Sunday, February 7, 2010

Health Alert: Grapes/Raisins

Written by:
Laurinda Morris, DVM
Danville Veterinary Clinic
Danville , OH
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 1 AM on Wednesday but the owner didn't call my emergency service until 7 AM. 
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 - 1/2 times maintenance and watch the kidney values for the next 48-72 hours.
He started vomiting again overnight at MedVet and his renal values 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. Onions, chocolate, cocoa, avocadoes and macadamia nuts can be fatal, too.

Even if you don't have a dog, you might have friends or neighbors who do. This is worth passing on to them.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Volunteers: You can support and promote our PetPals by purchasing one of several items of merchandise available now from your friends at PetPals! The following items are ready for you to enjoy:

Short-sleeved T-shirt $10.00
Long-sleeved T-shirt $12.00

Sweatshirt $15.00
Hoodie Sweatshirt $25.00

Small bag $6.00
Large, zipper bag $12.00
Backpack $8.00

Volunteers, this is a great way to provide recognition when visiting! Please consider a t-shirt or sweatshirt for wearing when you are "on the job" and a PetPals bag is really handy for bringing your supplies along!

Monday, February 1, 2010

2010 Recognition Banquet

Despite the fresh snow, tonight was the annual banquet for PetPals. We had a nice presentation by Linda Nebbe, an update from the Humane Society group, enjoyed a wonderful spread of food, loads of donated door prizes and good times/laughs together!
Andrea, Kelly, Lisa and Dawn...the Youth Shelter crew!