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In this section, I will be constantly be listing poisons that will kill your dog or cat.  Updates will be posted as they are brought to my attention.  There are many items in our everyday life that are deadly to our pets.  Please, check this section frequently for warnings.  It could mean the difference between life and death to your dog or cat.  For a list of everyday things that are poison to our pets please click the page entitled  POISONS in the navigation bar.

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Where has the caring and conscience of those who create and place items on the market for our use, gone?  It seems that manufacturing companies, chemicals companies, drug companies , and others have one, and only one, thing on their minds and that is to make money any way they can, regardless of who's lives they throw to the wind.  Listed below you will find the beginning of a list of items that will kill your pets and in some cases could kill or cause severe harm to yourself, children and/or grandchildren.  These are things that we are urged to use via daily promotions.  The poisons contained in these items should have NEVER been incorporated into their makeup.  If, and surely they don't, these companies cared at all about the death/damage these ingredients would cause, they would have spent a little more time researching the substances and NEVER added them into the mix.  Take the "near antifreeze"component used in the Swiffer WetJet.  It seems to me that nearly everyone in the civilized world knows that antifreeze will kill ANY animal if ingested.  Just a small amount will totally destroy the liver within a matter of hours.  Some of the other chemicals that don't kill right away are surely the cause of much of the LIVER CANCERS in our animals and WE HUMANS as well.  The liver is kinda like a filtering system for the body.  Every toxin that enters the body passes into and/or through the liver.  Some toxins pass through, but many remain.  It matters not which pass through and which remain.  It's the fact that just being there is doing grave harm to the liver.  Enough harm and the liver cells mutate.  Mutated cell?  CANCER!!      PLEASE, read all the pieces below and forward this information to EVERYONE you know.  We need to stay as far away from these products as possible.  Here at La Terra Dios Ranch -- The Home of Fine Westies, we love all animals, especially pets and we will do whatever we can to protect there most giving, loving lives.  If you have AUTHENTICATED information on any products that causes harm or kills that is not listed herein, please, email it to me at:  laterradios@gmail.com.       PLEASE,  JOIN US IN THIS EFFORT!      Thank you,  Rodger Morales  --  La Terra Dios Ranch.

In any of the reports that follow, if the word "Snopes"appears at the end, it means that the information was obtained through and verified by www.snopes.com.      

YOUR REGULAR HOUSEHOLD "SWIFFER WETJET" CLEANING MOP. 

Recently, a person had to have their 5 yr. old German Shepherd "put-down" due to liver failure.  The dog was completely healthy a few weeks earlier, so the people had a necropsy preformed to ascertain the cause.  The liver levels were off the charts, as if the dog had ingested a poison.  The dog lived inside the home and never went out without being on a leash.  Searching for the cause of the poisoning, everything in the house was checked.  When the very fine print on the Swiffer Wetjet packaging was examined, it stated "may be harmful to small children and animals".  The company was called and it was discovered that the cleaning solution contained a compound that is one molecule away from automobile antifreeze (antifreeze is deadly to dogs).  It was determined that just by the dog walking on the floor that had been cleaned with the Swiffer Wetjet, then licking his feet, he had ingested enough residual solution, over several days, to destroy his liver.  

Soon after the dog's death, the housekeeper's two cats also died of liver failure.  The "WetJet" had been used in both households.  This material is equally harmful to babies and small children who play on the floor.  This product is made by Procter & Gamble.

PLEASE, PASS THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON TO EVEYONE YOU KNOW.                       "Snopes"

Xylitol and Sorbitol.   Artificial sugar substitutes

The danger of Xylitol and Sorbitol poisoning dogs has been around for a number of years.  It jumped into the lime-lite in May 2007 when a severe case was reported to "Snopes", but many of us never heard of it. Hopefully, through this information site, the word will be sent to thousands of pet owners.  While Sorbitol is not mentioned in the Snopes report, I have learned, it is just as deadly!  It's of the same "family" and will cause the same damage and death!
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol used in many candies, chewing gums, some pharmaceuticals  and "health" products such as chewable vitamins and throat lozenges.  It's also used  in some home baking products.  While Xylitol is proclaimed safe for human use, it surely is harmful to dogs.  The compound doesn't effect glucose levels in humans, but when ingested by dogs, it can cause an extreme surge of insulin.  In as little as 15 minutes, the blood sugar of a dog who has eaten a piece of (even used/chewed)  gum containing this material, may register a marked drop in his blood sugar levels.  Just 3 grams of Xylitol can kill a 65 pound dog.  The amount of Xylitol used in each stick of sugar-free gum varies by manufacturer.  Although, by the "rule of thumb" thinking, it may take between 8-10 sticks of gum to KILL that 65 lb. dog (a small dog of say 10- 20 lbs. it may only take 2 sticks to KILL him and what about a 5-10 lb. dog 1 stick to KILL him?  A dog that has eaten an item containing Xylitol can be rapidly attacked by a dangerous drop in blood sugar that causes weakness, lethargy, loss of coordination, collapse, and seizures.  These symptoms can develop within 30 minutes and the dog will be so afflicted,  it will need IMMEDIATE veterinary intervention if he is to even survive.  Left unattended, irreversible brain trauma occurs and the patient dies what must be a terrible death.  Even if your dog is saved from death, Xylitol appears to cause severe liver damage within 24 hours.  According to a study published in the Oct. 2006 Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, of 8 dogs who had ingested Xylitol, 5 died of liver failure soon and the additional 3 died after the study was completed from the liver damage caused by Xylitol.  While more research needs to be done to categorically prove that Xylitol actually causes canine liver failure, at this time, all indications point that direction.  The cost of treatment for a severe case of this poisoning can run well into the thousands of dollars!  BE CAREFUL! 
If you even suspect that your dog has consumed anything that may contain Xylitol, call your veterinarian IMMEDIATELY!  If you live more than a 1/2 hour's drive away from your Vet., you will want to induce vomiting of him prior to the trip.  This can be easily accomplished by orally administering 3-4 tablespoons, for large size dogsor 1-2 tablespoons, for small dogs of plain, of plain, old Hydrogen Peroxide.  When I say Tablespoons, I'm referring to "Measuring Tablespoons", like you use to bake with.  You should always have a small bottle of this around just for this purpose.  Peroxide is what your Vet. most likely would use to cause vomiting.  Many do.  It is safe.  It may save your dogs life.    NOTE:  Peroxide is not good to use on wounds.  It tends to kill living tissue.
Never Presume that what may be safe for humans is safe for your pet.  Remember, Xylitol can be found in gum, toothpaste, candies, chewable vitamins some baking/baked goods, and other sugar-free products.  The best practice is never feed anything to your dog/cat that is not SPECIFICALLY made for dogs/cats. Overall, human foods are bad for your pets no matter what it has or don't have in it.  
You can view the full article by Clicking       Xylitol Danger on:     Snopes.com
NOTE:  I have yet to find anything about the artificial sweetener "Aspartame" that is found in most "Diet" soft drinks but,,,,,, I' be very leery of allowing dogs to ingest it!  Better safe than sorry!!!!!
    

