May 9, 2011: No Bones About It

~ by Mary Galvano

Just two weeks ago I had a scary thing happen to my dog, Princess.

She became very ill. For three days she hardly ate or drank anything. What made matters worse is she began to lose weight. She is already a wee little thing, weighing only 7 lbs. I didn’t know what to do. I knew if I took her to the veterinarian it would be pricey, but I couldn’t figure out why she was like this and she is worth a lot more than money. So, to the veterinarian we went.

The doctor asked me if her diet had changed, and all I could think of was I might have given her something with onion and garlic on it, which can really harm a dog. The diagnosis was an intestinal problem and Princess was given something to settle the stomach and she was to take an antibiotic and pro-biotic for the next five days. I was told that by the next day she should be much better.

Well, the next day she was still very ill. I called the doctor again. This time Princess had an x-ray done of her intestinal tract. There were pieces of bone inside her stomach! Then, I remembered I gave her a lamb chop as a special treat to pick the meat off of, thinking I had taken the bone away in time. By the grace of God the pieces of bone were small enough to allow them to pass through. If they had been any bigger, surgery would have occured.

On top of that were the spices she ate that I thought were cleaned off the meat which added to her condition. After continuing her medication and finally getting her to eat, Princess was on her way to recovery. I had a lot of cleaning up to do at home and a nice veterinarian bill to go along with it.

How often do we give in to those big eyes that stare at us while eating? Here I was thinking I was doing something special for my little friend. We had to include Princess!

I have since learned my lesson that feeding my dog scraps or rich human food is not worth her misery. Those scraps can be expensive, too…be careful what you feed your animal. Their health is in your hands.

Be a good friend by giving them only the food that science and research has proven safe and good sustenance…dog food. The guilt of denying food that can harm them is far less painful than giving in. Know the items that can be poisonous to your animal is essential.

The Top 10 Toxins in the kitchen for a dog:

1. Chocolate

2. Grapes, raisins & currants

3. Xylitol/sugar-free gum/candy

4. Fatty table scraps

5. Onions & garlic

6. Alcohol

7. Human medications

8. Macadamia Nuts

9. Household cleaners

10. Unbaked bread, bread dough

Here is a great website to learn more: www.petpoisonhelpline.com. Please, take the time to learn as much as you can. Not only will you be happy for it, but also most importantly your furry friend will be healthy and happy.

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Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

Visit Mary’s website at www.marygalvano.com.

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