Skip to comments.My dog loved them, but BEWARE!!
Posted on 07/26/2005 10:38:04 PM PDT by djf
Just thought I'd share with Freepers a warning.
A few years back, I was able to get ahold of a whole bunch of CA valley wine grapes. I sat in the kitchen, and the mutt, of course who always gets a bit of what I'm eating tried one.
He loved it! So over the next few minutes or so, I ate a couple cups worth, and he must have had twenty or thirty.
Sadly, the hound will have to forego any more grapes. He didn't even get sick, but I find out on the tv tonight grapes and raisins are HIGHLY TOXIC to dogs, and there have been deaths from it.
Who knows? Maybe there is a way a dog can acquire immunity, because Max never suffered any ill effects.
So any hound lovers out there, be careful.
One time I shared my large box of raisins with my Sheltie and it cleaned him out really good... but no death or anything like that.
I heard a rumor that chocolate was toxic for dogs too. Never heard of the grape thing.
Thanks for the warning. I am always reading about foods that are "toxic" to dogs, you know, things mine eat all of the time with no problem! :-) But still, better to know.
Chocolate is toxic to dogs and cats, not a rumor.
The warning appears to be legitimate.
One time, I walked out of the room for a minute, and my poodle polished off my Poppycock.
our dogs keep eating the figs and peaches falling off the trees right now. Only thing that happens to them is it gives them gas. Somehow, the dogs don't really seem to care, though.
Mine does tend to like his veggies. He loves peas and corn.
Won't touch rhubarb or onions. I guess onions are also another thing that are pretty bad for dogs.
My wife says Salami is bad for dogs and also chocolate...
Frankly I think all cats should be fed chocolate. IMHO
The trick is to ferment the grapes first and then feed them to him that way.
He'll enjoy them a lot more, too.
Semi sweet chocolate chips made my Sheltie very sick. He was a real chocoholic and got the odd M&M or two, but he got in a grocery bag and found the dark chips. The dark chocolate is MUCH worse than milk.
I had a long haired chihuahua/Pom mix who ate M&M's every day of his life. Lived to be almost 19. Go figure.
No chocolate is probably best, but that dark kind is the worst.
Never knew about grapes and raisins. Good to know for future reference. Thanks!
Pffft. Cats and dogs are both wonderful creatures.
Hey my dad gave my late dog beer LOL!
My cousin had a corgi/hound mix who was a true party hound. He loved to go around, after parties, and finish all the drinks. That dog was hysterical when he was drunk! We took his pic amid a pile of party debris and wine bottles. A real character-lived a long time too!
When I was a kid, my Lab absolutely loved marshmallows.
Everyone needs a good bender once in a while!!
My dogs, George and Kramer, chewed the cover off an old Springsteen album, then they peed on the record. They had no ill effects. (Not from the album cover; from all the treats I gave them.)
Also, sighthounds are extremely sensitive to hops and can be poisoned by them.
[hops are the plant used to brew beer]
The miserable things grow wild here and it's a constant battle to eradciate them.
He was a true N'Awlins dog. She resuced him from a veritable lynch mob in her complex. Many a purebred dog owner was surprised by mongrel puppies, and Mac was a marked dog. His wild ways were well established and, c'mon, we have parties for everything here! He was a true bon-vivant!
I went to a dog show and the handlers were giving the show dogs M&M's . My Maltese won't eat unless he has a couple of them broken up in his dish! :-0
I saw a dog trying to eat cotton candy once. He couldn't chew it, and couldn't swallow it, but he tried like hell! Finally got it all over his face and I guess partly dissolved it by drinking water and licking his chops. It was hilarious!
OMG that too funny LOLOLOL!!
My dad used to do is get one of empty beer can allow the dog drink out of it while he pour it LOL!
My dog loved marshmellows also.
My German Shorthaired Pointer used to jump up and eat the pears off the tree in the backyard. He'd gain about 15 lbs each summer. He had a 16 lb fatty tumor removed two years ago. He's 13 now and can hardly walk. He was more addicted to pears than I am to Free Republic. Well, close anyway.
LOL! :-) Would love to have seen that.
Doug my parents late dogs used to chew the albums cover of Barbara Streiend this happen long time ago when I was a baby my mom wasn't amused
DAMN DOGS LOL!
I was careful, but OMG, he loved em.
Guess many dogs do. :-)
Max will eat blackberries right off the vine, proving that Canus is a close cousin to Ursus.
