April 2nd 2010 10:38 am
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Friday, the 2nd of April. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.
TGIF!! Today is "Good Friday", "International Children's Book Day", "Reconciliation Day", and 'World Autism Day."
Bernie Thinks He's the Town Greeter!
From the moment Erin Kramer picked up her new puppy at 9 weeks old, she knew he was going to be a big dog. And now, three years later, Bernie the St. Bernard has fulfilled his destiny.
At somewhere around 200 lbs. (he's too afraid of the scale), Bernie looks nearly human when he's standing at the fence in the front yard. And just like a good human neighbor, Bernie greets his family and all the neighbors any time they come toward the house!
Kramer, who runs a home day care service, has lots of children playing in her house, and most of the time, they're playing with their best big dog friend, Bernie.
"He's so loveable and playful, but he has no clue he's that big," says Kramer. "People just stop because they can't get over the size of him."
At some point, Bernie got into the habit of howling every time the town fire whistle goes off. It's became such a trademark that the Kramers' answering machine message is Bernie's fire whistle howl, and the day care children will mimic the sound whenever it happens.
One person who isn't as charmed by Bernie? The cat, Kitty Cat!
"Bernie always wants to play with the cat," Kramer says, "but the cat is the boss."
60 Second's adopted dog of the day
Baby Daisy is a one-year-old spayed female Basset Hound. She is good with other dogs, cats and kids, and is adoptable within 200 miles of Salt Lake City, UT. There isn't a lot of information on this lovely pup. She is in need of a loving furever home, let's hope that she finds one very soon! ♥
Cute Dog Video Of The Day
Busy Bee Dogs - Easter Dog Story
Who is this?
It's Latin singer Paulina Rubio and her tiny pup while shopping in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Dog Gift Idea Of The Day
Kool Dogz Ice Treat Maker
A cool way to treat your dog. The Kool Dogz ice treat maker will entertain your dog while hydrating him at the same time. Fill with treats and toys before freezing to give your dog one cool treat on a hot summer day.
Kit contains: Heavy duty steel base and extension rod, deep water reservoir to collect water as it melts, ice treat recipes, reusable & freezable bucket with lid and stainless steel cap bar.
Hide Those Easter Baskets!
Like most pet owners, you probably know by now that chocolate is toxic to dogs. You would never share chocolate bunnies with your dog. Since Easter is in a couple of days, be sure to remind everyone in your family of the danger and ask them to take extra precautions to keep Easter candy out of your dog's reach. Don´t allow small children to have chocolate candy when the dog is nearby. Remind guests not to share Easter goodies with your friendly little pup, no matter how cute she looks when she begs.
If your dog has the house to himself when you´re away, make sure everyone´s Easter baskets are up high or in a room behind closed doors, where your dog could not possibly reach them. Big dogs might not be able to resist the temptation of a counter full of chocolate candy. Small dogs, who are at highest risk, can climb on a chair to reach a table full of candy or pull on a tablecloth to bring the candy to the floor.
Chocolate toxicity is among the 20 most common poisonings reported by the National Animal Poison Control Center. It´s more common at Easter, Halloween and Christmas when chocolates and candies are sometimes all around the house in open candy dishes, treat bags, baskets, gift bags and shopping bags.
Chocolate contains theobromine, a stimulant related to caffeine, that´s harmless to us but toxic to dogs. It can cause vomiting and diarrhea, restlessness and hyperactivity, excessive thirst and increased urination, a rapid heart rate and excessive panting. Larger amounts can be fatal.
Small dogs have a much higher mortality risk after consuming chocolate than large dogs. One small chocolate rabbit might have little or no affect on a German Shepherd, but the same amount of chocolate could kill a Chihuahua. The severity depends on the dogs's weight, the type of chocolate and the amount of chocolate consumed. Milk chocolate is harmful, but unsweetened baking chocolate has six to nine times as much theobromine as milk chocolate. Milk chocolate contains 44 mg theobromine per ounce. Semi-sweet chocolate has 150 mg per ounce, and baking chocolate has 390 mg per ounce. The toxic amount of theobromine is about 50 mg. per pound of a dog's body weight.
# For milk chocolate, about 1 ounce per 1 pound of a dog's body weight can be lethal.
# For semi-sweet chocolate.... the chocolate in semi-sweet or dark chocolate candy bars and Easter candy, the chocolate coating in a box of "dark chocolates", or the chocolate in semi-sweet morsels or chocolate chips... about 1/3 ounce per 1 pound of a dog's body weight can be lethal.
# For the dark unsweetened chocolate used in baking, about 1/10 ounce per 1 pound of a dog's body weight can be lethal.
# That means that for a 10 pound dog, about 10 ounces of milk chocolate, 3 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate, or just one ounce of baking chocolate could be lethal.
If you think your dog may have found and eaten a harmful amount of chocolate, call your veterinarian or take your dog to an emergency animal hospital immediately! Symptoms will usually begin within two hours but sometimes it could also take as long as 24 hours. Delaying treatment could be a fatal mistake. In addition to those symptoms mentioned above - restlessness, hyperactivity, vomiting and diarrhea, excessive thirst, increased urination, a rapid heart rate and excessive panting, more advanced symptoms can include muscle tremors, stiffness, seizures, Cardiac arrhythmia and coma.
Emergency care will vary depending upon the elapsed time since the ingestion. It will also be important to know the kind and quantity of chocolate that was consumed, if possible. Treatment might include induced vomiting and administration of activated charcoal to reduce the absorption of chocolate. It might also include IV fluids, medication to prevent shock, anti-seizure medications and/or cardiac medications to stabilize the heartbeat.
For more precise information about toxic doses, according to a dogs weight and the kind of choclolate consumed...
See Chocolate Toxicity - Toxic Amounts of Chocolate.
That's all for today, pups. "60 Seconds" will return on Monday. Have a great weekend, and to those that celebrate... have a Happy Easter! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.
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