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Grape Toxicity - Not just a seasonal issue.

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by SusieRainbow, Dec 27, 2018.


  1. SusieRainbow

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    With thanks to Ceiling Kitty 27/12/18.



    With some toxins, the size of the dog is relevant. With raisins, grapes etc, as far as we know it is of no relevance - a 40kg+ dog could eat a few raisins and go into renal failure, a terrier could eat a whole mince pie and be fine.

    I think this thread can be summarised as such:

    1. Many dogs that consume raisins, grapes, sultanas etc will be fine, but:
    - the amount they ate will NOT tell you if they are going to be unwell;
    - the size of the dog will NOT tell you if they are going to be unwell.

    2. The 'wait and see' approach falls down because it takes up to 48-72 hours before you will see any signs, by which time the kidneys are extremely damaged and may not be saveable. A proactive approach to prevent renal damage in the first place - induce vomiting if the raisins were consumed within the past few hours, fluid therapy to protect the kidneys - has a higher chance of saving the dog.

    3. There is still a lot we don't know about this toxicity, and in general people who tell you 'it'll definitely be fine' just can't say that - unless they are privy to information not yet known to the VPIS. They are taking a guess, educated or otherwise, and many cases of course will be lucky enough not to suffer ill effects.

    This post is subject to updating as further information becomes available.
    As always, if you have any concerns about your pet's health please consult a veterinary surgeon.
     
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    Awesome, thank you!
    And thank you @Ceiling Kitty for writing that up :)
     
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  3. Rosemarie Crumpton

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    Yesterday my dog ate 3 mince pies she was bloated, she ate and drank ok. Last night she had a bit of diarrea, today she has a bit of a tummy ache she is also drinking a lot more tho should I be worried
     
  4. SusieRainbow

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    Yes, she needs to see a vet urgently.
    If you read the first post in this thread ( written by a vet ) you wil see that it's impossible to know which dogs are damaged by dried fruits (ie mincemeat) and which aren't. By the time symptoms appear, such as extreme thirst, vomiting, diarrhoea) kidney damage has probably occurred but giving IV fluids and checking blood levels can help.
    3 mince pies is a lot of dried fruit.
    So please get your dog seen as an emergency and let us know what happens.
     
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    Can you please update us?
     
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