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shippers
26th July 2007, 03:22 AM
Had a dilemma this evening. Sally and I had been out for a long walk in the fields. Got back home and she crashed out on the bed. I decided to paint the radiator as we are decorating our bedroom. Sally was fast asleep so I thought she'd be ok but as I was bending down she slipped off the bed and knocked the paint tin on to her front legs and chest. Tried to wash it off but it was radiator paint and oil based!! Panicking I immediately rang the vets and Sally has been under a GA and had her fur shaved. I was absolutely devastated when the vet told me this. She's been admitted overnight and I can collect her at 10:30 tomorrow. I feel terrible because it was my fault. Just hope she'll be ok as it is toxic and can burn skin. Can't wait to give our baby a cuddle as I absolutely adore her. :(

Mary
26th July 2007, 03:25 AM
Oh my. I hope your Sally will be OK. I am sure she will be fine. Keep us posted.

shippers
26th July 2007, 03:29 AM
Just feel so sorry for her. We've spent months getting her skin and coat in tip top condition and now this has happened poor thing

Cathy Moon
26th July 2007, 03:55 AM
Poor baby! That's a lot to happen in one day - give her hugs from us! :hug:

Caraline
26th July 2007, 10:34 AM
Poor little sweetie. I am sure the vet will do everything they can to keep her comfortable. :hug:

Denise G.
26th July 2007, 04:58 PM
Poor Sally--it wasn't your fault. Things happen sometimes...

She'll be as good as new before you know it!:)

coconut
26th July 2007, 05:28 PM
Poor sally give :hug: from me and the gang! let us know how she gets on!

*Pauline*
26th July 2007, 06:46 PM
Oh no! :confused:

My daughter did the same thing with gloss paint when she was months old and crawling. I wrapped her in a blanket and ran next door for help, my neighbour cleaned it off with white spirits :yikes

It will grow back, at least she didn't get any in her mouth. Accidents happen. :hug:

Rj Mac
26th July 2007, 08:00 PM
She'l be fine, don't blame yourself, accidents happen, when I was painting doors in our old house, Jake....who'd been sound asleep came to investigate, and before I knew it he sat down on the paint tin lid.....and ended up with a white bum :yikes

Give Sally a big :hug: from us when she comes home

Lani
26th July 2007, 08:30 PM
These things happen and lesson learned. At least you got her to the vet right away.

She might look a little strange shaved, but the important thing is she's okay and the hair will grow back. :)

Hugs to you & a little cuddle for her from Lucky ...

shippers
27th July 2007, 04:40 PM
Thanks for all your kind wishes. Sally came home yesterday. The vet managed to treat her with sedation rather than a GA. She's had her fur shaved on her front legs, chest and back legs. Her ears have also been trimmed :( . The vet said that because the paint was removed within the hour her skin wasn't as burnt as it would have been. It is slightly red. She's on antibiotics and aqueous cream twice a day. Have to clean her legs with saline to keep them clean. We have another appointment in a week to check she's doing ok. She is also wearing a buster collar for a week which she hates!!!! It's a shame because shes due to be spayed next friday too but not sure whether they will go ahead now because of this.
I'll keep you all posted on how she is doing. I'm sure she'll be fine cos she's still wagging her tail and playing with toys.

jcj528
27th July 2007, 05:24 PM
You and Sally will be in my thoughts and prayers

Caraline
28th July 2007, 10:03 AM
Poor little thing. I hope she is comfortable very soon. Maybe you could delay her spaying for a bit? It seems a bit of a shame to put her through more discomfort when this is happening. :flwr:

Karlin
28th July 2007, 10:19 AM
Poor Sally; I am glad she is back home with you though. Thank you for posting about this because I would never have guessed a paint spill could be so potentially dangerous! This was an eye opener for me and I am sure many others -- I will now be very careful with open tins of paint. Sharing your story will help prevent other accidents -- but I know that doesn't help with all you have gone through!

