Fruitcake and Your Pup

Today is officially fruitcake day!! As you eat your delicious cake, try and keep it to yourself, as your favorite four legged buddy should not eat it. If you are wondering why, well, not only the alcohol contained in these dense cakes can cause a problem, but if it doesn’t the raisins, currants and yeast most definitely will.


Raisins and currants can be highly toxic to your dog’s kidney. Certain breeds are more sensitive than others and since scientists have yet to figure out which toxin is the culprit, it’s best to beware. Dogs that are affected can end up with potentially fatal acute renal (kidney) failure. If you would like to read more on how fruitcake is hazardous to  your dogs health, click here.

First Human Kidney Transplant

The first human kidney transplant is performed by Dr. Joseph E. Murray at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts in 1954.

Not concerned about whether they were making history or not, Murray was quoted as saying “We didn’t think we made history. We didn’t even think of history.  We thought we were going to save a patient.”

On October 26, 1954, Richard Herrick was admitted to Brigham with chronic nephritis, and it soon became evident that he was going to die. Richard’s twin brother and best friend, Ronald, agreed to give one of his healthy kidneys to his brother. Extensive testing was carried out, including a successful skin graft from Ronald to Richard and fingerprinting of the brothers at a local police station. Richard thrived after surgery, and married his recovery nurse.  They had two children together. Read the details of this essential bit of medical history.