Sad Day At Dogster

 |  May 29th 2009  |   368 Contributions


I've just been informed that three Dogster pups, all belonging to the same household, have been poisoned by antifreeze. It saddens me to share the news that all have passed over to Rainbow Bridge.

The beautiful dogs lost were Jake, Joey, and Nari. Not much is known at this time, but it's suspected that someone in the neighborhood is responsible. I will update as soon as I have more information. In the meantime, please visit their homepages and leave a little love. I have no doubt their owner is in desperate need of some kind thoughts to help get her through this. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family.

Antifreeze poisoning is a big issue because dogs are drawn to the sweet smell. Dogs have even been known to chew through the container when they find it left in the garage or elsewhere in the house. It's so important to make sure the container is stored in a safe and secure place, just like you would do if you had a small child at home. It's reported that about 10,000 accidental poisonings, both cats and dogs, happen per year.

Death by antifreeze poisoning is not a pretty way to go, it's a long and painful death. The good news is that if you get your pet to the vet within 9-12 hours after ingestion they may recover.

Symptoms of antifreeze poisoning include a drunken appearance including staggering, lack of coordination, and apparent disorientation and vomiting. The animal may appear listless and depressed.

Because early signs of antifreeze poisoning often mimic signs of other illness, neither you or your veterinarian may suspect antifreeze poisoning until it is too late.

Fortunately, in house lab tests performed by your veterinarian by assist in the diagnosis of antifreeze toxicity.

The above comes from a very informative article on antifreeze poisoning put out by VCA Animal Hospitals. Please take a few minutes to visit their site and read the entire article, it could make the difference between life and death for your dog.

* Pic at top is Jake, middle Nari, and bottom Joey. May they all rest in peace.

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