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Our Dog ate D-Con/Poison

Learn from my mistake-

The dogs and I went to Nana’s last Monday for a visit. We were all out in the garage and my chocolate lab, Kona, was in the corner by the door.  My sister (Nana) saw her and shouted “no!”  I ran over to find that she had eaten (some of) the exposed rat poison! D-con!  Nana had put it out when she went on vacation and knew she would not have anyone at the house. Unfortunately, she had gotten home the night (tired)- before we arrived and had not yet picked up the D-con.

To say the least, I FREAKED!  My brain swirled with anxiety because my precious child just ate poison!  I knew it could kill her….that is what it’s main intention is > to kill.  It is a horrible death…the D-Con contains chemicals to cause hemorrhaging and the animal bleeds to death….slowly dying.

I dashed in the house and phoned my Veterinarian.  I was 60 minutes away from home. They said, “take her into the emergency vet…NOW!”   I asked if I should help her throw up. They said, “no…don’t take the time and that the chemical reaction may not be right”. I dashed down the hill with Kona and took her in the office, they took her immediately and took her vitals. They asked if they could induce vomiting and start to treat her. YES!!!!  My heart was beating out of my chest.

The Vet came out and asked if I had the box, he wanted to read which chemicals were in the poison.  I said I could dash home and get it and that I better bring in my other dog, Andy.   ‘Better to be safe than sorry’ because he was smelling the pellets as Kona was gobbling them.

Returning and waiting while they were both getting treatment was NOT RELAXING! The Doc finally came into the waiting room and said, “you did the best thing; bringing them in right away.  If they were my dogs, I would not worry because we treated them quickly. They must take K1 pills for 30 days and have follow up blood tests.”. Apparently, Vitamin K1 helps to counter-act any poison that may have been absorbed in the system that could cause bleeding out.  I then asked him, “if I had not seen her eat the D-con, what type of symptoms would I have witnessed?”  He told me the dog would become lethargic and you will see blood coming out her eyes, ears, anus, and possible bruising. At that point, treatment involves transfusions and the dog is in a lot of pain.  Most probable….death.

All three Vets said that stuff should be taken off the shelf! and snail bait, too…that causes seizures! Throw it out.

Before I could recover from all this, they gave me the bill…. $665.00…Mama Mia!

WE do eat the best dog food! Not sure why we decided to munch on Rat Poison! Our advice: DON’T TRY IT!

 

we love the beach! Me and My dog!

10 IMPORTANT things your dog will ask

10 things a DOG asks of it’s people……….(can apply to a cat)

1.   My life is likely to last 11 to 18 years.   Any separation from you will be painful for me.   It’s in my nature to be part of a pack and I hate being left alone.  Please remember this before you bring me home.  I am a LIFETIME commitment, not when it’s just convenient.

2.    Give me time to understand what you want from me.

3.    Place your trust in me—it is crucial for my well being.

4.    Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment.  You have your work, your entertainment, and your friends.  I have only you.

5.    Talk to me sometimes. Even though I don’t understand your words, I understand the tone of voice when it’s speaking to me.

6.    Be aware that however you treat me, I will not forget.

7.    Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones on your hand, but I choose not to bite you.

8.    Before you scold me for being “uncooperative” or “obstinate” or “lazy”, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I am not getting the right food or have been out in the sun too long, or my heart is getting weak and old.

9.    Take good care of me when I get old, you too will grow old.

10.  Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say “I can’t bare to watch” or Let it happen in my absence”. Everything is easier for me when you are there.

-original author unknown-

Animals are deep in my heart

My love and passion for animals – Can I tell you how it all started back in the 1980′s?

A darling Pomeranian puppy was given to me for my 30th birthday. I named him Tiamo. I wanted him to know “I love you” every time I said his name even though it was in Italian. He taught me how to love and adore animals. Even though I had adopted 2 cats a few years earlier, Tiamo was the 7 pound wonder that opened my heart.

