This was posted in the ASPCA News Alert On July 15 2004
FORBIDDEN FRUIT: GRAPES AND RAISINS CAN BE TOXIC TO DOGS
Based on recent data, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) continues to caution canine caretakers that raisins
and grapes may be toxic to some dogs. From April 2003 to April 2004, the Center managed 140 related cases, each involving
one or more dogs who ingested varying amounts of raisins or grapes.
Take the case of two-year-old Penny, Sarah Wright’s Australian shepherd/Saint Bernard mix. Earlier this year, Penny
ate approximately a cup of raisins. "She vomited later that same day," recalls Sarah. "I took her in to be evaluated by our
local veterinarian, who felt that she was simply experiencing stomach upset, as the clinic was not aware of the potential
for toxicity with raisin ingestion." But a few days later, when Penny didn’t improve, the veterinarian ran blood tests
and found that she had developed acute renal failure. Despite efforts to save Penny, she passed away. "I want to share this
unfortunate loss, so that other dog owners can be educated and avoid having their dogs go through what Penny did," Sarah says.
Much is yet to be discovered about the toxic principle in grapes and raisins. It is also not clear if only some canines
are susceptible, or if chronic, long-term ingestion can lead to the same effects. "As there are still many unknowns," says
the APCC’s Dana Farbman, CVT, "we advise not giving grapes or raisins to pets in any amount."