder. This is a quick topical relief remedy. Baking Soda is not appropriate when using garlic as a flea preventative.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Thyme - An Herb

In ancient Egypt, Thyme was used to embalm the dead. Today embalming fluids contain thyme. The humble thyme plant began in the Mediterranean. International cooks use thyme. Thyme is diverse in flavors – caraway, lemon, oregano, and cinnamon. An excellent flavoring for use in your dog’s stews and casseroles is the common thyme or cooking thyme. Thyme is available in natural food shops. Thyme contains antibacterial properties. Thyme oil as a food additive naturally extends the life of processed food. The essential thyme oil vapor helps to inhibit airborne bacteria and fungus and is an expectorant for laryngitis and for bronchitis.

To dry fresh green thyme at home, hang a bunch upside down for about 7-10 days. Remove the leaves from the stem and save the leaves in a dry closed container for use as a seasoning in your dog’s food or your own! Grind or chop the leaves. The scent is very pleasant.

If you prefer, you may make some potpourri for your home. Just add one (1) part dried rose petals, two (2) parts dried thyme leaves and three (3) parts dried lavender. Crush the petals and leaves to release the essence.

Be sure to keep the potpourri away from your dog, cat, or bird. We do not want them eating the potpourri.