I'm currently across the country with my husband visiting my parents for 2 weeks. Red is staying with some friends with 2 huskies of their own. She managed to get through the first week without getting into trouble. But this girl is a food ninja and got into some trail mix last night which contained raisins (highly toxic to dogs).
Thank god my friend caught this early and rushed Red to the ER Vet where they induced vomiting and retrieved 21 raisins. They did a kidney panel and her #'s are good and she looks to be in stable condition. But based on what the doc told me over the phone about this type of food poisoning, I decided to go with the aggressive route of monitoring her in the ER for 48 hrs before discharge.
Through the 8 years with this ball of crazy, this is the first time she's ingested raisins. I already knew they were toxic to dogs but that was all that I knew. The vet had informed me that they still don't know much about what it is that's actually in grapes that are toxic to dogs and there's been a lot more research into this in the last year. Raisins are more toxic than grapes because they're more concentrated (since the moisture is dehydrated out). He also mentioned that although he was informed by my friends that she ingested about 2 tbsp of trail mix and that he retrieved 21 raisins, he couldn't be 100% certain that they got every single raisin out of her system. That part freaked me out especially, so hence the 48 hr stay at the ER.
Just wanted to let you all know about the raisin toxicity level in comparison to grape toxicity level in case you didn't know. I always thought they were both equally toxic. Also once grapes are dried up into a raisin, you can't really even tell what size grape it was to begin with since those concord grapes are generally pretty large.
I'm certain Red is pretty upset with having to stay at the ER instead of the comfort of her own bed or our bed. But she still managed to give us heart palpitations across the country. I miss her, I'm pissed at her and I'm also relieved that she's probably going to be ok. For the first time ever, my husband actually said, "She's my baby" in reference to Red
. I swear, this girl needs to get a job cause even though we have pet insurance on her, it's still fairly restrictive on what they cover.