I learned what it meant to be responsible for a Pet; the “parental” duties it took to be an awesome pet owner. The unconditional love I experienced was priceless. My heart grew bigger and bigger for dogs, cats, all pets!  I started to notice animals on many levels. I even started to follow a vegetarian diet, which lead to a vegan diet….all because I couldn’t eat animals because I connected with them in my heart. (**in recent years I integrated more animal protein into my diet).

Unfortunately, I needed to help Tiamo pass on when he was only 13 years old. That is on the younger side for a small dog. He had a collagen disease which compromised his cartilage; this made him age faster than normal. His body started to ‘give out’. It inspired me to pay attention to the health of mine and other people’s pets. Especially what was in the food they ate. Animals need our pure attention. I learned we all need to educate ourselves the best we can.

I still had my two cats and another pom (that we adopted from a Pomeranian rescue). Time moved forward and I noticed I became very involved in the animal world. Dog sitting, dog walking, rescuing, helping animals find a home, learning about better foods, how corn and other fillers were put into pet food, etc.

My caring and compassion is for all living things became more and more apparent.

I have been working massage and bodywork, since 1983. These (massage and animals) two passions seemed to weave in and out of each other. I noticed that people started to rely on me for “answers” or connecting them and building community for animals.  The Holistic care of humans and animals seemed to compliment one another.

Communities started to see me as an animal activist in the early 2000′s. This surprised me but I gladly opened up to it. I was just doing what was in my heart for these sweet creatures that couldn’t speak up for themselves. Teaching and working in my massage and bodywork practice, I also started to personally develop a conscious touch for animals, namely dogs and cats. I thought, if I can do it with humans, why not the animals? Animals are actually less resistant and more open to the energy exchange.

Now in 2011, my partner and I have a Golden Retriever/Labrador mix who is 16 years old and a Chocolate Labrador who is 6 years old; both rescues. We adopted Moki, the Golden, when she was 7ish. That is a story for another time. Kona, the Chocolate Lab was about 6 weeks old when we rescued her from a family that couldn’t keep her. We have given both of them a very loving FOREVER home. They are part of our family and consider them in all that we do.

In the past year I decided it was time for me to get out in the world more with Pets, their people and the animal world. In 2008, my partner and I moved to Southern California and needed a support team for our dogs and us. Being in Earthquake territory and not always being at home with them through out the day, we developed a PET EMERGENCY TEAM in our neighborhood, which has now expanded to the track of homes we live in Long Beach, Ca.

We are still building and creating this. Check it out.

http://www.edpehoa.org/neighborhood-pet-team.html

Announcing and Recently created, www.MyPetfirst.com there is a an offer you can follow this Pet Emergency plan for your family. Only $1.00!!!  There are ideas and suggestions on how you can start one in your community. We all have un-foreseen crisis that spring up and it is wise to have a plan. Do you have a plan in order? I encourage you to do this today.  We have a plastic container with extra dog food, blankets, water, water bowls, treats and meds.

Did you know that CORN and other fillers can affect your animal’s skin and coat? Does your dog have allergy, skin or coat issues? Check the ingredients. Try a NO-GRAIN food. It will most likely vanish. My vet had my 1 year old, Kona, on antibiotics three different times in one year!   I changed her food and the skin problem disappeared and her need for meds. Check your food and know what ingredients are in the product.

Dogs and cats are highly allergic to corn and other grain filler in commercial foods. Many Pet foods bulk it up with starchy fillers. A protein filler can be chicken beaks, chicken wings, bones, etc.  Not the actual meat of the animal stated in the food. Liver is ok…as long as they are organic.  If you see “animal digest” on the label as part of the ingredients, beware. This can mean there are rendered “diseased or dead” animals in there. Dead of course, but meaning that they could be pets that have been euthanized at the shelter.

My love for animals deepens every day. I help people all over the country to feel more connected to their animals, educate about Pets and even help with finding forever homes for them. A woman all the way across the continent, in CT, wrote and asked me what she could do about people dropping unwanted cats at the their barn. I gave her some suggestions that inspired her and, yes, she found them homes. That is a great feeling to be able to inspire, help people and find solutions.

