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As a pet owner, it is vital for us to be aware of items dangerous to our pets and what we should do if something happens.
Foods Toxic to Pets include: coffee grounds, fatty foods, tea, chocolate, avocado, alcohol, yeast dough, grapes/raisins, salt, macadamia nuts, onions, garlic and peanut butter (any products containing xylitol, an artificial sweetener). Always keep garbage out of a pet’s reach. Rotting food contains molds or bacteria that could cause food poisoning.
Cleaning Products. Many household cleaners can be used safely around pets. However, if the label states “keep pets and children away from area until dry,” follow those directions to prevent possible health risks. Always keep bleach and detergents away from pets. Store cleaning products in a secure cabinet out of the reach of pets and keep them in their original packaging or in clearly labeled and tightly sealed containers.
Insecticides/Rodenticides/Antifreeze.Flea and tick products labeled “for use on dogs only” should never be used on cats or other species. If a pet ingests rat poison, potentially serious or even life-threatening illness can result. Ethylene glycol-containing antifreeze and coolants can be fatal to pets. Insecticides, plant/lawn fertilizers, weed killers, ice-melting products and gasoline are also extremely dangerous. Place these items in areas completely inaccessible to pets.
Medications that pose high risk to pets include:non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen, acetaminophen, diet pills/vitamins, cold medicines, antihistamines and antidepressants.
Household Items. Potpourri smells good to pets but contains ingredients that can cause oral ulcerations and other problems, mothballs that contain naphthalene and can cause serious illness, including digestive tract irritation, liver, kidney and blood cell damage, swelling of the brain tissues, seizures, coma, respiratory tract damage (if inhaled) and even death (if ingested). Also protect your pet from tobacco products, pennies (those minted after 1982 contain zinc) and alkaline batteries.
If you suspect your pet ingested or came into contact with poisonous items, call your veterinarian immediately or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at (888) 426-4435.
–Jeff Falone, DVM
Valleydale Animal Clinic
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Transformation Ministries(TM) provides local churches and the body of believers in our community with a resource for helping families in crisis, particularly families touched by addiction. “Our mission is to set at ‘liberty those that are bruised’ in this world through counseling, prayer ministry and discipleship. We want to be an extension of any church that is wanting to partner with us to minister to their church body, train and equip their lay leadership and provide inner healing and deliverance to all that need help,” explains Rock Hobbs who founded the ministry in 2009. Headquartered at WMU (Women’s Missionary Union) in Birmingham, the ministry has a three-pronged focus: Family/Individual Biblical Counseling, an Inner Healing and Deliverance Prayer Ministry and a School of Ministry.
Individual & Family Counseling.“Our mission is to minister to those who are hurting, identify unresolved issues and empower people to receive God’s freedom from destructive strongholds,” explains Hobbs who works with a staff of nine counselors with various specialties to serve about 1200 people a year for free. “The Lord asked me back in 2008 to never charge for my counseling so that I could stay humble and have to totally depend on Him for all my financial support,” says Hobbs adding, “We wanted to provide quality biblical counseling to the single mom with two teens or the parents with wild children or the down and out that didn’t have the means to pay for high quality counseling.” The biblical counseling covers the areas of marriage, addiction/aftercare, parenting prodigals, PTSD/trauma, crisis intervention, depression/anxiety, child and adolescent counseling, autism and learning disabilities.
Inner Healing & Deliverance. In cooperation with the International Ministry of Restoring The Foundation (RTF), Transformation Ministries offers RTF as a part of their healing ministry. This is a method of applying the powerful life-changing truths of scripture to the problem areas that are hindering and preventing a person from living as a cherished child of God. This component of the ministry was added in 2014. “Since then we have ministered to hundreds of people and seen many miracles and healings,” says Hobbs.
School of Ministry. Training classes include keys to inner healing, spiritual warfare and deliverance, journey to intimacy with the Father and more. The school serves more than 200 students during spring and fall semesters and hosts a special topic class in the summer every Tuesday, May 15-July 24 (skip 4th of July week). Classes take place at WMU and are also being live streamed in several areas of the state. To kick off the summer class, TM will host the seminar, “4 Keys to hearing God’s Voice” under the direction of Dr. Mark Virkler, May 4-5. He and his wife Patti have helped develop three networks of church-centered Bible schools, representing several hundred churches, and currently head up Communion With God Ministries and Christian Leadership University. “We feel very fortunate to bring Mark Virkler to Birmingham,” says Hobbs who emphasizes, “The seminar is open to all churches and anyone that just wants to learn how to better hear the voice of God.” To register, visit www.trministries.org. The cost is $75 (includes seminar, books, and 10-week summer class Tuesday morning (10:00 – noon) or evening (6:30-8:30 pm).
Under the direction of Andrea Billingsley Whitfield, Sixth Avenue Baptist Church youth recently participated in a special presentation, The Meaning of Easter. Pictured here are Deon Arnold, Jaliyah Pruitt, Kennedy Head, Morgan Durant, Cullen Durant, and Sa’Riya McMahon.
March 21 was declared by Congress as National Rosie the Riveter Day, honoring working women of World War II. On March 21 this year, Brookdale University Park held a ribbon-cutting for a Rosie the Riveter Memorial Rose Garden, which includes three of the newly created and patented Rosie the Riveter Rose bushes. Brookdale is home to Dr. Fran Carter, who was herself a Rosie and is founder of the American Rosie the Riveter Association (www.rosietheriveter.net, a national non-profit organization for Rosies and their descendants that has members in all 50 states.