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CDA Meeting Minutes: 11/29/2017

Posted on: December 13, 2017 • 0 Comments


Chelmsford Dog Association
Annual Meeting Minutes
Chelmsford Police Department Community Room, 2 Olde North Rd, Chelmsford
November 29, 2017 6:30 PM

Chelmsford Holiday Prelude and Pictures with Santa

Posted on: December 5, 2017 • 3 Comments


Many thanks to the Chelmsford Decorating Committee for sponsoring the Santa on the common during the Holiday Prelude. As our contribution to the community, a member of the Chelmsford Dog Association took the pictures of kids, adults and pets with Santa and we have posted the full-quality digital images in our gallery.

Amazon Smile

Posted on: December 1, 2017 • 0 Comments


As the holiday season ramps up and we start our frantic shopping sprees. think about the CDA for a moment!
If you shop on Amazon, you can help us (and the park)!

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

Directors for 2018!

Posted on: December 1, 2017 • 0 Comments


The following directors were elected at the 2017 annual meeting and election and will serve on the board for the next 2 years.

Beth Bukala
Danielle Corsino
Kathy Gould

We welcome Kathy as a new Director on the Board!

CDA Meeting Minutes: 10/25/2017

Posted on: November 29, 2017 • 0 Comments


Chelmsford Dog Association
Meeting Minutes
Chelmsford Public Library, McCarthy Room, 25 Boston Rd, Chelmsford
October 25, 2017 6:30 PM

Hannaford Helps Cause Bag – December

Posted on: November 10, 2017 • 0 Comments


The CDA has been chosen AGAIN by the Hannaford store located in Drum Hill as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Cause Bag program! This means for every Hannaford Helps bag purchased at the Drum Hill Hannaford during the month of December, we receive $1. Please go to the store, find the reusable bag rack and buy the Hannaford Helps bag with the good karma message!

CHELMSFORD DOG ASSOCIATION JOINS NEWMAN’S OWN FOUNDATION $500K HOLIDAY CHALLENGE

Posted on: November 9, 2017 • 0 Comments


The Chelmsford Dog Association has joined the Newman’s Own Foundation $500k Holiday Challenge, a fundraising competition on CrowdRise, the largest crowdfunding platform for good. Newman’s Own Foundation $500k Holiday Challenge is a friendly fundraising campaign for eligible US-based 501(c)3 charities. Participating organizations will compete for half of one million dollars in prize money. the Chelmsford Dog Association has joined the challenge on CrowdRise in hopes of raising money to support the maintenance and enhancement of the Chelmsford Dog Park.

Announcement

December 5, 2017 • 3

Chelmsford Holiday Prelude and Pictures with Santa

Many thanks to the Chelmsford Decorating Committee for sponsoring the Santa on the common during the Holiday Prelude. As our contribution to the community, a member of the Chelmsford Dog Association took the pictures of kids, adults and pets with Santa and we have posted the full-quality digital images in our gallery.

December 1, 2017 • 0

Directors for 2018!

The following directors were elected at the 2017 annual meeting and election and will serve on the board for the next 2 years.

Beth Bukala
Danielle Corsino
Kathy Gould

We welcome Kathy as a new Director on the Board!

November 10, 2017 • 0

Hannaford Helps Cause Bag – December

The CDA has been chosen AGAIN by the Hannaford store located in Drum Hill as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Cause Bag program! This means for every Hannaford Helps bag purchased at the Drum Hill Hannaford during the month of December, we receive $1. Please go to the store, find the reusable bag rack and buy the Hannaford Helps bag with the good karma message!

November 9, 2017 • 0

CHELMSFORD DOG ASSOCIATION JOINS NEWMAN’S OWN FOUNDATION $500K HOLIDAY CHALLENGE

The Chelmsford Dog Association has joined the Newman’s Own Foundation $500k Holiday Challenge, a fundraising competition on CrowdRise, the largest crowdfunding platform for good. Newman’s Own Foundation $500k Holiday Challenge is a friendly fundraising campaign for eligible US-based 501(c)3 charities. Participating organizations will compete for half of one million dollars in prize money. the Chelmsford Dog Association has joined the challenge on CrowdRise in hopes of raising money to support the maintenance and enhancement of the Chelmsford Dog Park.

