January 3rd 2010 4:20 pm
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Can Dogs Have Beer?
Posted: Jul 16, 2007
Is beer bad for dogs? Even if it is small amounts?
A: Any alcohol is toxic to dogs.
I would not recommend giving your dog any alcohol. Like people, their liver can only tolerate so many toxins. Dogs and other animals get drunk just like we do. The biggest risk is central nervous system and respiratory depression and aspiration. Hypothermia, hypoglycemia, acidosis, and electrolyte imbalances can also occur.
Most dogs will vomit with any alcohol consumption. However, the vomiting can become severe and cause serious dehydration and may require hospitalization. Any dog that has consumed alcohol and is having trouble walking or is vomiting should be hospitalized.
~Dr. Page Wages
Oberlin Animal Hospital
Alcoholic Beverages is an absolute no no. You would think this is common sense. There are people that think it is okay to give their dogs beer, especially larger dogs. Size does not matter, it is still harmful. Dogs can become intoxicated causing injury to themselves; they can go into a coma or die. There is hops in beer which is another ingredient a dog should not ingest. Hops can be very dangerous to your dog’s health. It can cause excessive panting, an elevated temperature and heart rate. This can cause your dog to have seizures and possibly die.
Alcoholic beverages pose much the same temptation and hazard to dogs as to humans. A drunk dog displays behavior analogous to that of an intoxicated person. However, beer presents another problem. Hops, a plant used in making beer, can cause malignant hyperthermia in dogs, usually with fatal results. Certain breeds, such as Greyhounds, seem particularly sensitive to hop toxicity, but hops should be kept away from all dogs. Even small amounts of hops can trigger a potentially deadly reaction, even if the hops are "spent" after use in brewing.
January 3rd 2010 3:59 pm
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I'm bummed that I didn't have a chance to write a blog on my birthday! Things have been a little crazy around here though. I'll start by taking a look at 2009.
I was at my home for a full year on 5/1! Can you believe it? I have a furever home ........
I had a vet appointment on 5/8. I had to get my DHLPP booster, as well as my 3 yr Rabies booster. I weighed 61.5 lbs!
I met a few new doggies. I met Cruise and Sammy. They're Greg and Traci's 2 dogs. I get alone with Cruise pretty good. Sammy puts up with me, but she just wants to always remind me that she's in charge. They're both shepherd crosses and around 5 years old.
I met another dog named Molly. She's Brian and Becky's dog. She's a cocker spaniel, springer spaniel, and something else cross. She's more hyper than I am! We're about the same age - I think that she's a little younger.
I got to spend a few hours with a couple of purebred springer spaniels. They were really pretty dogs and we got along well. The male liked me more than the female, but the female was nicer to me than what Sammy typically is.
Of course I never learned my lesson about horses hooves, and I got stepped on a couple more times! I cried out, but mom didn't give me any attention. I eventually walked it off. I wasn't hurt bad or anything ..... mom says that I need to learn to respect horses more.
Mom switched me from Blue Buffalo Large Breed to Wellness large breed. Blue Buffalo is a good brand of kibble that Tractor Supply carries. She found out that Agway carried Wellness and she said that she'd rather help out the smaller store than the bigger store.
Mom taught me how to swim. It took her a while. I was so afraid to go out to where my paws no longer touched bottom. She did a couple of different things to get me to swim. First, we were up to Greg's and Cruise was swimming. I wouldn't go in, so mom took off her socks and boots and got in the pond with me. She held me in place until I calmed down. Then she would let me go, and bring me back out, and we'd do it all over again. The other thing she did was up at Cassandra's. She had the retractable leash on me, and she would walk around the edge of the dock while I swam around it. That got me to swim on my own - even if it wasn't far it was still all on my own! Now I can swim across the entire pond all on my own! But ..... I only swim when someone throws something for me to get! Mom says that it must be the lab in me. :-)
Mom also taught me to "sit pretty", "speak", to bark when there is a knock at the door, "around", "heel", "crawl", "shake", and "stand up". I never really learned not to get excited when I see someone! Mom sure does hope that I calm down with age.
