Att Dog lovers


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> 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.
> 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 th is. 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 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 increase 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...
4 May 2007
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Durban, ZA
Crikey our Dog eats raisins off the floor when the kids drop them.

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