I received an email warning this morning in my inbox from a good friend who loves to pass on warnings about dangerous things that might affect my three little dogs. Knowing that I have grandkids that live with me and that my little dogs figure anything that hits the floor in the way of food is a ground score, she thought that I might like to be aware of the following: Grapes and raisins can be very toxic to dogs. I thought this was crazy. A little grape is going to hurt my precious little pups? But with a little research this is what I found and it is very scary indeed. Many pet owners have been using raisins as a training treat, and some have used them as a "healthy" snack alternative for their dogs without knowing the risk that they are putting their precious pets in.
First off they don't even know what toxin it is that can make your animal so sick. It is thought to be due to an unknown compound in the "fleshy" part of the grape so they have figured out that there have been no problems associated with grape seed extract.
About The Author: Debra Frick is a mother of 5 and a grandmother to 8 grandsons and one granddaughter. She is a published author and poetress. Recycling and saving money are her passions. She also loves crocheting and cooking. She is also a pet rescue volunteer and has many pets of her own.
Dog Friendly (No Raisin's) Oat Meal Cookie Recipe: A friend of mine was caring for her Grandchildren, at her house one day. She gave each child a little box of raisins to enjoy. The kids started flipping her dog raisins to catch in the air. Before days end, her precious little dog died. Like you, all of us were very shocked to find out raisins were the culprit. Worried that our dog would find dropped raisins from oatmeal cookies on the floor, or possibly be given a oatmeal cookie by someone unknowingly.
I created a new dog friendly recipe for oatmeal cookies assuring this wouldn't happen again. Use your favorite Oat Meal Cookie recipe, without the raisin option. Instead of raisins, I place 5 fresh blueberries on each cookie before baking. Bake the cookies as you would oat meal raisin cookies. To assure blueberries are safe for dogs, I researched on the internet. Guess what, we now like Blueberry Oatmeal cookies even better then Oatmeal Raisin cookies. Thank you for your post as that was outstanding advise!
Yup they sure are toxic! I've know that for years. My dogs are like my children and you bet I've done my research. Imagine my horror when I found out an older gentlemen friend of ours was feeding his Chihuahua and Chihuahua/Yorkie X M&M's for treats! I don't think he's doing it anymore, but don't know how long he's been doing it which scares me for them :(
I have very dear friends who lost their dog due to kidney failure, when the dog had eaten grapes.
Thanks for the info!! I've heard pork is also bad for dogs. Is this true? just incase we stopped feeding our dogs pork. What else is bad for them besides grapes, rasins, chocolate?
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