Mom tried to allow me out of my cage when I was home alone. She put up the gate and shut me in the kitchen/dinning room area. I was doing really good .... until I started taking papers off of the fridge and I'd chew them up. I also started to get on the counter. I never took food off of the counter, but I did take off a couple of hand towels (I must add that I didn't chew them) - I took off an over mit and chewed that up - and I also took a few papers off and chewed them up. The last straw was when mom put a koozie that dad left on the counter in a drawer. It was sticking out about an inch when she shut the drawer. She didn't think anything of it, so left to get gas for the lawn mower. Mom was only gone for about 10 minutes, and when she got back home I had taken the koozie out of the drawer - without opening it - and chewed it into pieces. That's when mom said enough is enough and pulled my cage back out. So, I had to go back in jail when no one is home to watch me! Even though I was in the cage I managed to pull a curtain in the cage and chew it up. I had also chewed the tag off of the dog bed that was next to my cage. Now there's nothing around me to chew up, except for my 2 blankets that are in the cage to me to lay on. If I chew them up I won't have anything to lay on! Mom said that she's not going to try me out of the cage for a very long time .....
One day mom took me for a walk in through Greg's woods. We went all the way up to Kelly's field. When we got to the field, mom took me off my leash because I'm usually a good girl and don't run away - if I do get out of sight, usually all mom has to do is call me and I come running right back. But this time I got bit by the hyper bug and took off running. Mom called and called. I never came. She called dad, and dad and Daryl called and called. I was no where to be seen. Mom finally went home, and when she came out of the woods to the back yard she heard a familar dog bark at her. It was me! I didn't know it was mom at first, so I barked at her. Then she called me and I ran to her with my tail between my legs because I knew I did wrong and I was afraid when I got home & no one was there. She was happy that I was home and safe, but she was upset that I ran away and didn't come when called. So mom no longer lets me run off leash. If we're up at the barn she always keeps an eye on me, and calls me if she can't see me. It's not really any fun, but at least I'm safe.
Mom makes sure more than ever that I'm safe now. In November 2 doggies were shot and killed in the woods where we walk! One was a chocolate lab (Luke), and the other was a small white curly dog - possibly a poodle or a poodle cross (Ben). We've seen them on walks a couple of times. They'd bark - but they never ever once came after us. Their owner would let them run loose a lot, even if she wasn't there to watch them. One day she came home from the hospital to find Luke shot, and Ben was no where to be seen. She took Luke to the hospital but he didn't make it. Ben never ever came home - he was probably killed right away. Everyone pretty much knows who shot them, but sadly nothing can be done because he was allowed to hunt on the land. In PA, if you have permission to hunt land you, by law, can shoot any dog that chases anything you're hunting - even if the dogs belong to the owner of the land you're on. You're also allowed to shoot any dog that comes on your property - one shot, one kill. It's not right that this man didn't even let the owner know to keep her dogs tied up and if she didn't what would happen .... I'm sure if she had known he'd shoot and kill her babies she wouldn't have let them run loose any more. PA laws are cruel against animals. Ben and Luke didn't know what would happen, it's not their fault .... yet they are the ones who were punished. The man who shot them is a very evil man for doing what he did, and he took the cowards way out. If he were a real man, a real human being, he would have said something to the owner of the dogs/property as well as the cops first.
I now have a sister! Her name is Bailey Rose. She is about a year older than me and is a liver and white spaniel (springer or brittany) and pit bull cross. Mom and dad and me drove 2 hours to meet her and bring her home. We get along so well and have so much fun together. Mom says that Bailey is way too patient with me and needs to get after me more ..... I don't know what she's talking about! ;-)
Mom bought me a new collar set! She actually bought me 2 of them. My first one was Lupine's Camo Chic. Mom decided that she didn't like that as much as Lupine's Good Heavens. So she's selling the Camo Chic set on EBay and my Good Heavens set should be in soon! When it comes in mom will have to take a picture of me - especially since she has a new digital camera!
All in all 2009 wasn't a bad year. I had some ups and some downs. Mom hopes that 2010 will be MUCH better and that I won't get in as much trouble!
