Archive for March, 2012

Ten Foods That are Harmful or Even Lethal to Your Dog or Cat

Many common foods that we cook with every day are not good for our furry friends, some of them fatal, while others cause terrible side effects.  Every year many of our fur friends suffer because us humans are not careful enough to keep these foods out of reach of our curious and hungry friends.

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in products such as gum, candy, mints, toothpaste, and mouthwash. Xylitol is harmful to dogs because it causes a sudden release of insulin in the body that leads to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Xylitol can also cause liver damage in dogs. Within 30 minutes after eating, the dog may vomit, be lethargic (tired), and/or be uncoordinated.  However, some signs of toxicity can also be delayed for hours or even for a few days. Xylitol toxicity in dogs can be fatal if untreated. It is unknown whether xylitol is toxic to cats.

Chocolate, Coffee, and Caffeine
Chocolate contains theobromine, a chemical that is toxic to dogs in large enough quantities. Chocolate also contains caffeine, which is found in coffee, tea, and certain soft drinks. Different types of chocolate contain different amounts of theobromine and caffeine. For example, dark chocolate and baking chocolate contain more of these compounds than milk chocolate does, so a dog would need to eat more milk chocolate in order to become ill. However, even a few ounces of chocolate can be enough to cause illness in a small dog, so no amount or type of chocolate should be considered “safe” for a dog to eat. Chocolate toxicity can cause vomiting, diarrhea, rapid or irregular heart rate, restlessness, muscle tremors, and seizures. Death can occur within 24 hours of ingestion.

Grapes and Raisins
Grapes and Raisins can cause acute (sudden) kidney failure in cats and dogs. It is unknown what the toxic agent is in these fruits. However, clinical signs can occur within 24 hours of eating and include vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy (tiredness). Other signs of illness relate to the eventual shutdown of kidney functioning.

The Avocado tree leaves, pits, fruit, and plant bark are likely all toxic. Clinical signs in dogs and cats include vomiting and diarrhea.

Garlic and Onions
Garlic and Onions contain chemicals that damage red blood cells in cats and dogs. Affected red blood cells can rupture or lose their ability to carry oxygen effectively. Cooking these foods does not reduce their potential toxicity. Fresh, cooked, and/or powdered garlic and/or onions are commonly found in baby food, which is sometimes given to animals when they are sick, so be sure to read food labels carefully.

Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia Nuts are common in candies and chocolates. The mechanism of macadamia nut toxicity is not well understood, but clinical signs in dogs include depression, weakness, vomiting, tremors, joint pain, and pale gums. Clinical signs can occur within 12 hours after eating. In some cases, signs can resolve without treatment in 24 to 48 hours, however, patient monitoring is strongly recommended.” –

Nobody wants their best fur friend to suffer like this, so make sure that none of these foods are left around where your dog or cat might accidentally gain access to them.
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GZ Pendants Pendants!

Gorgeous One of a Kind!

You will love these unique, one of a kind pendants that Angela can make for you just from a picture of your favourite fur friend, or anything else you’d like in a unique pendant.

Angela Zissoff & her husband, Chris Goodman were both born and educated in Toronto, Ontario. Angela studied Printing Technology and Graphic Design at George Brown College and later attended University of Toronto in the Fine Arts Studio Program.  Chris graduated from Ontario College of Art during that time.

When Angela and Chris were married, Chris had already been working in the family business, The Russell C. Goodman Stained Glass Studio, for 20 years. As soon as they were married, Angela became a stained glass apprentice with Chris and his father, Russell.

Chris & Angela continue the 58 year old family guild today which has been renamed the Goodman Zissoff Stained Glass Studio and their commissioned works still take them across the country, creating works for various venues such as residential, institutional, religious, and government.

Fused glass pendants have also become a passion. Working with miniature size elements; stacking, gluing, and fusing, has become a nice contrast to the larger scale Chris & Angela are used to. There is still a strong desire to create landscape imagery or symbols that are meaningful in the pendants although the artist’s whims are revealed in the more abstract pieces.

GZ Pendants Pendants is an offshoot of Goodman Zissoff Studio where Angela and her husband work with fusible glass for both their large panels and their unique pendants.

All imagery is hand painted and fired in the glass permanently and then the pendants are strung with a black, nylon, adjustable cord. Simply by sliding each knot forward or back, this enables the pendant to be worn like a choker or longer.

To see more beautiful images and read more go to Angela’s page at
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