Don't worry, her coat will grow back in quickly. :)

Cathy Moon
28th July 2007, 01:01 PM
Give Sally a little hug and kiss from all of us. :hug::flwr:

Nicki
28th July 2007, 06:32 PM
So glad she is ok - this is scary and a good warning for the rest of us...

We have had incidents with emulsion paint - when our Blens decided they wanted to be Tricolours EEK! but fortunately not with oil based paints...

We now always use the puppy panels/pen to enclose the area being painted, so that they cannot even accidentally get near the paint...

shippers
28th July 2007, 07:51 PM
Thanks for all your kind wishes it means so much to us all. Sally is continuing on her antibiotics and cream but her paws still remain sore and parts on her belly. It breaks my heart when I see her so sad. She's getting so much love and attention. It's ashame though we have to keep her in for awhile to prevent infection. Can't wait to take her back the vet on Thursday to see if we can remove the buster collar that she hates!

I was wondering if there are any supplements we could buy for her that would give her a bit of a boost with her skin and help repair it? Even some vitamins? She seems down in the dumps and even her eyes and rest of her coat are not as vibrant.

I was also thinking of writing to the paint company and suggesting they advise people to seek vet help immediately if it gets on pets skin. Although I accept I should have kept her out the way of the paint and it was my responsilbility, many people I have spoken to have not realised how much it burns. Would this be worthwhile?

Cathy Moon
28th July 2007, 10:11 PM
I would ask the vet first before giving her anything additional. If she seems worse, you might want to call the vet, just to be on the safe side.

I don't know if it's sunny where you are, but be careful of her getting a sunburn since her hair is cut short.

Does the paint can label indicate it is harmful to humans? If so, I would understand that to mean it's harmful to animals as well.

shippers
29th July 2007, 01:13 PM
Sally seems a bit brighter today. Still cleaning her skins with sterile gauze and saline and putting cream on. The antibiotics are giving her diarrhoea, poor thing. She's still eating and drinking plenty though. I'll ask the vet if she needs anything extra. She's on James Wellbeloved food which I understand is good so hopefully this will be enough to help her skin heal.

I think the paint can stated is an irritant to humans. Don't think I'll bother writing. I just didn't realise the paint would burn in less than an hour.

jcj528
29th July 2007, 01:25 PM
Glad to hear Sally's doing better. Please don't beat yourself up. Accidents happen. Sally will heal and you two will be a team for a long time. Please give her a cuddle for me. Keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers.

Cathryn
29th July 2007, 03:14 PM
Hi!

Oh the poor little Love!! :hug: As the others have said, accidents happen and don't beat yourself up over this, the main thing is that Sally was seen as soon as possible, like Karlin has said I had no idea that an oil based paint could cause such a bad reaction in a dog so I have learnt from your experience as well and will stick to emulsion paint!!

A big kiss and a very gentle :hug: for Sally, her coat will come back in it's own time don't worry about that, a nice natural supplement you could give her is Evening Primrose Oil, Wheatgerm Oil or Fish Oils, regular gentle brushing with a natural bristle brush or even a babies hairbrush if you can find one, will stimulate blood circulation and encourage coat growth too!!

shippers
29th July 2007, 09:58 PM
Thanks Cathryn for your help. Can I buy these in the pet shop? Maybe Pets at Home? I'm going to have to buy the spray that freezes runny diarrhoea so I can clean up after her more easily! Has anyone used this spray?

Cathryn
29th July 2007, 11:06 PM
Hi!

Try your local Holland and Barrett, or any good chemist or health food store will sell them, but wait until her tummy settles down a little as they can "loosen" things slightly. Try giving her a spoonful, 5mls, of Kaolin and Morphine 2-3 times a day to settle her tummy as well, works wonders!!

shippers
1st August 2007, 06:23 PM
Well we're off to the vets tomorrow again. Can't wait to see how Sally is recovering. Hopefully we can take her buster collar off and she'll get the all clear to go for walks without risking infection.