September 18th 2009 5:03 pm
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Amaryllis: vomiting, depression, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hyper salivation, anorexia, tremors
Autumn Crocus: oral irritation, bloody vomiting, diarrhea, shock, multi-organ damage, bone marrow suppression
Creeping Charlie: sweating, drooling
Daffodil, Narcissus: severe gastrointestinal disorders, convulsions, shivering, hypotension, dermatitis, muscular tremors and cardiac arrhythmias
Hyacinth: intense vomiting, diarrhea, occasionally with blood, depression and tremors
Gladiolas, Iris: vomiting occasionally with blood, depression, diarrhea, occasionally with blood, hyper salivation, abdominal pain
Lily of the Valley: ataxia, vomiting, cardiac arrhythmias, death
Tulip: intense vomiting, depression, diarrhea, hyper salivation, in appetence
Australian Nut: depression, hyperthermia, weakness, muscular stiffness, vomiting, tremors, increased heart rate. Only reported in dogs at this time.
Asparagus Fern, Emerald Feather (aka Emerald Fern), Lace Fern, Plumosa Fern: allergic dermatitis with
repeated dermal exposure. Berry ingestion could result in gastric upset (vomiting, abdominal pain, or diarrhea.)
Cyclamen: vomiting, gastrointestinal inflammation, and death.
Hydrangea: vomiting, depression, anorexia, diarrhea, bufodienalides are cardio toxic
Christmas Rose: abdominal pain, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, convulsions, delirium
Foxglove: cardiac arrhythmias, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, delirium
Marijuana: prolonged CNS depression, respiratory depression, weakness, ataxia, sedation, sometimes hyper excitation
Morning Glory: seeds may cause hallucination, may cause diarrhea
Nightshade, Tomato Plant: hyper salivation, inaptness, severe gastrointestinal upset, diarrhea, drowsiness, CNS depression, confusion, behavioral change, weakness, dilated pupils, slow heart rate
Glory Lily: oral irritation, bloody vomiting, diarrhea, shock, kidney and liver damage, bone marrow suppression
Day Lily, Orange Day Lily, Asian Lily (liliaceae), Easter Lily, Japanese Show Lily, Red Lily, Rubrum Lily, Stargazer Lily, Tiger Lily, Wood Lily: vomiting, inaptness, lethargy, kidney failure, (Cats are only species known to be affected.)
Heavenly Bamboo shrub: cyanosis, pale mucous membranes, slow heart rate, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory congestion, seizures, semi-coma, respiratory failure, death
Holly shrub: intense vomiting and diarrhea, depression, also same symptoms as Jerusalem Cherry (see below)
Jerusalem Cherry shrub: gastrointestinal disturbances, possible ulceration of the gastrointestinal system, seizures, depression, respiratory depression, and shock
Mistletoe "American" shrub: gastrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular collapse, dyspnea bradycardia, erratic behavior, hallucinogenic in humans
Oleander shrub: vomiting, diarrhea, cardiac abnormalities, decreased body temperature, death
Precatory Bean shrub: beans are very toxic, especially if broken or chewed. Can see severe vomiting and diarrhea, increased body temperature, lack of coordination, inaptness and death
Cycads, Sago Palm Shrubs: vomiting, melena, icterus, increased thirst, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, bruising, coagulopathy, liver damage, liver failure, death
Yucca: vomiting, depression, diarrhea, drooling, seizures
Aloe (Aloe Vera): vomiting, depression, diarrhea, anorexia, tremors, change in urine color
Avocado: vomiting, diarrhea, death, inflammation of mammary glands, cardiac failure, respiratory distress, generalized congestion, fluid accumulation around the heart
Buddhist Pine: severe vomiting and diarrhea
Chinaberry Tree: Berries are most toxic. Can see slow heart rate, diarrhea, vomiting, depression, weakness, seizures, and shock
Japanese Yew (aka Yew): sudden death from acute cardiac failure, early signs muscular tremors, dyspnea, and seizures in dogs
Queensland Nut: depression, hyperthermia, weakness, muscular stiffness, vomiting, tremors, increased heart rate. Only reported in dogs at this time.
