(Original Post Date: 8/27/14)
Ali has been a part of the Willow Mill team for over 10 years, but she has been a pet parent for even longer, opening her heart and home to several rescues. One of her most recent additions to the household is Beyonce, a beagle adopted from the SPCA. Beyonce is currently 1 1/2 years old and has no problems fitting into the already chaotic family of two young boys under the age of 4, a mixed breed dog named Eddie, three cats, Colby Jack, Regan, and Golden Graham, and a hamster named Georgia. Ali does a great job keeping up with everyone most of the time, but as you can imagine, things can get hectic! Recently, Ali experienced a potentially life-threatening situation with Beyonce that she wanted to share with you.
Most of you know that grapes are considered a toxic food for dogs and Ali has wisely tried to keep them out of the house to avoid any problems. However, she recently gave in to the temptation of the delicious pile of green grapes and brought them home, safely storing them on top of the refrigerator. In an unfortunate turn of events, her youngest boy managed to climb to the top of the refrigerator, knock down the grapes, and gave Beyonce the opportunity to eat her fill, all while Ali walked out of the room for just a minute.
We all know accidents can happen, in an instant and unexpectedly. (That's what makes it an accident!) Realizing the potential harm that grape ingestion could have on Beyonce, Ali immediately contacted the ASPCA Poison Control. This hotline is maintained by a group of veterinarians that offers professional medical advice in the event of poison ingestion, for a fee. Each call currently costs $65, but is free with a HomeAgain microchip membership. When Ali called this number, the veterinarian was able to advise her on the appropriate medical treatment for Beyonce, which in this case required inducing vomiting immediately. Fortunately, Beyonce hadn't ingested any grapes! Even better, the call was free with Beyonce's HomeAgain membership and Ali was able to get right back to running her busy household with minimal interruption.
Not only is microchipping a smart decision as a permanent form of identification for your pet, there are the added benefits of the HomeAgain microchip membership, such as free ASPCA Poison Control phone calls. In a stressful situation such as poison ingestion, don't let the cost of a phone call stop you from taking the first step in caring for your pet.