Lacey's Story / Dog Safety

Ms.Chevious Lacey Sheridan's Sunshine, was a black and silver Miniature Schnauzer, born September 17, 2000. She died February 13, 2008.We met November 24, 2000 when I purchased her from Ron and Doris Stoltenberg. She was my second Ms.Chevious schnauzer. Her parents were CH Belgar's Hi Time V Shadow and Ch Yasmar's Ms.Chevious E Nuff.Named for the "lace fences" of Ireland. She was my gentle loving companion for seven years.

On February 11, 2008 at approximately 3:30 pm I left my home to take Lacey for her daily walk. We stopped...Lacey was in sit/stay while we waited for a truck to pass. From my left I saw a black/white Pit Bull charging at a full run...the pit bull attacked Lacey in a brutal manner. The pit bull's only intent was to harm Lacey. She tried to fight back and I pounded the pit bull with my left hand. The struggle was intense and I kept screaming "help me, help me" neighbors came to our rescue. Using a hose full force the pit bull was pulled off and the driver of the truck we were waiting to pass took us to my Vet. The witnesses called Animal Control and secured the pit bull. Lacey survived surgery the next day but passed during that night. I spent 4 hours in emergency and had to have physical therapy on my left thumb. I requested a hearing with Animal Control regarding animal bite/attack/assault. I was responsible for gathering all documentation...witness statements, copies of medical records both Lacey's and mine, photographs of my injuries, copies of all associated bills...very important that all records are kept.

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A hearing was held March 20, 2008 with Hearing Report received March 28. Findings were that pit bull was declared a potentially dangerous and provisions in the Municipal Code were cited for enforcement. The stipulations enforced were not met and the pit bull was euthanized. I pursued legal action and am awaiting mediation decision.
Throughout this ordeal Doris Stoltenberg was a strength as I navigated this difficult and emotional process. Many thanks to Doris. Today, I have two Ms.Chevious girls, sisters (Molly and Keira) from Babee and Pepper breedings.

Things I learned included how to work with Animal Control. You need to get copies of the appropriate Municipal Code sections, and realize that you will be responsible for gathering all the information. You should keep copies of everything, get copies of medical records (yours and the dogs), take very good photographs of injuries, and get witness statements. The more details you can provide the better. It will take time to deal with/accept what has happened. Closure takes time especially if you pursue legal action.

The MSCSC website is dedicated to honor the loving memory of Lacey. She was my sunshine.

By Johnnie Ann Ralph


MSCSC's Miniature Schnauzer Rescue - Welcomes donations to help off-set the clubs expenses incurred for the rescue program (i.e. veterinary fees, feeding, boarding, grooming and veterinary fees associated with the program.) You may send your donation to: MSCSC, C/O Nancy Jo Baker, 5131 Argyle Drive, Buena Park, CA 90621. Payable to: MSCSC. Write RESCUE on the memo line.


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Dog Safety

Bee Sting Warning

Should your dog get stung by a bee, immediately administer a childs dose of liguid Benadryl or capsule (whichever you have) and take the dog to the vet. If you are not sure if the dog was stung go ahead and give the Benadryl, better to be safe then sorry. Some dogs are very allergic to bee stings and can die. Signs your dog has been stung: scratching at their face, leg, or paw, "screaming", running around rubbing or general unusual behavior, sometimes vomiting occurs. Check the dog to see if the gums or tongue are blue/grey (not pink) and make sure their throat does not swell shut.

Benadryl (liquid preferrably) is a wonder medication dog owners should have at all times. It helps alleviate seasonal allergies, stings/bites (ants, bees, wasp)...etc.

Top 10 Canine Toxins of 2013 (provided by Karen Means) Karen presented information regarding canine poisons/toxins prevention and treatments, that all dog owners should be aware of at the MSCSC General Meeting on February 16, 2014.

Dog toxins

Pet Poison Helpline Information - Top Ten Toxins for Dogs

Beware of xylitol

We had a terrible scare two weeks ago with all three of our little girl schnauzers. We were packing to go on a trip and Bill had put two packs of sugarless Trident gum in the suitcase which he closed but did not zip up and Rya pulled out the two packs. Bill was working upstairs when he came down he saw all three dogs finishing up the two packs of gum. He immediately called the vet and the receptionist told him not to worry it would come out in their stools so he called me. I immediately told him to get them to the vet as they needed to induce vomiting. At the vets office the vet told me it is the most toxic thing a dog can get into and that as little as ½ stickof gum can be fatal to a 20 lb. dog. Bill had induced vomiting immediately by using hydrogen peroxide and Bayli vomited a good deal of gum. At the vets office they induced vomiting in all three as well as ran blood work as xylitolin sugarless gum causes hypoglycemia as well as liver failure. When the vet called the first evening he did not give us too much hope in regards to any of the three. We had to give them honey, corn syrup, etc. to keep their glucose levels stable, so needless to say we did not sleep at all the first night. The next morning more blood work and no symptoms. The third morning more blood work and it all checked out fine. We were very quick to react, but the hypoglycemia generally sets in within the first 30 minutes and the liver failure within 12 – 18 hours. Please tell everyone you know about keeping anything that has xylitol in it away from dogs.

