By Cathy Kirkman
About this blog: This blog explores life in Palo Alto with our dogs, cats and other pets, as well as the urban wildlife around us, the title being a reference to Sharon Creech's lovely story, "Love That Dog." I grew up in Palo Alto surrounded by ... (More)
About this blog: This blog explores life in Palo Alto with our dogs, cats and other pets, as well as the urban wildlife around us, the title being a reference to Sharon Creech's lovely story, "Love That Dog." I grew up in Palo Alto surrounded by animals, and my two sons have grown up that way too. A Paly graduate, I wrote my personal essay for Harvard about walking my Lab at the Baylands — I don't remember what I said for Stanford Law, but I did keep a dwarf rabbit in Crothers Hall. After retiring from a Silicon Valley law practice, I shifted gears to a slower lifestyle, and found myself the humble Padawan learner of my pets and backyard animals in this regard. Today, I keep chickens and train dogs, just as I did in the 1970s. And I spend time volunteering for SEAN, a non-profit working on college readiness for all in our community. I'm a former member of the board of the Friends of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter and I speak for myself and not for the organization. (Hide)
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It's Halloween, so with all the candy around the house, I thought it would be a good idea to review the chocolate toxicity issue for dogs.
I found this Chocolate Toxicity Meter on petMD
, which enables you to enter your dog's weight, the type of chocolate (milk, dark, etc.) and the amount ingested in ounces. It returns the risk to your dog, along with potential symptoms you might encounter. What can be life-threatening to a little guy might not be a big deal for a large dog.
If in doubt of course, call your vet. Adobe Animal Hospital
on El Camino by San Antonio is open 24 hours, as is South Peninsula Emergency Vet
, on Middlefield by the Winter Club rink.
My Halloween costume: Palo Alto mom in school drop-off attire, with dorky bike as an accessory. Happy Halloween!