Issue 4: March 2003

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Inside This Issue

  1. Dogs and Chocolate
  2. Pet of the Month
  3. Kids and Dogs Safety Tip Sheet
  4. Breeder Listings
  5. Featured Products
  6. Classified Ads
  7. Ask the Expert
  8. Calendar of Events
  9. Pets411 Listings
  10. In The News
  11. The Fine Print

Dogs and Chocolates

by David the Dogman

Chocolate made for human consumption can cause death in dogs. Dogs are sensitive to a class of chemicals called methylxanthines. Caffeine and theobtomine are members of that family. Dogs simply cannot metabolize and excrete methylxanthines as efficiently as humans. The half life of those compounds in the human body is in the order of 2 to 3 hours, in the dog it is more like 18 hours.

In a dog the compounds are taken up by the liver and transmitted via the bile into the intestine. They are then converted back into the original methylxanthines for another circuit through the animal. This repeats itself a number of times and instead of getting rid of the substances the dog keeps repoisoning itself-

There are many formulations of chocolate with varying amounts of caffeine and theobromine. The lethal dose of sweet milk chocolate for a dog is 2 oz per kilogram of bodyweight. For a 5 kilogram dog this would be about 280 grams. A lethal dose of milk chocolate for a 25 kilogram would be about 1.4 kilograms.

Dark chocolate is at least 10 times as lethal. A 25 kilograms dog could die from the methylxanthines in 5 ounces.

Symptoms include vomiting, hyperactivity, restlessness, hypersensitivity to touch ( a dog will jump when touched very rapid heartbeat and rapid breathing rate. A loss of control of leg muscles, muscle tremor seizures, general weakness, coma and finally death follow.

In my humble opinion it would be a tragic mistake to encourage a dog to develop a taste for chocolate. A small dog left alone in a house with a box of chocolates might well follow his nose to the goodies and commit suicide by poisoning.

Commitment, Firmness, but kindness.

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Pet of the Month (March) Meet Timmy

  • Name: Timmy
  • City: Mississauga
  • Province/State Ontario, Canada
  • Type/Breed: Brown Tabby
  • Date Of Birth: October 14th 2001
  • Sex: Male
  • Coat Colour: Brown
  • Can bear children: No


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Kids and Dogs Safety Tip Sheet
by Sheila Blythe-Saucier

Teaching children the do’s and don’ts regarding animals is among one of the most important lessons you’ll ever teach them. Animals are everywhere and though many are domesticated, this does not automatically make them safe. For example, in the U.S. alone, 1-2 million dog bites occur annually.

Today many homes are raising children along with the family dog. Naturally kids delight in hugging, petting, and playing with their pets. But unfortunately, many children grow up believing that all dogs are gentle and friendly like their pets, and commonly fall victim to a dog attack, simply because they’d never been taught when it’s not okay to approach a dog.

Start teaching your children the following safety guidelines regarding dogs when they are quite young, and continue reinforcing these precautions frequently.

  1. Never run up to a dog.
  2. Never attempt to touch a neighbor’s dog through a fence.
  3. Never touch a dog that is growling, showing his teeth, or barking hysterically.
  4. Young children must never approach dogs without a grown-up’s supervision.
  5. Always hold your hand out first and allow the dog to sniff your hand.
  6. Never grab at a dog.
  7. Don’t approach a dog that is a watch dog protecting his property.
  8. Never attempt to touch a dog that is eating or in possession of a bone or a treat of some sort.
  9. Never hurt the animal by pulling it’s tail or fur for example.
  10. If the dog is leashed, ask the dog’s owner permission to pet the dog first.
  11. Keep your face away from the dog’s, when approaching or playing with them.
  12. Don’t make loud noises or sudden moves when approaching a dog. Speak softly to it.
  13. If a dog is chasing you, stop running, as this encourages him to chase you.
  14. Avoid eye contact with an aggressive dog, and back off slowly and non-threateningly.
  15. Do not touch, or attempt to touch, the animal’s eyes.

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March’s Featured Products

Vet ID tag


This exquisite steel and virtually indestructible ID Tag features a picture of a RED CROSS in the middle of it.

Your pet will look sharp wearing one of these custom engraved unique tags.
Our price: $12.99 (Canadian)

Rescue Decals


In case of emergency, these highly reflective decals can save your pet from tragedy by alerting rescuers of their presence..

Our price: 4.95 (Canadian)
for a package of 2 stickers.

Portable food and water bowl


The first convenient travel bowl to hold both food and water in one. Add food to the bottom and zip, then add the water to the top and tighten the drawstring. Now your dog is ready for food and water anywhere.

Our price: $13.95 (Canadian)

Our bowl is custom designed for dogs and is hand washable with sewn-in super strong bound seams.

Classified Ads

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Regular cat food for older cats – Answered by Dr. Slome


I just noticed on my cat food bag, (A HIGH END PREMIUM BRAND) that this food is recommended for cats up to 6 years of age.
My cats are now 10. Is there a problem with feeding this food to older cats?


This will certainly not be of any great danger to senior cats, however we do prefer that the formula to include is slightly lower protein, phosphorus and calories is fed to help reduce the aging of the kidneys and preventing obesity as cats become more sedentary in the later lives.

Your Premium food does have a senior diet which I would consider switching to.

Alternatively ask your Veterinarian which diet is best suited to your cats aging medical needs as there may be specific conditions that your cats have that I may not be aware of.

Martin Slome DVM
Centre Street Animal Hospital
7700 Bathurst Street Units, 40-42
L4J 7Y3
Tel. (905) 771-9855

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Calendar of Events

Field Trials for Retrievers & Irish Water Spaniels
March 2003 – 29,30 VICTORIA
Vancouver Island Retriever Club. George D Reynolds 1298 Holloway St Victoria, BC, V8P 1M7 (250) 382-1064

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In the News

Women dies in fire trying to save pets

A Prince Edward Island woman has died in a house fire, after going back into her burning home to try to save her cats.

Wild dogs plague Pritchard

Unruly dogs are terrorizing a Pritchard neighbourhood and stealing the simple pleasure of an evening stroll.

UBC med school will no longer use live animals

The University of British Columbia school of medicine will no longer use live animals in its teaching curriculum. It was one of the last universities in Canada to use live animals to train doctors. Dean of Medicine John Cairns confirmed Thursday that when classes begin in September, none will include the use of any live animals

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