Just don’t do it! It’s not just chocolate that you should be worried about. That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is safe for humanes but it takes only a little of this toxin to send a dog into hypoglycemia-induced seizures and sometimes fatal liver failure. All dogs are susceptible, some more than others. Indeed, it has been calculated that as little as a gram of sweetener can kill a 10-pound dog.
“Rocky- Our 14-yr-old Labrador Retriever became lame, falling forward on his legs. The terrible diagnosis: No cure for this older dog with End-Stage arthritis in the front shoulders and joints along with spinal neurological problem disrupting his stride & coordination.
We felt grief and desperation until we discovered Paradise Rehab. The staff began these three: hydrotherapy exercise in the pool, laser therapy on the floor, neuromuscular rehab outdoors on the rods. Our dog’s improvement has been so great and so immediate that it still seems astonishing to us and to our vet.
The therapy and skill resemble the best Sports Medicine Rehab that humans can receive for similar joint problems. With all my heart I recommend this center to my friends for their dogs.”
This year, Deaf Dog Awareness Week is from September 16th-20th. We will be featuring stories about some of our clients, patients and friends as well as other information about deaf dog education. If you know of any interesting stories, please email them to us so that we can share them.
Outside of an obvious physical difference, deaf dogs are just your normal, everyday dogs. They do have a better excuse for not listening than most dogs, but they live in our houses, sleep on our beds, play with our children and ride in our cars. They go for walks, chase balls, bark at squirrels (yes, they do bark), and at the end of the day, they collapse in front of the TV with the rest of the family. They share our lives, and are our companions and friends.