Branching Ivy: allergic dermatitis with repeated dermal exposure. Berry ingestion could result in gastric upset (vomiting, abdominal pain or diarrhea)
European Bittersweet: drooling, in appetence, severe gastric upset, drowsiness, lethargy, weakness, dilated pupils, slow heart rate
English Ivy, Glacier Ivy, Hahn's self branching English Ivy, Needlepoint Ivy: (The foliage is more toxic than the berries.) gastrointestinal upset, diarrhea, hyperactivity, breathing difficulty, coma, fever, polydipsia, dilated pupils, muscular weakness, and lack of coordination
American Bittersweet: weakness, convulsions, gastroenteritis (vomiting, diarrhea)
Andromeda Japonica, Azalea, Rhododendron: vomiting, diarrhea, hyper salivation, weakness, coma, hypotension, CNS depression, cardiovascular collapse and death
Bird of Paradise: gastrointestinal disorders such as diarrhea, vomiting, lack of coordination is possible. Deaths in rabbits have been reported
Buckeye: severe gastroenteritis, depression or hyper excitability, dilated pupils, coma
Castor Bean: (beans are very toxic): oral irritation burning of the mouth and throat, increase in thirst, vomiting, diarrhea, kidney failure, convulsions
Clematis: vomiting, diarrhea, oral ulcers, ataxia or vesicant action
Corn Plant (aka Cornstalk Plant), Fiddle-Leaf Philodendron, Florida Beauty, Gold Dust Dracaena, Madagascar Dragon Tree, Ribbon Plant, Red-Margined Dracaena, Striped Dracaena, Warneckei Dracaena: In cats: dilated pupils, breathing difficulty, abdominal pain, increased heart rate. In cats and dogs: vomiting depression, in appetence, drooling, lack of coordination and weakness.
Caladium hortulanum, Calla lily, Ceriman (aka Cutleaf Phiodendron, Charming Diffenbachia, Chinese Evergreen, Cordatum, Devil' Ivy, Dub Crane, Elephant Ears, Fruit Salad Plant, Flamingo Plant, Golden Deiffenbachia, Golden Pothos, Green Gold Nephthysis, Heartleaf Philodendron, Horsehead, Marble Queen, Mauna Loa Peace Lily, Nephthyti, Peace Lity, Philodendron, Hurricane Plant, Lacy Tree, Mexican Breadfruit, Mother-in-Law, Panda, Philodendron Pertusum, Red Emerald, Red Princess, Saddle Lef Philodendron, Poinsettia, Satin Pothos, Scheffiera Tree, Spotted Dumb Cane, Swiss Cheese Plant, Taro Vine, Tropic Snow Dumbcane, Variable, (Dumb Cane) Dieffenbachia, Veriegated Philodendron: oral irritation, intense burning and irritation of the mouth, lips, tongue, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty in swallowing
Yellow Jasmine: Convulsions, death
Sweetheart Ivy: gastrointestinal upset, diarrhea, hyperactivity, breathing difficulty, coma, fever, polydipsia, dilated pupils, muscular weakness and lack of coordination
Yesterday/Today/Tomorrow: Depression, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle tremors, convulsions, increase urinations, lack of coordination, hyperthermia
Should your pet eat a substantial part of a toxic plant, rush to your veterinarian as soon as possible. Time can cause a lot of damage. If you can, take the plant or part of it with you for identification.
Known Food Toxins To Dogs
Fruits, Vegetables, Food
Apple, Almond, Apricot, Peach, Wild Cherries, Plum, Balsam Pear, Prunes and similar fruit: Diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, (Stem, Seeds and Leaves) The seeds of most fruits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to dogs as well as humans.
Avocados: The fruit, pit and plant are all toxic. They can cause difficulty breathing and fluid accumulation in the chest, abdomen and heart
Broccoli: reported to be pretty potent gastrointestinal irritant
Cherry: rapid breathing, shock, mouth inflammation, heart rate increase
Chocolate: seizures, coma, hyperactivity, rapid heart beat, tremors, death. Bakers chocolate is the most dangerous. A dog can consume milk chocolate and appear to be fine because it is not as concentrated but is still very dangerous.
• 1 oz per lb of body weight for (2 oz per kg) of body weight for bakers chocolate
• 1 oz per 3 lbs of body weight (1 oz per 1.5 kg body weight) for semi-sweet chocolate
• 1 oz per 9lbs of body weight (1 oz per 4 kg) for bakers chocolate
• Please keep in mind that these are only guidelines, and if you suspect your pet had ingested chocolate, please keep an eye out for ANY signs of poisoning! Every dog reacts differently to quantity.
Coffee/Tea: Drinks/Foods: containing caffeine or sugar may cause many of the same symptoms chocolate causes
Cooked Bones: uncooked bones should be safe but if they are cooked you should refrain because they deteriorate and easily splinter. Can cause extensive damage to internal organs and passage ways, may times resulting in death.
