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snow falling in the dark

samantha in the snow

snow at night in the secret gardensamantha in the secret gardenIt looked promising when I took Samantha out last night well past midnight… the wind was howling high up in the mountains, and big snowflakes were softly falling to the ground and clinging to the trees. She’s a twelve year old Lab-Chow mix, and she was excited. It rarely snows here, and she seemed rejuvenated by it, running and frolicking in the driveway and in the secret garden, pushing her nose through the snow. I watched for a short while and took a few shots of the falling snow in the dark, then brought her back in and went to bed…

snow in the dark

 

…fully expecting to wake up this morning to a rare, major snowfall here. Only it didn’t happen. Our local news had hyped this up like it was going to be huge, predicting a foot of snow for our area, and total blizzard conditions… spurring crowds of people to run to the grocery stores, the DOT to begin salting the roads early yesterday, and everyone talking about this big storm.. The major snowfall turned out to be around an inch, and it was already mostly gone in sunny spots by the time I got up this morning. Snow remains in the woods in shady areas, but it was barely enough to fully cover the ground. Maybe someone else got a huge snow? It sure wasn’t us.

 

snow in the woods
A major winter snowstorm?

 

a skiff of snow on the groundToday, the sky is blue and the sun is shining, and although it is very cold, the snow is fast disappearing in the spots warmed by the direct sunlight. Now, I don’t enjoy bitter cold, windchills in the teens, howling winds, ice and blizzard conditions.. but I must admit, I was a little disappointed to get up today and see not exactly a winter wonderland. Oh well.. maybe next time. :)

snow on a green and yellow shrub

 

snow on the ivy snow at the edge of the secret garden frozen cat tracks

spot of snow on poplars light snow snowy woods

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(This post is often updated as new info comes in. Latest update added:
July, 2014)
While reading various alerts and media sites trying to keep up with all the recent petdogpic.jpg food recalls, I came across a lot of things that could potentially be harmful for dogs, some of which I didn’t know about. The number one cause of poisoning in dogs? Motrin, Advil, and other human medications. Besides the common poisons including antifreeze, household chemicals, mold, mothballs, misteltoe, and wild mushrooms, here’s a list of other, lesser known things that are harmful to dogs.

  • Grapes and Raisins: Can cause acute renal failure in dogs.
  • Polyurethane Glue: Dogs may be attracted to either the smell or taste of glue, and may try to chew on the bottles. If swallowed, the glue expands to form a mass in the stomach and may need to be surgically removed. I recently read a news article about a dog swallowing Gorilla Glue, and had to have surgery to remove the mass from his stomach.
  • Macadamia nuts: Raw or roasted macadamia nuts cause painful muscle weakness, tremors, and paralysis. Dogs can be affected by eating as few as six nuts, and may also be affected by macadamia butter.
  • Onions, Chives, and Garlic: Contains thiosulphate, which is toxic to dogs, cats, and horses.
  • Cooked Bones: After cooking, bones become brittle and may splinter. These splinters may cause choking, or may even punture or become embedded in the intestinal tract or stomach. Some that are especially dangerous: turkey and chicken bones.
  • Coffee: Any beverage containing caffeine can cause a dog’s heart to race, sometimes causing seizures.
  • Xylitol: Sugarfree candies and other products containing xylitol. This ingredient is extremely harmful to dogs, with even small amounts causing liver damage and death.
  • Fruits: Cherries, apricot and apple seeds, pear seeds, peach seed pits, plum seeds. These seeds contain cyanogenic glycosides which causes cyanide poisoning.
  • Chocolate: Cooking chocolate and cocoa powder are the most toxic, followed by dark, semi-sweet, and milk chocolate. Obviously, the toxicity rises the smaller the dog, or the larger the quantity ingested. Keep all types chocolate out of your dog’s reach.
  • Corn Cobs: Can cause potentially fatal intestinal blockage.
  • Tobacco: cigarettes, nicotine patches, and other tobacco products may be harmful or fatal.
  • Raw Salmon: Dogs may be exposed to a parasite after eating infected salmon. The parasite causes gastrointestinal problems similar to parvo, and may be fatal. See a vet immediately if your dog has ingested raw salmon; ask for a fecal sample test for rickettsial organism. This can be treated if caught in time. You can prevent this by simply cooking all fish before feeding to your dog.
  • Plants: Toxic plants include Azalea, rhododendron, lilies, foxglove, daffodils, rhubarb leaves, yew, castor bean, sago palm, kalanchoe, and tulip bulbs.
  • Yeast Dough: Even a small amount can rise and cause a rupture in your dog’s stomach or intestines.
  • Human Medications: Pain killers, cold meds, anti-cancer drugs, vitamins, diet pills, and anti-depressants can be toxic even in small doses. Never give your dog human medication, unless instructed to do so by your vet. See the next item on the list:
  • Ibuprofen: NEVER give your dog or cat these medications! Even as few as ONE PILL can be fatal, especially to cats!
  • Slug and Snail Bait: These products come in liquid, pellets, or powder form and are extremely toxic to dogs. These baits contain metaldehyde and should not be used anywhere where they may be accessible to pets.
  • More: Please read the comment section of this post for more possible hazards for dogs.

Warm Weather Hazards from the ASPCA
– Animal toxins—toads, insects, spiders, snakes and scorpions
– Blue-green algae in ponds
– Citronella candles
– Cocoa mulch
– Compost piles Fertilizers
– Flea products
– Outdoor plants and plant bulbs
– Swimming-pool treatment supplies
– Fly baits containing methomyl
– Slug and snail baits containing metaldehyde

CAT OWNERS: Cats react very differently than dogs to some insecticides; because of this, some flea-control products that are safely used on dogs, particularly those containing permethrin, can be deadly to cats, even in small amounts. (info from ASPCA)

Please keep in mind, I am not an expert, just a pet owner. If you have an emergency with your pet, please call your vet.

For more information about all substances that may be harmful for your dog or other pet, see the Animal Poison Control Center website. If you suspect your dog has ingested a poisonous substance, call the Poison Control Center at 888-4ANI-HELP (888-426-4435) immediately.

Summary of Poisonous Substances And Things To Avoid Feeding Your Pet

17 Common Poisonous Plants

Complete list of toxic plants

Plants and Trees, and which ones are harmful?

Feeding dogs “People Food”, and which foods may be harmful

Animal Poison Control Center

Top 10 Human Medications That Can Poison Our Pets

Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, many other over the counter medications) toxicity

Feeding Dogs Treats Containing Garlic

Cleaning Products (dogs, cats, and other pets)


Miscellaneous Products and Substances

Where to look to see if there are current pet food recalls

What to do if your pet is poisoned

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Do you know other harmful substances that are not listed here? If so, please leave the information in a comment and I’ll add it to this post.

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