Sep 24, 2010

Posted by Sonia Morrison in Uncategorized | 64 Comments

Lilies and Grapes are Poisons?

Antifreeze is the worst poison, however, grapes, raisins, generally, for younger dogs and lilies for cats, may all be deadly. Well, I did already know about the fact that grapes or raisins are poisonous to dogs. I did not know that lilies are poison to cats. Hmmm, what would make a cat eat lillies? Guess I won’t be planting more lilies and will remove the ones I have had. Do you know chocolate can be detrimental to your pet’s life, also. Anyhow, as the owner of six dogs and two cats, these are the things that dwell in my mind. Perhaps, it is because I am a nurse or because the very first thing I wanted to be when I was growing up was a Vet…This topic reminds me of when I created and taught the Horse Human Health course during my Bachelor Science Nursing and Public Health Nurse studies. That was so on target with my passions!

Toxins

According to the Santa Cruz Sentinel, prompt action can save a pet with kidney disease. For those of you who would like to know, Kidneys function like a reverse water filtration system. Kidneys recycle the protein that the body needs and filters the waste. Toxins can rise to life-threatening levels when this complex filtration system breaks down.

Treatment

To restore normal function of Kidneys, treatment often consists of massive amounts of fluids. Other ways to reduce the toxins in the blood are dietary changes, or drug therapy to bind and eliminate the toxins. Dialysis can, also, be used. Chronic kidney failure can be found in the aging and can be found with a blood test.

Acute versus Chronic

Acute Kidney failure may be demonstrated by vomiting, increased thirst, increased or lack of urination, lethargy, bad breath, diarrhea and lack of appetite. These symptoms signal a health crises and can make the difference between life and death. Don’t wait, 75% of the kidney function may be gone for good, already, when these symptoms are present. This is a very grim prognosis without immediate treatment, generally, IV fluids.

You have a dog be happy

This is a Peanuts and Snoopy cartoon which has been posted to our refrigerator for quite some time. I was reminded of this cartoon when a new neighborhood facebook friend, Karyn, wrote to me saying, “Some people may not need a nurse if they had more dogs.” I wholeheartedly agree, that if more people had dogs they wouldn’t be so sick. This puts a big smile on my face and it is time for me to go work at the hospital for my second week of five days in a row, instead of the usual three. Quality of life feels very different. I am very excited for Monday to arrive, I am working on a super project!

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