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Old 03-14-2009, 05:06 PM   #1
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Dear Fellow Beer Enthusiasts!

Just a public service announcements of sorts for those who brew in homes with dogs. We lost our Golden retriever to accidental poisoning when he ate the packet of hops in a brew kit. Our vet was unaware that hops can be deadly and we lost too much time to be able to save him. There is lots of information on this at wikipedia under dog health.

It causes a rapid and uncontrollable fever resulting in fatal seizures. Immediate vet care can save your dog. Both raw and spent hops are lethal, especially to muscular dog varieties. Composting spent hops around dogs will expose them to risk.

I wish someone had posted such a warning so I could have saved my dog.

To your brewing success and the safety of man's best friend!

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Old 03-15-2009, 12:24 AM   #2
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Malignant hyperthermia is bad news. I am sorry to hear about your loss.

In hind sight, once malignant hyperthermia starts (especially if it starts hard), it is very hard to reverse. Often times permanent damage has done and an unstoppable chain reaction happens. Immediate vet care may have saved your dog, but the prognosis is poor. Since there is no readily available antidote, and the unstoppable chain reaction starts early, cases like these usually end up the same way.

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Old 03-15-2009, 02:18 AM   #3
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Nunley, I am sorry to hear about your loss, and thank you for the warning.

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Old 03-15-2009, 02:26 AM   #4
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Very sorry to hear about your loss. I know how hard it is to loose your best pal. We lost the real gingerdawg (also a gloden) about a year ago from complications due to a previous bout with Lyme disease.

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Old 03-15-2009, 03:32 AM   #5
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Edited: Sorry, didn't mean to be that much of a jerk, just a little bit of a jerk. I'm sorry to hear about your companion, I just assumed everyone knew by now.

Wait a second, hops can be bad for dogs?!? Next you'll tell me alcohol can be bad for livers.

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Old 03-15-2009, 04:31 AM   #6
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wow, sorry to hear that, but thank you for the info i had no idea about hops being bad for dogs, but will be very careful now that i do.

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Old 03-15-2009, 04:40 AM   #7
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Sorry to hear about your loss. This thread pops up every now and then, but it can never be too often. There are always new brewers coming onto the site and it's important that they know this.

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I wonder if the beer itself is bad for them too, or just whole hops. I have two Labs who will steal your beer in a heartbeat. My spent hops go right in the garbage disposal.

Maybe this thread should be a sticky.

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Old 03-15-2009, 05:39 AM   #9
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AFAIK beer itself is not poisonous. Ive heard many a story of people feeding dogs beer and how much dogs love it. Why a dog would want to eat a bitter hop is beyond me...

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I am so very sorry for your loss, as others have expressed as well. All we can hope is that the passing was a comfortable is possible considering the horrors of MH. I don't know what else to say.

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