Family warns pet owners after beloved dog dies from eating a Christmas decoration

Family Dog Dies Days After Eating Homemade Christmas Ornament
Family Dog Dies Days After Eating Homemade Christmas Ornament

Hope Pospisil posted her family's heartbreaking cautionary tale via Facebook post after the family's dog, Lexi, died from eating a Christmas ornament.

The pawprint ornament, created by her daughter Alice, was made of salt dough, a baking material that often contains a salt content that can be fatal to both cats and dogs, according to the Pet Poison Hotline.

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According to the post, two-year-old Lexi ate the ornament after sneaking downstairs Tuesday morning. After noticing the pup's naughty behavior, they put her in her kennel for a short while, and left the dog home alone later that day.

With tear filled eyes, I'm writing this as a warning to everyone. Lexi snuck downstairs today around 7-8am and ate Alice...
Posted by Hope Pospisil on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Everything seemed to be fine, however, when they returned a few hours later Lexi had peed in her cage and was shaking uncontrollably. "She couldn't even make it back up the stairs, as she fell backwards. We immediately took her to the Vets & we had only 2 options because her body temp was 107 and already caused neurological damage," the post goes on to explain.

"We could either take her to a vet and possibly, if she even made it that far, save her but be a completely different dog or put her to sleep." With heavy hearts, the family made the difficult decision to put their beloved dog to sleep.

"So please, if you make these ornaments, watch your animals around them," the posts ends. "This is not something we ever thought we would have to do to our 2.5 year old dog. Rest in Peace sweet Lexi girl. We miss you so much."

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