We're having a lot of difficulty getting Sally to eat anything at the moment. We've recently swapped her food to Junior James Wellbeloved and she just won't eat it. She'll have a go if I put Tuna in spring water on the top but then she won't eat all the kibble. It's very worrying as don't want her to lose weight. She is still playful and passing urine and opening bowels but don't want her to lose her brightness. Her poo has firmed up again now - no more diarrhoea and the antibiotics have now finished.

Any suggestions to get her to eat? Also is Tuna in spring water ok for her? Was worried about the salt in brine.

Denise G.
1st August 2007, 08:24 PM
I'm sorry to hear about little Sally. It sounds like she's on the mend--great news! I'm so glad I read your post since I'm going to paint my kitchen cabinets sometime in the coming weeks and I wouldn't have known about the hazards of oil based paint. I know it's little consolation, but your story has definitely helped me and Mia! :)

Hugs to you and Sally from my crew!

Maxwell&me
2nd August 2007, 12:05 AM
I really have to THANK YOU for sharing this story......

We are just getting ready to do our annual painting of the house and ALWAYS use Oil Based Paint.....One of my dogs could have brushed up aginst the house and I most likly wouldnt have thought anything of it~ But becouse of your story Ill now be careful to keep them away from the house!

Cathy T
2nd August 2007, 12:13 AM
Wow! I just now am catching this story. I never would have thought about the paint burning her. Excellent thinking on your part!! So glad you were able to get her to the vet right away before the burn was worse. I never would have thought of this. Glad she seems to be on the mend. Give her extra kisses from me!

Cathy Moon
2nd August 2007, 12:54 AM
Well we're off to the vets tomorrow again. Can't wait to see how Sally is recovering. Hopefully we can take her buster collar off and she'll get the all clear to go for walks without risking infection.

We're having a lot of difficulty getting Sally to eat anything at the moment. We've recently swapped her food to Junior James Wellbeloved and she just won't eat it. She'll have a go if I put Tuna in spring water on the top but then she won't eat all the kibble. It's very worrying as don't want her to lose weight. She is still playful and passing urine and opening bowels but don't want her to lose her brightness. Her poo has firmed up again now - no more diarrhoea and the antibiotics have now finished.

Any suggestions to get her to eat? Also is Tuna in spring water ok for her? Was worried about the salt in brine.
You might want to try this Satin Balls recipe. Several people have tried it and had good results. Try mixing up a small batch to see if she likes it:
http://board.cavaliertalk.com/showthread.php?t=10131

shippers
2nd August 2007, 01:45 AM
I'm so glad our story has helped others. I definitely wouldn't like to see another dog go through what Sally has. It's great she's on the mend now :D . Thanks for that recipe Cathy I shall have a go at that soon to see if she likes it! She's becoming a fussy little madam!

jcj528
14th August 2007, 08:37 PM
How is Sally doing now? We haven't heard for a while and I'm just hoping its because Sally is back to being her little happy Cavalier self. Would you be able to give us an update, please?

shippers
14th August 2007, 08:43 PM
Thanks for asking about Sally. She's doing really well and her fur is starting to grow back now. She's eating and drinking normally again and the best thing for her is she can now go out! it was so difficult keeping her in and entertaining her. She was spayed 11 days ago and had her stitches out yesterday and it's healed very well. She's been through it all over the last month but now it's all out the way she can be happy again. I'll never let her near any paint again!!

jcj528
14th August 2007, 08:48 PM
That's wonderful news! Thank you so much for bringing us up to date. We kinda needed some good news, I think! Thanks, again

YIPPEE - Sally's all better!!!

Cathryn
14th August 2007, 09:25 PM
:rah: WONDERFUL!! I am so glad to hear that Sally's troubles are behind her now! Onwards and upwards now, give her a huge kiss and a:hug: from me won;t you? (As if you really need an excuse...icon_whistling ) :lotsaluv:

Caraline
15th August 2007, 11:42 AM
I am so glad she is fine now.