This is Bo, a 5-year-old red heeler. Recently, Bo got a hankering to eat an entire package of sugar-free gum, and gave his dad quite a fright!
Thankfully, his dad knew that sugar-free anything was bad for animals, and while it was after normal business hours, he called his vet and brought Bo in for an examination immediately. At the vet, Bo was monitored closely to make sure he wouldn’t get sick from the sugar-free gum.
If you’re not aware, there are certain sugar-free gums, candies, hygiene products and baked goods that contain xylitol, a sugar alcohol that is often used as a sweetener. For dogs, xylitol is a poison, and it may cause vomiting, loss of coordination, seizures, and in severe cases kidney or liver failure. In most cases, symptoms develop within 15 to 30 minutes of the dog eating the xylitol, but some sugar-free gums delay the onset of symptoms for up to 12 hours. A small piece of sugar-free gum (or 0.1 g/kg of xylitol) may be considered a toxic dose of xylitol, depending on the dog's weight.
Bo’s dad had recently lost his job. This incident not only scared Bo’s dad, it also made him worried about how he’d pay his bill for his dog’s after hours visit and stay. He applied to Fur Kids Foundation, and we were happy to help.
Luckily Bo was OK; he didn’t ingest enough of the xylitol to make him sick, and he’s happy to be at home with his dad, helping him apply for a job.
A quick tip: Check the ingredient list of products that may contain xylitol, such as gums, candies, toothpaste, baking sweeteners, etc. Place those items in locked cabinets or areas too high for your pet to access. If your dog is extremely persistent about stealing food, it is probably best not to have xylitol in your home.
Fur Kids Foundation is 100% ran by dedicated volunteers who give their time to help the Foundation raise money, take applications, and spread the word about the good work the Foundation does in Campbell County, Wyoming. If you would like to help Fur Kids Foundation continue to help local families with animals afford emergency veterinary care, please consider making a tax-deductible donation via PayPal or signing up to become a volunteer. You can see a list of those who support us on our Supporters page. Check out more Success Stories.
A huge shout out to Pat’s Hallmark Shop in Gillette, Wyoming for their very kind donation of nearly 20 T-shirts to Fur Kids Foundation. We’ll be using these paw-some shirts for silent auction items or even as give-a-ways for future events! Thank you so much for thinking of us. When you have a chance, stop in Pat’s Hallmark Shop at 200 S Gillette Ave in downtown Gillette. This fun shop specializes in greeting cards, gift wrap, ornaments and gifts for all occasions. Learn more about them on Facebook. Be sure to let them know that Fur Kids Foundation sent you!
Fur Kids Foundation has a very exciting achievement to announce! We've granted more than $100,000 since we began in 2011. Watch this Live Facebook video for more information.
A huge thank you to everyone who participated in Fur Kids Foundation's 2018 Pet Photo Contest. There were 81 entries this year, and you helped us raise $4,763! We beat last year's photo contest amount raised (3,544). You are a very generous group! Pictured are the pets who will be featured in our 2019 calendar—that will be on sale at our first ever Holiday Bazaar on November 7!
In first place, and featured on the cover, is the Russian Tortoise Bowser who raised $556 and is featured the month of November. We’re happy that Bowser’s family also includes three dogs, so winning a grand prize of a HURTTA leash and collar (or harness), a pet calendar, and a pet bandanna from Rescue Paws Apparel will still work for them. However, this is a great reminder that Fur Kids Foundation will help all cherished family pets—with fur or without!
Second prize went to Roscoe and Bo, two very adorable pups (lab and lab/golden retriever) who have incredible smiles and raised $501. They win a pet calendar, are featured the month of October, can select a HURTTA item, and get to wear a pet bandanna from Rescue Paws Apparel.
Third prize goes to Adonis (or Donny), who raised $470 and chose to share his month (February) with his siblings, Chloe (who raised $172) and Cody (who raised $61). This family wins a pet calendar, a HURTTA collar and a pet bandanna from Rescue Paws Apparel.
Other pets featured in the calendar include:
• Emma, $207, who also earned a pet calendar
• Jaiden, $144
• Murphy, $137
• Lily, $135
• Berkley, $132
• Tink and Cheyenne, $130
• Patch, $123
• Abigail, $122
• Leo, $115
Be sure to check out the other entries here. Thanks again for helping us raise money to help families with pets in Campbell County Wyoming afford emergency veterinary care!
Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
Your donation saves lives. It goes to work helping animals in Campbell County receive adequate veterinary care during a time when their family may not be able to afford it. Please contact the Foundation to learn more or donate now using PayPal.
The Fur Kids Foundation blog is written by board member and Founder Felicia. If you have ideas that you would like to see published in the blog such as concerns about pet-focused topics in the community or a funny story, please contact the Foundation. Enjoy!