Wisconsin woman Samantha Carress has been distraught ever since she had to put down her 2-year-old Golden Retriever, Luna. However, the fact that Luna’s death was completely preventable has hit the owner hard, and she is trying her best to warn other owners about a silent “dog killer” lurking in their homes.
Like every other dog, Luna also used to frolic around the house and bite into anything that she considered edible. When she stumbled upon a pack of lemon-flavored chewing gum, she gobbled up the entire pack without knowing that the sweet treats were artificially flavored with the sweetener Xylitol, a lethal poison for dogs.
Samantha and her husband scrambled around in a state of frenzy as Luna’s liver failed and she collapsed. There was a $20,000 surgery that only offered a faint chance to save the dog. But the family didn’t have the financial resources and they were forced to let go of their beloved girl in a tragic manner.
Samantha has now developed a habit of reading into product labels for Xylitol, and has completely stopped buying such products to keep her other dog away from danger. Authorities say the cases of Xylitol poisoning have increased 4000 percent within a span of 10 years, so it’s all the more important that dog owners check their home cabinets and keep Xylitol-laced products out of their dogs’ reach. Stay safe.
Click the video below to watch how Xylitol killed Luna, and the vets’ warning about Xylitol poisoning.
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12 Things You’re Doing That Your Dog Hates:
For most people, dogs are not just our pets, they are our family members. When you bring a dog into your life, things just seem to get a lot more exciting. There’s few things that are better than coming home after a long day of work and having your beloved furbaby happily greet you at the door. While we love our pups and they love us back unconditionally, there are a few “annoying habits” that our dogs may not really like.
Here are 12 pet peeves that many dogs have, according to Bright Side:
Hugging- While it’s hard to resist giving our pups a big squeeze, many dogs feel restricted and consider it a controlling act.
Using words more than body language- Of course, dogs can understand a select few words, but we all know that they can’t comprehend every single thing we are saying. Because of this, dogs tend to watch our body language to understand what we are trying to tell them.
Patting their heads– Similar to the hugging, many dogs don’t like when their personal space is invaded. Most would prefer being pet on their back or even scratched behind their ears.
Keeping eye contact– Looking straight into a dog’s eyes without blinking, especially a dog you don’t know, may come across as an act of assertion or dominance. If you’re meeting a new dog for the first time, it’s important not to make strong eye contact right off the bat.
Lacking rules and structure- Since it’s not always easy for dogs and humans to communicate with each other with words, it’s important for them to have rules and structure so that they can feel more comfortable in a routine and have trust in you.
Keeping them on a tight leash- If you hold the leash too tightly, it can make the pup feel stressed or uneasy.
Not letting them explore and smell- The majority of dogs love to see the world around them instead of being cooped up inside all day. They enjoy sniffing around and visiting new places. Keeping them inside and not letting them explore could make them feel depressed or isolated.
Forcing them to interact with dogs/people they don’t like- Putting your dog in an uncomfortable position can end up badly for either them, or for the dog/person that they feel uncomfortable around. Even if your dog is not aggressive, they may act in a defensive manner if they’re forced to be near someone they don’t want to interact with.
Being tense- Pets are very good at sensing our moods and feelings, so if we are tense and stressed, our dogs may start to feel that way too.
Being boring- Dogs are energetic, playful animals and love to have some excitement in their lives. They can feel lonely easily if left home alone all day, so it’s important to show them attention and play with them whenever you get the chance.
Exposing them to strong smells- A dog’s smell is nearly 40 times greater than ours, so certain fragrances like air fresheners or cleaning sprays that may not affect us, could really bother them. Make sure to keep things like this a good distance from them.
Bathing them- While not all dogs dread bath time, many of them do. Using a slip-resistant mat at the bottom of the tub could help them feel more comfortable. The temperature of the water should be lukewarm, not too hot and not too cold.
Of course, our dogs will love us unconditionally no matter what, but paying attention to the things that bother them could help strengthen the relationship you share with them even more!