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28 February 2001 Issue
Important Warning About Kitchen Towels and Pets

INFORMATION FROM "DEAR ABBY"
submitted by molly mgh@bestweb.net 

Keep kitchen towels out of sight, for pets sake

Dear Abby: I am grief-stricken. Yesterday my husband & I faced the awful experience of putting our 3 y.o. chocolate Lab to sleep. For two or three days, he would not eat or drink & was lethargic & vomiting. We took him to the emergency vet hospital. The vet examined him & found "something" in his abdomen, which would require surgery to remove. What they found in his intestines was part of a kitchen towel.

Unfortunately, the tissue around the towel was infected & dead from the lack of blood supply to his intestines. The damage was worse than anticipated & he began bleeding internally. He was too weak to make it & we had to put him to sleep. To say that we're devastated is an understatement.

I always hang a kitchen towel on the handle of the oven. The towel probably smelled like food, which prompted him to chew it. To top it off, when we came home from the surgery, our 1 y.o. puppy threw up the other portion of the towel!

Abby, please make other pet owners aware of this potential hazard. If sharing my story can spare someone else the devastation of losing a pet, I'll gain some comfort

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