Please check out the pet food that we confidently represent…it gets delivered to your door and it was formulated by Dr. Jane Bicks, a Holistic Vet.

www.lifesabundance.com/MyPetFirst

Kona has recovered!

Phew! She just needed to rest. She ate this afternoon and caught up on her hydration.

Addison and I just got back from giving Kona and Moki a walk. Now, Addy, Moki and Kona are all taking a nap! Phew. Thank goodness Kona is feeling better. I have learned from my mistake.

Too much fun is not necessarily a good thing. Everything in Moderation.

Massage for animals

Massage for Animals

People love touch and animals love touch. Touch is healing. Massage can help an animal in pain or just pure comfort.  It has been researched that premature babies or any baby for that matter, grow at a faster rate with touch.

Animals have a need for touch.  If their tummy is upset they will most likely roll over and expose their underside to you.  They will soften under your hands and respond to the energy.  Trust is developed through one’s touch.

When you touch your animal, be present. Being mindful is key.  Your intent in your touch is also very important.  Think and feel about the energy coming from your heart down your arms and into your hands. Project that energy out past your hands into their body and touching their heart. You will see the affects happening right under your touch.  You can be still and light as a feather or apply a little more pressure. Watch the animals reaction to see what pressure of touch they respond to.  Think about being a conduit for the energy and love passing from you to the animal.  Take your time and connect.

Dogs, horses and cats love the area over their hearts massaged.  They also love the area on top of their head between their ears rubbed in small circles. Many times a dog will moan with pleasure. Cats may start to purr and get a pleasurable look in their eyes.  They will receive your touch and let you connect with them in a deeper way.

Linda Tellington-Jones developed the Tellington Touch for animals.  Most people in the animal community are familiar with her work. Her grandfather taught her horse massage.  The modality she teaches through Tellington-Touch has 20-plus hand positions combined with varying tempos, techniques and pressure. “T-touch is a language beyond words that deepens the appreciation and connection between humans and their animal friends”, says Linda Tellington-Jones.  She also talks about awakening humans to the benefits of touch through their connection with the animal and how it can be a sael-help technique to reduce their own anxiety, pain, stress and tensions.

Touch is healing for all of us.  Regardless if it is a 3 minute session to an hour session with your pet, you both will benefit from the mindful touch.

Kona, our dog, over did it

Our dog Kona loves to go to the beach. My niece, 4year old Addison, LOVES Kona. “If a fairy could make me a dog, I would be Kona”.  So we went to Huntington Dog Beach.  They played in the waves for about 2 hrs. Kona usually goes for hours…so I kept tossing the ball. Not too far…But they were having so much fun…I lost my good parent boundaries and over did it for her.  If a dog swallows too much salty water, they have the “squirts”, feel depleted and throw up. This can make them dehydrated.

I should NOT have fed her when we got home. It made her have a hard time breathing and very uncomfortable. I ended up taking her to the 24-hr emergency because we were worried.  We had to wait in the waiting room for 2 hrs.  By then she had “stabilized” and I decided to bring her back home.  She finally was able to sleep and not be labored in her breathing.  I went to sleep too.

Now it is morning and she is better, but still not well. I went and got her some Gatorade to help boost her electrolytes. She is not interested. Petting and cuddling with her is helping.  Still not herself.

I won’t ever do that again.  I feel like I neglected my good parenting skills.  Poor Kona, I hope she is ok!  If she doesn’t improve this afternoon, I will take her into the Veterinarian.

My love for animals began….

Moki

Kona cooling off

My love and passion for animals-can I tell you how it all started back in the 1980’s?

A darling Pomeranian puppy was given to me for my 30th birthday.  I named him Tiamo.  I wanted him to know “I love you” every time I said his name even though it was in Italian.  He taught me how to love and adore animals.  Even though I had adopted 2 cats a few years earlier, Tiamo was the 7lb wonder that opened my heart.

