Thursday, March 27, 2008

Dog poison.

Again, not for the faint of heart or those with delicate stomachs (you people should never get a dog):

I saw Crouton was chewing on something, and to my horror, it was a daffodil bulb, snuck right out of one of the shot glasses I've been sprouting them in. A couple of the forced bulbs live on a low-ish windowsill, where Crouton can apparently reach them.

Initially, I was horrified that he had ruined an almost-blooming bulb, but then he started to look a little funny, and a new horror set in. Ask any of my friends - they all agree - I have a very active imagination.

According to the internet, plants in the narcissus family are toxic to dogs, and can cause everything from stomach upset to "tremor, spasm, and death." (Note: What is this, a 17th century herbal? "Tremor" and "spasm"? I could be wrong, but I don't think those are modern veterinary diagnoses.)

As I was reading this, Crouton promptly puked. On the rug. As I was cleaning it up, we had puking episodes 2 and 3. I started to freak out.

So I called the local emergency 24 hour vet (because it was already after 8 p.m.). Yes, I am totally that crazy lady that calls emergency vets on a regular basis. Bless those folks for existing, and especially, for answering questions by phone. They said that while the bulb-chewing might cause him a stomach ache and some vomiting, he probably was not on the verge of death. Good to know. Also, please stop calling us. Okay. So I gave him some yogurt and refused to go out with my husband to play pool. Instead, I stayed home, watching Crouton closely for signs of lethargy or, you know, death.

Never mind that this dog will eat anything, and puke it up just as promptly. It doesn't matter how toxic and nasty it tastes. He firmly believes that he is on the verge of starvation all the time. Keep the Drano away from this puppy. Literally.

And sure enough, he's fine now. Crisis averted. Adrenaline ... wasted. Sheesh.

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