Dog toxic xylitol in gums, mints, desserts ... and now
FEB 07, 2011

I've written about the dog-toxicity of the popular sugar substitute xylitol so often and so fervently that a Google search for "xylitol and dogs" digs up my past posts on the subject among the first several findings. And that's cool. But it's not nearly enough. Indeed, the fact that I'm up there tells me precious few people are getting the news. Which is why I keep trying …

Yes, xylitol is still killing dogs … more dogs than ever before. This, despite my efforts and those of like-minded big mouths who seek to inform all U.S. consumers that xylitol is a menace to dogdom.

How menacing? A few sugar-free breath fresheners, a pack of gum, a spilled tin of mints, a sugar-free dessert cup. It takes only a little of this toxin to send a dog into hypoglycemia-induced seizures, and just a little bit more to bring on liver failure.

And what's worse is not so much its extreme toxicity … but its insidiousness.

Let me explain:
Xylitol is a great product. It's a natural extract from the birch tree, and it takes only a little bit of this stuff to sweeten a whole lot. It's therefore less expensive than other sugar substitutes. And it happens to taste better than most of them. Diabetics everywhere can rejoice! The tooth fairy, too.

All of which is why consumer product manufacturers have been slowly and quietly replacing other sweeteners with xylitol … in everything, not just products that are labeled sugar-free.

And that's the trouble. When I first started writing about xylitol three or four years ago the number of consumer products containing xylitol numbered less than a hundred in the U.S. Moreover, they were largely restricted to the arena of sugar-free gums and foods. Fast-forward to today and the list is way longer and much more diverse. You can find xylitol in everything from Flintstones vitamins to commonly prescribed drugs.

These latter products pose more of a problem for dog owners and veterinarians for a variety of reasons.

These products never used to contain xylitol. In fact, I used to recommend Flintstones vitamins for my patients. Now I have to caution my clients to stick to pet-only brands and to be very diligent about reading labels. But it took months before I became aware of the change in this brand's ingredients. (So you know, xylitol is included in only a few of the Flintstones formulations, not all.)

What's worse ­ and even more stressful for veterinarians ­ is that it's not just common consumer products anymore that we have to watch for. The human versions of drugs, especially the children's elixirs, are now being formulated with xylitol for greater pediatric palatability. Unfortunately, the lower doses in the kids' meds are exactly what some of our smaller animal patients require.

Got a little dog who needs hycodan syrup for a cough, or the bronchodilator theophylline for breathing? Even if you've been getting a drug for months or years as an elixir from the same exact pharmacy, beware. Preparations of these drugs may soon change to reflect the widening market for xylitol as a sweetener.

Case in point: This week I sought to relieve a clients' small dog of back pain associated with recurrent episodes of intervertebral disc disease. In so doing, I prescribed a dog-only non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, and the smallest dosage of gabapentin (used for both seizures and neurogenic pain) currently formulated. But the pharmacy had run out of thee 100 mg capsules, which is why I received a call from the pharmacist to see if I would OK the liquid (elixir) version instead.

Now, I'd like to say I'm always up on every single drug and all the new formulations, but I'm not. It's just too damn much info to consume on a regular basis. I had, however, just read through Plumb's Veterinary Drug Handbook on this exact point: available formulations of gabapentin. And guess what? Some commercially prepared versions of liquid gabapentin have xylitol in them ­ and it was one of these very versions my pharmacist was offering.

The same drug I was offering my patient might have killed her had I not known about the change!

Now, I don't know how much of the elixir it would've taken to send her into seizures, but rest assured, this little dog was already getting the high end of the drug's dose, so I think I'm justified in fearing the worst for other dogs all over the country whose pharmacists don't make the call (it happens all the time), or whose veterinarians haven't yet heard of the dangers pediatric elixirs now pose to animals.

Does this shock you?

It should. It terrifies me.

Dr. Patty Khuly




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