my 30 for 30 continues. and the dangers of Google.



Last night, my dog discovered the peace lily plant we keep in the living room. After peacefully {no pun intended} coexisting with it for several months, he decided — in the middle of the night while we were sleeping — that it would make a better target for destruction than decorative element. We woke up this morning to a few shredded leaves tossed around the living room floor. I played hooky stayed home from work today, and he continued to assault the poor plant throughout the afternoon every time I left the room.

At about 6:00pm, I got the bright idea to do a quick search online to see if peace lilies are toxic to our four-legged friends. Bad idea. Ten minutes and dozens of pet forums later, I’d convinced myself that Doak would soon go into anaphylactic shock, closely followed by coma and death.  I called husband, who was out to dinner with his dad, and roped him right into my panic.

I called our local emergency vet, and after waiting on hold for what seemed an eternity {all during which I nearly hyperventilated in anxious anticipation of the devastating news I just knew was coming} they basically told me that he should be fine, just a little itchy around the mouth and maybe nauseous. I should mention that all during this hypochondriacal mania, Doak had zero symptoms of poisoning or distress, but I didn’t pay much attention since I was completely consumed with his impending doom. 

The moral of the story is this: using Google to diagnose your pet is just as terrifying and counterproductive as doing an innocent symptom search on WebMD for a tension headache and ending up with cancer. Take it from me, don’t do it.

Author: Keira Lennox

I'm a small town lady from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear. (Or watching Netflix and drinking wine.)

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  • Hilarious! I do this all too often with both of my dogs and me (and occasionally others)… not good. Glad your pup’s ok!

  • Ha! Glad Doak is ok…and I relate…I think I’ve used the Internet to diagnose myself, all of my family members and dogs with one terminal illness or another! Meanwhile, you look terrific! I love how you have paired this vest with the cardigan…and the belt ties it all together! Terrific

  • It’s so true. I do this to myself all of the time. I also thought that our cats paw outbreaks due to allergies were actually a sign of blood cancer. Glad your pup is going to be okay. :)

  • My cat was sick last week. After countless searches on the interest and trying to self diagnose my cat I scared myself into thinking he either had feline leukemia or some fatal and rare virus. After freaking myself out I made an emergency call to the vet and all he had was a kidney infection. Lol