More on the grape/raisin toxicity myth

by admin on January 7, 2014

Following are testimonials from dog owners whose dogs ate what should have been a fatal quantity of raisins and did not die or even get seriously ill.  If you have a similar story to tell, please email me and I will add it.  I think it would be helpful to others who find themselves in like circumstances.  When making a decision such as whether or not to seek veterinary intervention, it is best to be fully informed, especially when there are risks both ways.
Dear Nora,
I read with interest your article on dogs and grapes/raisins. I would like to say thank you for writing it as there are seemingly only 2 articles on the internet which really question the ‘link’ between dogs and raisins. Your description of the dog that ate the grapes was so similar to my own that I thought I would write and tell you of our story. I spent a sleepless night reading everything about raisin toxicity and could not find any clear description of the progression of symptoms which led me to believe that it may not be true!
On New Year’s Eve my 17kg dog stole and ate half a very large Christmas cake (including approximately 1lb / 500g mixed raisins and sultanas and lots of brandy, marzipan and icing). We were about an hour from the emergency vet down a snowy mountain so decided to wait it out at home. I had been told that raisins were toxic, and everything on the internet states any amount is toxic, so we spent a very sleepless night worrying about him. He vomited about an hour later (and my other 50kg dog rushed to eat one pile..) and had diarrhoea which started about 2 hours later. However he was moving around as normal, urinating fine and in the morning asked for some breakfast. He slept a lot but within about 24 hours he was back to his normal bouncy self.
His symptoms were no more than I would expect after a dog eating so much non-dog food. My other dog had no problems whatsoever. They are both raw fed which may have helped.
I am very glad I did not go to a vet as having his stomach pumped, being put on a drip and stuck in a cage without us would have made him so stressed it would have made him more sick. Also being stuck in a cage and unable to vomit and relieve himself freely would have increased his illness. I gave him turmeric which may have helped but I feel that so many raisins would have killed him if they were definitely toxic.
On a side note after reading so many articles about raisins I remembered that years ago we stopped giving him grapes as he would always get a bad cough – this may actually have been caused by the sulphur dioxide on them….So I thought I would write to say thanks and to give our story in the hope that it may help others to make a calm and rational decision about their pet’s care.
Last night my son fed my pup (8 months) a whole bunch of grapes. I saw him feed the last one and asked him how many. He said a lot and all of them (admittedly I did not see them all get fed to the pup).  I had heard that grapes are dangerous so did the Google thing and started to freak out a bit with the results.  Fortunately I read a little deeper and came across your article on the subject. Having a BSc and thus a basic science background made me realize that what the article said made complete sense. So, I decided to wait and see. 24 hours later and I have a happy puppy with no symptoms of illness.  That was a whole bunch of grapes. Interesting since 2 or 3 could supposedly be lethal for the dogs weight.
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