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  • WARNING: Dog Owners

WARNING: DOG OWNERS:

My friend Doug Budd sent me this:

"Hmmm..... if grapes and raisins can cause this, just think what
beer and pretzels could do... I mean, besides make a dog lay on the
couch and watch sports."

I did some research, and apparently this has been floating around
the internet since 2004, but it's the first I've seen of it--so I
thought I'd pass it along:

I looked on Snopes and found it's true.
http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/raisins.asp

(The following article is written by a veterinarian)

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 IV fluids at 1 ½
times maintenance and watch 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 the 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.

Laurinda Morris, DVM
Danville Veterinary Clinic
Danville , Ohio

Enjoy your dog,
-Adam.
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Thanks for sharing the article!:)

The real problem with the grapes and raisins is the seeds of the grape-they are toxic! I've known this for a few years and tell all of my clients about it!

It must be more than the seed that is toxic as most raisens are made from seedless grapes, and I think most people probably lean more toward seedless grapes, too.

I personally know a Basenji that died from raisin toxicity. It is definitely a real, and serious concern.

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