With all the ways we work to prepare our dogs to be successful city dogs, make sure they're good ambassadors and well-cared for, one of the little known things is that several types of human food can be fatal for dogs. Sure our families like to slip the dogs a treat under the table at Thanksgiving or we might let our dogs pick up the scraps from the floor when we're cooking, but it was only recently that I learned things like grapes, raisins, and onions can be dangerous and deadly, even for large dogs. Over winter break we learned one of our SociaBulls members, Jax suffered acute renal failure and his vets expected him to die after eating some raisins he found outside. Here is his story and a reminder to watch for food our dogs might find during walks:
Jax is a fearful dog who is most comfortable with his family--the people he knows the best--and his greatest joy is running loose on the golf course we live on with some furry friends. Jax gets his regular walks in the morning and afternoon, plus at least 2 trips to the golf course: no scary people, noises or things and just free to run and roam. The minute we hit the course, off leash he goes and zoomies galore!
The problem is that golfers and others throw food and scraps on the course, and Jax will find it each and every time. If I see him snatch something I go to him and open his mouth and take it out, but there are times I'm too late or I don't see him doing it....and it was almost deadly this time.
Jax was not expected to make it. He was in acute renal failure. Pumping fluids, charcoal and he wasn't responding. He was barely producing urine for how much fluid was being pumped into and his BUN and Creatnine were at alarming levels and continuing to steadily rise. Day 2 in the afternoon they told me there was nothing more they could do, and he wasn't responding to treatment. I told them I wouldn't let my boy die in the hospital and asked to take him home. They didn't expect Jax would make it until the evening and when it happened it would happen quickly; he would within minutes drop into a coma.
The terror and fear I felt cannot be adequately expressed; Jax is my family, he is my best friend, and I can't imagine ever being without him. I've written this to let people know how fatal this can be. There are a number of sites listing what not to feed your dog, the one I will share is from WebMD and found here.