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Old 01-17-2008, 11:57 AM   #1
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Another toxic food for dogs

If you have a dog... PLEASE read this and send it on. If you don't
> have a dog, please pass along to friends who do.

I have given my dogs grapes before. I will never do it again!! TG
>
> Written by: Laurinda Morris, DVM
> Danville Veterinary Clinic
> Danville , Ohio
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> This week I had the first case in history of raisin toxicity ever seen
> at MedVet. My patient was a 56-pound, 5 yr old male neutered lab mix
> that ate half a canister of raisins sometime between 7:30 AM and 4:30
> PM on Tuesday. He started with vomiting, diarrhea and shaking about
> 1AM on Wednesday but the owner didn't call my emergency service until
> 7AM.
> I had heard somewhere about raisins AND grapes causing acute Renal
> failure but hadn't seen any formal paper on the subject. We had her
> bring the dog in immediately. In the meantime, I called the ER service
> at MedVet, and the doctor there was like me - had heard something
> about it, but.... Anyway, we contacted the ASPCA National Animal
> Poison Control Center and they said to give I V fluids at 1 1/2 times
> maintainance and wat ch the kidney values for the next 48-72 hours.
> The dog's BUN (blood urea nitrogen level) was already at 32 (normal
> less than 27) and creatinine over 5 (1.9 is the high end of normal).
> Both are monitors of kidney function in the bloodstream. We placed an
> IV catheter and started the fluids. Rechecked the renal values at 5 PM
> and the BUN was over 40 and creatinine over 7 with no urine production
> after a liter of fluids. At that point I felt the dog was in acute
> renal failure and sent him on to MedVet for a urinary catheter to
> monitor urine output overnight as well as overnight care.
> He started vomiting again overnight at MedVet and his renal values
> have continued to incr ease daily. He produced urine when given lasix
> as a diuretic. He was on 3 different anti-vomiting medications and
> they still couldn't control his vomiting. Today his urine output
> decreased again, his BUN was over 120, his creatinine was at 10, his
> phosphorus was very elevated and his blood pressure, which had been
> staying around 150, skyrocketed to 220.. He continued to vomit and the
> owners elected to euthanize.
> This is a very sad case - great dog, great owners who had no idea
> raisins could be a toxin. Please alert everyone you know who has a dog
> of this very serious risk. Poison control said as few as 7 raisins or
> grapes could be toxic. Many people I know give their dogs grapes or
> raisins as treats including our ex-handler's. Any exposure should give
> rise to immediate concern.
> Even if you don't have a dog, you might have friends who do. This is
> worth passing on to them.
> ***Confirmation from Snopes about the above...
> Urban Legends Reference Pages: Raisins and Grapes Harmful to Dogs
>

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Old 01-17-2008, 12:48 PM   #2
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Yea, my neighbor that lives behind me planted a grape vine and I have to keep cutting that crud back so it will not drop grapes in my back yard!!!! I have to check every other day while they are fruiting to make sure none have fallen within reach of my kiddos!
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Old 01-17-2008, 02:06 PM   #3
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Thanks for posting, I didn't know as few as 7 grapes could be so harmful!
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Old 01-17-2008, 02:40 PM   #4
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I have read that before, but it certainly is worth repeating! Here's more on the subject:
Urban Legends Reference Pages: Raisins and Grapes Harmful to Dogs
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Old 01-17-2008, 03:11 PM   #5
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Chocolate vs Grapes

Hi and thanks,

my two hate grapes and I am very thankfull for that, now that I have read your thread. But BEWARE one bar of Chocolate can kill a dog, yes it has happened.

Tomatoes are also a no no for dogs.................!!!!

Let our furry noses be happy with us and not always get what we eat even if they have yes yes eyes.

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Old 01-17-2008, 03:13 PM   #6
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grapes

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Originally Posted by texasgirl View Post
If you have a dog... PLEASE read this and send it on. If you don't
> have a dog, please pass along to friends who do.

I have given my dogs grapes before. I will never do it again!! TG
>
> Written by: Laurinda Morris, DVM
> Danville Veterinary Clinic
> Danville , Ohio
>
> This week I had the first case in history of raisin toxicity ever seen
> at MedVet. My patient was a 56-pound, 5 yr old male neutered lab mix
> that ate half a canister of raisins sometime between 7:30 AM and 4:30
> PM on Tuesday. He started with vomiting, diarrhea and shaking about
> 1AM on Wednesday but the owner didn't call my emergency service until
> 7AM.
> I had heard somewhere about raisins AND grapes causing acute Renal
> failure but hadn't seen any formal paper on the subject. We had her
> bring the dog in immediately. In the meantime, I called the ER service
> at MedVet, and the doctor there was like me - had heard something
> about it, but.... Anyway, we contacted the ASPCA National Animal
> Poison Control Center and they said to give I V fluids at 1 1/2 times
> maintainance and wat ch the kidney values for the next 48-72 hours.
> The dog's BUN (blood urea nitrogen level) was already at 32 (normal
> less than 27) and creatinine over 5 (1.9 is the high end of normal).
> Both are monitors of kidney function in the bloodstream. We placed an
> IV catheter and started the fluids. Rechecked the renal values at 5 PM
> and the BUN was over 40 and creatinine over 7 with no urine production
> after a liter of fluids. At that point I felt the dog was in acute
> renal failure and sent him on to MedVet for a urinary catheter to
> monitor urine output overnight as well as overnight care.
> He started vomiting again overnight at MedVet and his renal values
> have continued to incr ease daily. He produced urine when given lasix
> as a diuretic. He was on 3 different anti-vomiting medications and
> they still couldn't control his vomiting. Today his urine output
> decreased again, his BUN was over 120, his creatinine was at 10, his
> phosphorus was very elevated and his blood pressure, which had been
> staying around 150, skyrocketed to 220.. He continued to vomit and the
> owners elected to euthanize.
> This is a very sad case - great dog, great owners who had no idea
> raisins could be a toxin. Please alert everyone you know who has a dog
> of this very serious risk. Poison control said as few as 7 raisins or
> grapes could be toxic. Many people I know give their dogs grapes or
> raisins as treats including our ex-handler's. Any exposure should give
> rise to immediate concern.
> Even if you don't have a dog, you might have friends who do. This is
> worth passing on to them.
> ***Confirmation from Snopes about the above...
> Urban Legends Reference Pages: Raisins and Grapes Harmful to Dogs
>




ditto or even more so for cats. and of course they love em.

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Old 01-17-2008, 03:16 PM   #7
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Thanks for sharing that texasgirl. How sad the dog had to be put to sleep:( Dawn
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Old 01-17-2008, 05:38 PM   #8
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I knew about chocolate and have learned in the last several months about grapes, raisins, onions, and macadamia nuts, but I've never read anything about tomatoes. What do tomatoes do to them? I thought the thing I read about macadamia nuts was interesting. They can cause temporary paralysis. I read that the paralysis almost always lasts 24 hours or less and that there isn't usually permanent damage, but I still wouldn't want to take that chance.

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Old 01-17-2008, 05:45 PM   #9
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This is worth a look also certain house plants are toxic as well.
List Poisonous Foods for Pets
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Old 01-17-2008, 05:52 PM   #10
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I knew about chocolate and have learned in the last several months about grapes, raisins, onions, and macadamia nuts, but I've never read anything about tomatoes. What do tomatoes do to them? I thought the thing I read about macadamia nuts was interesting. They can cause temporary paralysis. I read that the paralysis almost always lasts 24 hours or less and that there isn't usually permanent damage, but I still wouldn't want to take that chance.

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I believe its the leaves and stems of Tomato Plants that is toxic
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