COCOA BEAN SHELL MULCH

If you love your dog/cat, you would be well advised to stay far from this product. 

Here we go again.  Hershey Chocolate Company must have asked themselves "What can we do with all these shells from the cocoa beans?"  Someone got the bright idea to package and sell them for garden mulch.  That sounds like a stellar idea except, apparently, no one bothered to look into what might not make it such a good idea,  especially where pets are concerned.  Another case of "make a buck and don't bother to look at any ramifications of the decision".  "It's true, studies have shown that 50% of dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on the individual dog).  However, 98% of all dogs won't eat it."  What about that 2%?  Is your dog in that 2%.

"Cocoa Mulch" is sold by Home Depot, Target, Forman's Garden Supply and other garden supply stores.  The bad thing , and it seems not to be that important to Hershey, is that these shells do smell like cocoa, which may make some dogs want to eat them.  They also contain a dog lethal ingredient called "Theobromine".  If your dog happens to decide to make a meal or just have a hardy snack of these shells, he could be dead within 15-20 hours.  Several deaths have been reported in the past month.

Theobromine is contained in all chocolate , it is especially potent in dark or baker's chocolate.  Theobromine, is an xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline.  A dog that injested a lethal quantity of this garden mulch developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later.  Analysis of the stomach contents revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.

Here's a real story about this stuff:

Over the weekend , the doting owner of two young Lab mixes went to Target and purchased Cocoa Mulch to use in her garden.  Apparently, one dog seemed to love the way it smelled.  A side benefit in the advertisment was it would aid in keeping cats out of the garden.  During the day after application, one of the dogs decided he just had to eat a bunch of this nice smelling stuff.  The owner noticed the dog had vomited a few times but, she thought if was because the shell were new to the dog's system and possibly the dog had eaten too much of it.  She had no idea there was a major problem brewing.  The next morning the woman awoke and took the dog out for their morning walk.  Half-way through the walk, the dog began having seizers and died instantly.   

The mulch bag had No Warnings printed on the label at all but, upon further investigation on the companies website, the statement "This product is highly toxic to dogs and cats"was found.  Now, if this isn't hiding the fact that this stuff can/will kill you pet just so Hershey can sell their waste product bean shell for a profit, what is it?  It seems Hershey doesn't care very much about your pets.            Snopes  

Lawn fertilizer can cause this problem and you should consider that it is quite TOXIC to dogs, cats, children and even adults.  It needs to be very well watered-in for several days (10-20) times prior to allowing children, dogs and cats to play on it and it.  It is best, even after all that watering if the grass is dry.  Remember, children, dogs and cats have exposed skin to the ground and lawn chemicals easily pass through skin just as a "stop smoking patch" sends nicotine through the skin.  Even though dogs' feet pads seem hard, "sweat" passes out through them so, things can pass in also.  Fertilizers are bad stuff folks.  Let's be very careful with it.  If you have one of those "lawn services" that seem to like to spray fertilizer on your lawn four to five times per year, it would be very wise to ensure they only do it ONE time in the spring.  It could be the difference between a healthy child/cat/dog and one who is being continually poisoned.

A strong warning about a material we all know as "Vinyl".  Many pet toys are made of this material and are poisoning our beloved friends daily.  Vinyl is made using a chemical which we can detect by smelling the toy.  This chemical is what makes vinyl soft and flexible but the gasses it releases and the release of the solid form of this chemical into the noses and mouths of our children, our pets and ourselves has a poisonous effect on the liver.  This chemical is totally banned in Europe because of it's poisonous effects but, our government is so tightly controlled by BIG MONEY, including chemical companies, that even though this stuff is killing us, our children and pets, it has not been banned here.  IF IT SMELLS LIKE VINYL DO NOT EXPOSE YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS TO IT.  This poison works very slowly but IT IS there and it dose do much harm!  No matter what the label says, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS NON-TOXIC VINYL.


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