October 28, 2017 • 2

CDA Annual Meeting and Board Elections

The Chelmsford Dog Association Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 29 in the Community Room at the Chelmsford Police Department (2 Olde North Rd, Chelmsford)
The CDA Board of Directors has 3 open positions for election this year. Nominations closed at the October Meeting.
We encourage all CDA members to attend and vote. Only those present at the meeting, or with an official proxy may vote.

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Did You Know?

Dogs

Originally from the ASPCA website: People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets

Alcohol
Alcoholic beverages and food products containing alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death. Under no circumstances should your pet be given any alcohol. If you suspect that your pet has ingested alcohol, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately.

Avocado
Avocado is primarily a problem for birds, rabbits, donkeys, horses, and ruminants including sheep and goats. The biggest concern is for cardiovascular damage and death in birds.  Horses, donkeys and ruminants frequently get swollen, edematous head and neck.

Chocolate, Coffee and Caffeine
These products all contain substances called methylxanthines, which are found in cacao seeds, the fruit of the plant used to make coffee, and in the nuts of an extract used in some sodas. When ingested by pets, methylxanthines can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. Note that darker chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate. White chocolate has the lowest level of methylxanthines, while baking chocolate contains the highest.

Citrus
The stems, leaves, peels, fruit and seeds of citrus plants contain varying amounts of citric acid, essential oils that can cause irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression if ingested in significant amounts. Small doses, such as eating the fruit, are not likely to present problems beyond minor stomach upset.

Coconut and Coconut Oil
When ingested in small amounts, coconut and coconut-based products are not likely to cause serious harm to your pet. The flesh and milk of fresh coconuts do contain oils that may cause stomach upset, loose stools or diarrhea. Because of this, we encourage you to use caution when offering your pets these foods. Coconut water is high in potassium and should not be given to your pet.

Grapes and Raisins
Although the toxic substance within grapes and raisins is unknown, these fruits can cause kidney failure. Until more information is known about the toxic substance, it is best to avoid feeding grapes and raisins to dogs.

Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nuts can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs. Signs usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion and can last approximately 12 to 48 hours.

Milk and Dairy
Because pets do not possess significant amounts of lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk), milk and other dairy-based products cause them diarrhea or other digestive upset.

Nuts
Nuts, including almonds, pecans, and walnuts, contain high amounts of oils and fats. The fats can cause vomiting and diarrhea, and potentially pancreatitis in pets.

Onions, Garlic, Chives
These vegetables and herbs can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could lead to red blood cell damage. Although cats are more susceptible, dogs are also at risk if a large enough amount is consumed. Toxicity is normally diagnosed through history, clinical signs and microscopic confirmation of Heinz bodies.

Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs and Bones
Raw meat and raw eggs can contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli that can be harmful to pets and humans. Raw eggs contain an enzyme called avidin that decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin), which can lead to skin and coat problems. Feeding your pet raw bones may seem like a natural and healthy option that might occur if your pet lived in the wild. However, this can be very dangerous for a domestic pet, who might choke on bones, or sustain a grave injury should the bone splinter and become lodged in or puncture your pet’s digestive tract.

Salt and Salty Snack Foods
Large amounts of salt can produce excessive thirst and urination, or even sodium ion poisoning in pets. Signs that your pet may have eaten too many salty foods include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, seizures and even death. As such, we encourage you to avoid feeding salt-heavy snacks like potato chips, pretzels, and salted popcorn to your pets.

Xylitol
Xylitol is used as a sweetener in many products, including gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste. It can cause insulin release in most species, which can lead to liver failure. The increase in insulin leads to hypoglycemia (lowered sugar levels). Initial signs of toxicosis include vomiting, lethargy and loss of coordination. Signs can progress to seizures. Elevated liver enzymes and liver failure can be seen within a few days.

Yeast Dough
Yeast dough can rise and cause gas to accumulate in your pet’s digestive system. This can be painful and can cause the stomach to bloat, and potentially twist, becoming a life threatening emergency. The yeast produce ethanol as a by-product and a dog ingesting raw bread dough can become drunk (See alcohol).

Category: Dogs

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