You Know You Love Your Dog When....

So this has been one heck of week. We have had sick kids, broken car, and then the dog. Our beloved dog Daisy was our first baby. She even made it into our wedding as a puppy much to our parent’s chagrin. She has been bumped further and further down the totem pole with each addition. She used to sleep in our bed, under the covers. She had her own couch and she went on daily walks or trips to the dog park. Well, those days are gone. She is reduced to a cot on the floor in living room, the adoring attention of toddlers poking her eyes, pulling on her ears, and trying to ride her as though she were a horse. Poor girl.

I have been doing a lot of baking and had a stash of chocolate chips in the baking self of my cupboard. Someone (the kids) left the pantry open and while we were gone she helped herself to TWO entire bags of chocolate chips! That is 24 oz of semi-sweet chocolate. Now I am a major chocolate fan, but I don't think I could stomach half that amount. The unfortunate part is that chocolate is poisonous in dogs. The ingredient theobromine isn't processed the same way by their liver and can kill them. Daisy has a long love affair with chocolate so we are well versed in the treatment and the toxic dose, which is 1oz/ 3lbs of body weight for semi-sweet chocolate. If you do the math 24 X 3 = 72 lbs. She would need to be 72lbs or larger to handle that much chocolate. Problem. She is only 59lbs. If you can get them to the vet in the first two hours they can induce vomiting to reduce the amount absorbed. The signs of chocolate poisoning are vomiting, diarrhea, muscle tremors, incontinence, rapid heart rate, and cardiac death. Luckily for me I was gone an hour and she had already thrown-up three times. I will spare you the description but lets just say getting chocolate barf out of the rug aint happening! This brings me to the series of events that have transpired since that fateful morning.
You know you love your dog when you scrub chocolate barf out of the carpet.
*You know you love your dog when you spray down that patio that has 7 more piles of chocolate barf.
*You know you love your dog when you make your husband clean up the yard that was the second sign of chocolate poising.
*You know you love your dog when you make a special bed in your room with blankets and your own sweatshirt to keep her warm and protect the floor during the night.
*You know you love your dog when you lie next to her and cry as her muscles tremor.
*You know you love your dog when you check on her every hour throughout the night.
*You know you love your dog when you clean up the incontinence she had all over your blankets and sweatshirt.
*You know you love your dog when your baby brings you what you missed cleaning up that resembles chocolate.
*You know you love your dog when you go to put your preschooler to bed the next day to find her bed soaked with urine where the dog had been allowed to lay because she was sick. I have since learned theobromine has a very long half-life and is absorbed into their fat and is excreted for days and the toxicity signs may continue. Fabulous! Of course she missed the protective waterproof pad, so I am trying to clean urine out of the mattress.
*You know you love your dog when the chocolate didn't kill her but you consider it and don't! LOL.

20 comments:

MondaythroughSunday said...

I am so glad that your dog is ok..yep, you are a dog lover!!

Lacey Morgan said...

I just started reading the book Marley and Me this weekend- sounds like you had a Marley kind of day. Hope your first baby is feeling better.

Devin said...

This is why we have no pets...children, yes...pets, no. Doesn't make sense to most people; guess we're kinda weird.

Glad baby #1 is better.

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