Happy dogs on thursday, little friday and thankful thursday to you. Sissy is feeling very DIVA-ish these days, so do click right over and bow to the queen, will you? (Hem.)
Before I get too silly, I want to mention a serious topic. Ironically, despite her hound-strong ways, Sissy’s best command is “leave it!” – really. Before we knew about her long list of serious food allergies, she and my sing-songy “leave it” clicked in class, and we practice it routinely. Okay, so we don’t PRACTICE as much as we use it daily, because she is a hound, and for those of you who haven’t lived with one, they take the world in through their mouths. The shrink who coined the phrase oral fixation had to know hounds…
I’m digressing again. While we were at the vet’s on Monday for Sissy’s routine eye pressure check (fine, within normal limits, thanks for asking), I checked out all the little piles of brochures and such in the waiting room. (Sissy doesn’t wait well either, in case you were wondering.) I found a list of “top human meds toxic to pets” that I thought I should share:
- Pain relievers – Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Tylenol
- Antidepressants – Zoloft, Cymbalta, Effexor and more
- ADD/ADHA medications – Ritalin, Vyvanse, etc.
- Sleep aids – Klonopin, Ambien, Lunesta, etc.
- Muscle relaxants – Lioresal, Flexeril, etc.
- Heart medications – Cartia, Cardizem
(List courtesy of Pet Poison Helpline – 800-213-6680)
Of course it goes without saying that generics and competitors not listed with similar ingredients should be included too.
Back to “leave it!”… In our house, it’s considered at least as important as a strong recall command. “Come” is sometimes optional with our pack – terriers are just as stubborn as hounds, plus they tend to think they’re above the law – but “TO ME!!” is NEVER disobeyed, maybe because even when we practice, I have a bit of panic/real urgency in my voice, and praise and treats are given liberally. Both of those commands could save your dog’s life, even if he/she isn’t allergic to almost anything that once had flesh on it, corn and more…
Now, for thankful thursday. I’m very thankful for all of my dogma mentors and friends. This year has really tested my nerves and personal doggy resources, but thanks to this worldwide web thing and doggy bloggies, I never was without a strong support system who had answers, advice or whatever else I needed in the moment.
What are you thankful for today?