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A dog trainer has been left devastated by the sudden deaths of her two canines who licked up a smashed snow globe.
Caroline Osbourn is now warning fellow dog owners to get rid of snow globes ,which contain anti-freeze – a toxic substance for pooches.
The 46-year-old had worked hard to puppy-proof her home for playful 17-week-old Labrador Milo but nothing could have prepared her for a Christmas decoration to come crashing down.
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Caroline heard a crash coming from her kitchen on Monday (December 5) and despite rushing in as quickly as she could to see what it was, sadly she was too late to save both Milo and seven-year-old rescue, Lexi.
The pair were lapping up the liquid from a toppled photo snow globe, which Caroline described as feeling both "oily and sticky" as she frantically tried to clean up the mess.
Caroline, from Rayleigh, Essex, said: "I just can't believe. I really can't. It all happened so fast.
A quick search online found the spherical trinkets often contain anti-freeze, which according to The Kennel Club, can taste 'irresistible' to dogs despite it being extremely poisonous.
The liquid is known to cause in dogs brain, lung and kidney damage.
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After a call with an animal toxicology team, Caroline rushed her two dogs to the vet where they were given medication to make them sick before being put on a drip – with the business owner certain they would be okay.
But the following day, the mum-of-two was forced to say goodbye to both of her adored pets after they died six hours apart.
Now, Caroline is urging all dog owners to throw out their snow globes to avoid their own animals facing a similar heartbreaking fate.
Caroline said: "In our house we have three dogs. One was upstairs asleep.
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"We've got Milo the puppy and have gates everywhere. They were in our kitchen diner and we've puppy proofed everything.
"The Christmas tree was in the living room and there was nothing I thought they could hurt themselves on.
"I heard a smash and came running through. It didn't look like Lexi had actually had any but she died first.
"As I grabbed the snow globe and was trying to mop it up, Milo ran to where it fell off the shelf and I saw him licking. There was a big puddle of it there and he'd licked that puddle.
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"I called the vets and they said I had to ring a toxicology helpline. They said I needed to get them to the vets immediately."
After giving Milo and Lexi vodka as an antidote to the anti-freeze they had consumed, the pooches were both monitored overnight and Caroline claims she was sure they would be fine.
But the following morning she received the call to come and say her goodbyes to Lexi, who sadly died before she could get to the vets, before losing Milo just six hours later.
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