Mushrooms: acute gastric effects, liver and kidney damage, abdominal pain, nausea, salivation, vomiting
Nutmeg: tremors, seizures and death
Tobacco: nausea, salivation, vomiting, tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)
Onion: (cats are more sensitive), gastrointestinal upset, hemolytic anemia, heinz body anemia, hemogloinria, destroys red blood cells
Grapes, Raisins, Prunes: kidney failure, as little as a single serving of grapes or raisins can kill a dog. It takes anywhere from 9 oz to 2 lbs of grapes and raisins (between .041 and 1.1 oz/kg of body weight), to cause severe vomiting and diarrhea, and possible kidney failure
Salt: excessive intake can cause kidney problems
Raw Eggs- many people feed raw eggs to their dogs but keep in mind that they can contain salmonella. Dogs do have a higher immunity against salmonella poisoning but are not immune and have been reported to get it from uncooked eggs.
This is a full compiled list of plants I've found information that they are known to be toxic. While in some cases, just parts of a plant (bark, leaves, seeds, berries, roots, tubers, spouts, green shells) might be poisonous, this list rules out the whole plant. If you must have any of them, keep them safely out of reach. If a small amount is consumed keep an eye for any changes that become abnormal.
Immediately consult a professional at even the slightest change in your pets behavior or health. Time is of great importance in guaranteeing your pets health in poison cases. Should your pet eat a substantial part of a poisonous plant, rush to your veterinarian as soon as possible. If you can, take the plant with you for identification
Adam and Eve
African Blood Lily
African blue Lily
African milk bush
American Rubber Plant
Apple (seeds stem leaves)
Apple Leaf Croton
Apricot (Pits of)
Asian Lily (liliaceae)
Austrailian umbrella tree
Avacado (fruit and pit)
Baby rubber plant
Bird of Paradise
Cardinal flower blue
Carolina cherry laurel
Castor oil plant
Cherry (pits, seeds & wilting leaves)
Cherry, most wild varieties
Chinese Scholoar tree
Cocoa bean (chocolate) Coffee senna
Crown of Thorns
Dead Man’s Hand
Devil’s Snuff Box
Easter Lily *
Elderberry Elephant Ear Elephant Ears
European Bittersweet vine
Fruit Salad Plant
Garland flower Dahne
Giant Dumb Cane
Gold Dust Dracaena
Golden Chain /tree
Golden hurricane Lily
Golden spider lily
Good Luck Pland
Grapes and vine
Grevilles “Robyn Gordon”
Hahn's Self-Branching Ivy
Heart’s a bustin’
Indian Rubber Plant
Jack in the Pulpit
Janet Craig Dracaena
Japanese Pagoda tree
Japanese Poinsettia Japanese Show Lily *
Japanese Yew Tree
Kentucky coffee tree
Lady slipper orchid
Lacy Tree Philodendron
Laurel / cherry
Lemon scented gum
Lemon yellow Lepiota
Lily of the Incas
Lily of the Valley /bush
Lords and Ladies
Macadamia Nut (Tree) Madagascar Dragon Tree
Man y Warts
Marvel of Peru
Mother-in Law's Tongue
Moses in the cradle
Mother in Law’s tounge
Night blooming Jessamine
Oak leaf Hydrangea
Oriental Lily *
Peach (pits and wilting leaves)
Pigskin Poison Puffball
Poinsettia (low toxicity)
Poison fool’s parsley
Powder puff lily
Prickly pear Cactus
Pride of Barbados
Purple queen tradescantia
Queen Anne’s lace
Queensland Nut (tree)
Rabbit ears cactus
Red spider lily
Red berried elder
Red hot cattail
Saddle Leaf Philodendron
Shrubby yew Podocarpus
Small leaved rubberplant
Snow on the mountain
Snow on the Mountain
Split leave Philodendron
Spotted Dumb Cane
Spotted water hemlock
Spring meadow saffron
Star of Bethlehem
String of Pearls
Summer Pheasant’s ee
Sweet bubby bush
Swiss Cheese plant
Tomato Plant (fruit, stem and leaves)
Tropic Snow (Dumb Cane)
Tung Oil tree
Two leaved Squill
Yellow Pleasted Parasol