Jul 19, 2007
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PLEASE READ FOR OWNERS OF DOGS OR FRIENDS OF DOG OWNERS. VERY IMPORTANT
Subject: Fw: Dog Owners Poison Alert
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This week I had the first case in history of raisin toxicity ever seeen 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 onWednesday 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 atMedVet, 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
that point I felt the dog was in acute renal failure and sent him on
toMedVet for a urinary catheter to monitor urine output overnight as well as
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 can be
toxic. Many people I know give their dogs grapes or raisins as treats,
including our ex-handlers. Any exposure should give rise to immediate
Laurinda Morris, DVM
Danville Veterinary Clinic
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Lawton, OK, USA
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