Jan 2 2011

Christmas Tree Warning

Our dog Emily is just as sweet as they come!


She’s a mix of a bunch of different breeds, but I think it’s the golden in her that makes her eat just about anything. When she was only a few months old she ate a sock.

She was acting strangely (but still eating food), so I took her to the vet. They saw something on the x ray and decided to operate. There it was – my sock!

Fast forward 7 years later and she decides to eat the pine needles from the Christmas tree (or Hanukkah bush, as my husband likes to call it – clearly it’s still a Christmas tree).

She started having some nasty side effects that I won’t get into. I’ll just say we woke up to surprises in our dinning room every morning for a few days. She was lethargic and not herself so I took her to the vet.

They did some tests, didn’t see anything, gave her some meds for the accidents and sent us on our way. It wasn’t until our third visit when I said ‘do every test you have, there is clearly something very wrong with my dog’.

After doing an ultrasound they found fluid in her abdomen. A condition that can be fatal in a short period of time. We took her to the emergency hospital (with 2 and 4 year old boys – fun!). They decided to operate in the morning because they assumed her intestines were perforated from the pine needles.

OMG! I’m thinking I killed my dog just so we can have a stupid tree in our living room. Beating myself up for disturbing the balance of nature. Trees belong outside after all.

Turns out they did not find a perforation and we still don’t know what caused the fluid to be in her abdomen. They said she may have had a perforation that healed itself, but they can’t say for sure.

Either way, I wanted to share this because Christmas trees can be a big hazard for pets, and if you have an animal that’s prone to eating just about anything, you should consider putting a gate around the tree.

It’s pretty common for dogs to try eating the Xmas tree and the results can be fatal.

Emily was in the hospital for almost a week and just got her stitches out the other day. She is happy to be home and recovering well!


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