I've been told repeatedly that chicken bones are a no-no and that chocolate is toxic to dogs. But I've fed both to my dogs over the years with no problem. The dog I have now has been with me for almost four years now, and he gets all the chicken bones he wants and sometimes a hersey bar to boot. Silly wives tales are hard to die I guess.....Ps. His favorites are KingDons cupcakes and chips ahoy cookies !!
It only counts if they also pee on the Streisand album.
We had a dog (another Lab) that used to walk thru the strawberry patch every morning. He would eat only the ripe ones. It was hilarious. We never had any strawberries from our patch but it was worth it to watch the dog harvest them every morning. :-)
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Onions are another danger to both dogs and cats, as they contain a toxic ingredient called thiosulphate. In large doses, or when highly concentrated (like in onion soup for example) they can cause Heinz body anemia. Onions in small doses should not propose a problem, but in larger doses can cause the oxygen-carrying red blood cells to acquire a structural defect called Heinz bodies. The body deems these blood cells as non-functioning, and rejects them, causing Heinz body anemia. This is a deficiency in oxygen-carrying red blood cells. As a result your pet will experience breathlessness, and the red pigment from the rejected blood cells will become present in your pets urine. Garlic can have the same effect, but requires much larger doses to be considered toxic.
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The toxic compound is unknown but the affect of macadamia nuts is to cause locomotory difficulties. This means muscle weakness. Symptoms are generally swollen limbs and general weakness. But large doses, macadamia nuts can cause skeletal tremors and even hindquarter paralysis. The effect can occur from ingesting the nuts, or macadamia butter. This is known as a toxin only to dogs.
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Essentially unheard of prior to 2001, raisin and grape toxicity has become increasingly recognized as a real danger to pets. Although previously deemed as harmless treats, research has determined grapes and raisins have been linked to kidney failure in both dogs and cats. The toxic substance in grapes and raisins is unknown, as is the amount required to produce toxicity. Since 1989, the ASPCA has documented many cases of raisin and grape toxicity, and more recently (2001) it has been officially recognized as a toxin to animals. Studies of documented cases show estimated amounts of grapes or raisins eaten ranged from nine ounces to two pounds, with symptoms occurring within approximately 6 hours of ingestion. Symptoms include vomiting, loss of appetite, sluggishness, and abdominal pain. Testing found elevated blood calcium levels, as well as elevated levels of blood urea nitrogen, creatinine and phosphorous all substances that affect kidney function. The result is the development of acute renal (kidney) failure, within as little as 3 days of ingestion.
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A Final Note
Of course, these are not the only toxic substances found in the household fertilizers, cleaning agents, detergents, moth balls, vitamins, diet pills and most types of medication are extremely hazardous to pets. It is common sense that these items are properly stored out of reach of your pets and your kids! For more information on chemical dangers, including substances like ice melt, gorilla glue and other such harmful household products, check out our chemical dangers article.
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Wait... Let me get this straight, Dogs can eat their own piss & poop but not choc/grapes? LOL! That sucks.
I've heard the chicken bone thing over and over.
Never even phased my mutt, he goes right thru them.
The only thing I'm a bit cautious about is sometimes when you get pork chops, they can have some razor sharp bones. I just break off the point and let him have at em.
Doug yeah that trueeee LOLOLOL! rack ittt
Does count on Springteen album now it was Barbara Forget it LOL!
I see my parents dogs know their music LOL!
The avocado????? My shepherd's been eating those things for YEARS!!!
Raw chicken bones will not hurt a dog. Its not the chocolate its the caffein in it. If no caffein then no problem. Cooked chicken bones are not digestible. A splintered leg bone can pierce a gut and kill your dog. These are FACTS.
My dog likes potatoes best. Come to think of it, so does my cat. But, my cat prefers hers cooked.
How is salami bad for chocolate? :)
Oh, my. All my dogs have eaten from our avocado tree.
This is the first dog to do that...and she has THE nicest coat. I always attributed the avocado to it...
She's NOW taken to going to the orange tree if she can't find a tennis ball and taking an orange off to play with, then eat....
Our Springer has a sweet tooth. I can't hide Hershey Minatures or Junior Mints in my office desk any more. The kids see the dog setting in front of my desk and immediately know where my "supply" is hidden. He is also very fond of popcorn, grapes and Rainer cherries. One of my favorites past-times is watching him bob for ice cubes in his water bowl.
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