Tag: Poison

Essential Oils Can Kill Your Dog!

Dog Poisoned by the Diffuser

This morning I am forgoing my typical Tunes for Tuesday post for a public service announcement. Tunes for Tuesday will be back next week,

Anyone who has followed my blog or Instagram knows I am a dog lover. While I lived in Cary, NC, I joined a very nice dog park and its Facebook group. While I sometimes get very angry with Facebook over their censorship, I must admit that not everything about Facebook is evil. Here is a case in point … and a good reminder. This was posted by a fellow member of the dog park Facebook page, and it is good information. It can save your best friend’s life.

Posted by Marianne White

Saturday night, I got home late, and my dog didn’t recognize me. Being a nanny, I thought I woke him up, and he was having a night terror. Sunday, he was still acting weird. I realized that I had been running my new diffuser and decided to turn it off. Sunday afternoon, he was feeling better.

Today at work, my dog sitter said that he wouldn’t come out from under the bed. It was very odd as he is a happy dog.

I came from work early and again, he was very confused about who I was.

So I took him to emergency vet.

It turns out that the tea tree oil I was using in the diffuser is toxic for dogs. Thankfully the test showed that his liver was ok, but we weren’t out of the woods yet. He was given fluids under his skin to get the toxins out.

The vet and the poison control are saying that they see these cases often now that the popularity of essential oil is growing

Please make sure that the essential oils you are burning are not toxic to your pets.

Here is a list of essential oils not to use if you have a dog at home:

Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
Birch (Betula)
Bitter Almond (Prunus dulcis)
Boldo (Peumus boldus)
Calamus (Acorus calamus)
Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora)
Cassia (Cassia fistula)
Chenopodium (Chenopodium album)
Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum)
Garlic (Allium sativum)
Goosefoot (Chenopodium murale)
Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana)
Hyssop (Hyssopus sp. with the exception of Decumbens)
Juniper (Juniperus sp. with the exception of Juniper Berry)
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)
Mustard (Brassica juncea)
Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)
Red or White Thyme
Rue (Ruta graveolens)
Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus)
Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
Savory (Satureja)
Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Terebinth (Pistacia palaestina)
Thuja (Thuja occidentalis)
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

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Tunes for Tuesday: Now that’s Killer

Alice Cooper may not be everyone’s cup of tea …

But this iconic shock rocker left an indelible mark on heavy metal rock and roll.

Before there was … Ozzy Osborne, Marilyn Manson, or Rob Zombie … there was Alice Cooper!

Born Vincent Damon Furnier, Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spans over 50 years. With his distinctive raspy voice and a theatrical stage show featuring props, like guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, reptiles, baby dolls, and dueling swords, Cooper is considered by music journalists and peers alike to be “The Godfather of Shock Rock”. Drawing equally from horror films, vaudeville, and garage rock, Alice Cooper pioneered a macabre and theatrical brand of rock designed to shock people’s senses.

I was fifteen when the album, Welcome to My Nightmare, was released, and being intrigued by the cover, I bought a copy. I thought the title song was excellent, and I also enjoyed the songs Steven and Only Women Bleed.

Welcome to My Nightmare (1990 Music Video, Epic Records)

Now hooked, I bought the album, Killer, which had been released four years earlier and had several great songs on it, including Under My Wheels, Be My Lover, and Desperado! I couldn’t find a video of Desperado with decent sound quality, so I just added the song from the album itself.

Desperado (From the album, Killer, released November 1971)

Alice Cooper was one of those shows I always wanted to see but didn’t think I’d get the chance. Then, lo and behold. Alice Cooper played the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee. What a great concert. It was nice to see grandma and grandpa, mom and dad, and the kids all at the same show. I mean, where else does that happen?

We were about 10 rows back on the left side of the stage!

Schools Out (Live at the Tennessee Theatre Knoxville, 2012)

Feed My Frankenstein is a 1991 song on Alice Cooper’s 19th solo album titled Hey Stoopid. This song was featured in the 1992 film Wayne’s World. Guest musicians on the track include legendary rockers such as Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Nikki Sixx. It also included an appearance by Elvira.

Feed My Frankenstein (Live 2010)

You can’t talk about Alice Cooper today and not mention Nita Strauss. Nita is an American rock musician who comes from a long line of classical musicians, and she is a descendant of the famous Austrian composer, Johann Strauss.

Initially known for her work with an all-female Iron Maiden cover band called The Iron Maidens, Nita has had a great career as a solo artist. She is the first female signature artist with Ibanez guitars and is regularly featured on the covers of worldwide print magazines, including Guitar World and Guitar Player. She was ranked #1 on Guitar World’s list of “10 Female Guitar Players You Should Know.” She has also played with Consume the Fire, Femme Fatale, and Critical Hit.

Now she tours with Alice Cooper, and this girl can shred!

Poison (Live 2017, with Nita Stauss)

How’s that for some guitar playing! In 2014, Nita was also the official in-house guitarist for LA KISS, the arena football team owned by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS, and she can really rock the National Anthem. In fact, that’s what got her the gig with Alice Cooper.