I learned what it meant to be responsible for a Pet; the “parental” duties it took to be an awesome pet owner.  The unconditional love I experienced was priceless. My heart grew bigger and bigger for dogs, cats, all pets!

I started to notice animals on many levels. I even started to follow a vegetarian diet, which lead to a vegan diet….all because I couldn’t eat animals because I connected with them in my heart. (**in recent years I integrated more animal protein into my diet).

Unfortunately, I had to help Tiamo pass on when he was only 13 years old. That is on the younger side for a small dog.  He had a collagen disease which compromised his cartilage; this made him age faster than normal.  His body started to ‘give out’.  It inspired me to pay attention to the health of mine and other people’s pets.

I still had my two cats and another pom (that we adopted from a Pomeranian rescue). Time moved forward and I noticed I became very involved in the animal world. Dog sitting, dog walking, rescuing, helping animals find a home, learning about better foods, how corn and other fillers were put into pet food, etc.

My caring and compassion is for all living things.

I have an established practice in massage and bodywork, since 1983. These (massage and animals) two passions seemed to weave in and out to compliment one another. I noticed that people started to rely on me for “answers” or connecting and building for animals and other interests.

Communities started to see me as an animal activist in the early 2000’s. This surprised me but I gladly opened up to it.  I was just doing what was in my heart for these sweet creatures that couldn’t speak up for themselves.  Teaching and working in my massage and bodywork practice, I also started to personally develop a conscious touch for animals, namely dogs and cats. I thought, if I can do it with humans, why not the animals?  Animals are actually less resistant and more open to the energy exchange.

http://barbaratapella.massagetherapy.com/

Now in 2011, my partner and I have a Golden Retriever/Labrador mix who is 16 years old and a Chocolate Labrador who is 6 years old; both rescues.  We adopted Moki, the Golden, when she was 7-ish. That is a story for another time.  Kona, the Chocolate lab was about 6 weeks old when we rescued her from a family that couldn’t keep her.  We have given both of them a very loving FOREVER home.  They are part of our family and consider them in all that we do.

In the past year I decided it was time for me to get out in the world more with Pets, their people and the animal world.  In 2008, my partner and I moved to Southern California and needed a support team for our dogs and us.  Being in Earthquake territory and not always being at home with them through out the day, we developed a PET EMERGENCY TEAM in our neighborhood, which has now expanded to the track of homes we live in Long Beach, Ca. http://www.edpehoa.org/neighborhood-pet-team.html

We are still building upon this concept.

I have a $1 offer for you to purchase to follow this Pet Emergency plan for your family.  There are ideas and suggestions on how you can start one in your community.  We all have un-foreseen crisis that spring up and it is wise to have a plan. This also spurred me to create a blogsite http://mypetfirst.blogspot.com/.

Now, I am proud to say I have an additional business along with my established, Massage Therapy Practice.  My website is a wealth of information for you and your Pet.  There are links to rescue sites that you can volunteer your time or donate money. I stay up on valuable information and products for you and your pet.   There is a NUTRITIOUS Well-balanced pet food that I represent.  You can visit my site and look at the store tab. Or you can go directly to www.lifesabundance.com/MyPetFirst and educate yourself and order this food, supplements and healthy treats. No obligation, just check it out for your pet.  A holistic veterinarian, Dr. Jane Bicks, formulated it.  It is delivered to your door and easy to order. Did you know that corn can affect your animals skin and coat?  Dogs and cats are highly allergic to this filler in commercial foods.

You can compare the food you feed to ours, right on the life’s abundance website.

My love for animals deepens every day. I still help people all over the country to feel more connected to their animals, educate about Pets and even help with finding forever homes for them. A woman all the way across the continent, in CT, wrote and asked me what she could do about people dropping unwanted cats at the their barn.  I gave her some suggestions that inspired her and, yes, she found them homes. That is a great feeling to be able to inspire, help people and find solutions.

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