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We have had a house full of company for the past week. At one point we had nine extra sleeping in our house of whom 5 were under the age of 10. Shadow and Jesse did really well with all the children, no problems at all. Jesse still doesn't like my daughter and he did head butt her.

But, yesterday, as everyone was packing up to leave, my DDIL noticed that one of the dogs had diarrhea and had vomited all over my bedroom. I thought it was Shadow as he has had some digestive problems so I gave him a dose of his medicine. Jesse, though, would not eat his dinner except for a tentative bite of it. He then threw up all over his bed. All last night he was hot, his nose was parched and he seemed dehydrated. We watched him all night long. This morning he bounded up and demanded breakfast and seems back to himself except for a bit of mucus and grass mixture (on my couch so I know its him as Shadow won't jump up there). In the laundry I found the remains of some sort of dried fruit, either raisins, cranberries or blueberries. I think it probably got dropped on the floor at the breakfast table and he ate it. So my conclusion is that the dried fruit made him really, really sick.

I'll have to make really sure, in the future, to watch for spilled dried fruit from cereal, especially when so many little ones are here who don't have complete control over where their food lands. Just wanted to give all of you a heads up to watch for this sort of thing. Never entered my mind to police the breakfast table!
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Glad he's feeling better. You do know raisins can be toxic to dogs, right?

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Leslie, I do know that and have always been careful not to give my little guys anything like that. But somehow he got one or another small, dried fruit. Of course, it had gone through the laundry so I was unable to tell for sure if it was a raisin but it very well could have been. We have all sorts of cereal with dried fruits in it. There wasn't a big cereal spill but I really think one of the children dropped something on the floor or, perhaps, even tried to give him something from the table.
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I did not know raisins are bad???
I did think while reading the post that he ate something on the floor that someone spilled.
After we eat something around here I run my shark to clean up the crumbs because I try to make sure that Harry doesn't get anything in his stomach which could upset it and turn on the diarreha.
Glad he's better now.

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I do know how difficult it is to watch everything when children are around. Even though my grandchildren have been taught to be careful to not let Tori get any food they may drop, it still happens. Thankfully, Tori is picky and won't always eat what drops.

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Sam~ Here's a list of some human foods that are toxic to dogs:

1. Onions (Both onions and garlic contain the toxic ingredient Thiosulphate. But onions are more of a danger. Many dog biscuits contain *small* amounts of garlic – garlic contains less of this toxin so huge amounts would need to be consumed to be toxic. And, by the way, this poison builds up the system – it can be toxic in one large dose – or with repeated consumption of small amounts.)
2. Chocolate (Chocolate contains Theobromine, a compound that is a cardiac stimulant and a diuretic. This can be fatal to dogs.)
3. Grapes (Grapes are dangerous because of an unknown substance which is toxic to dogs – affects canine’s kidneys)
4. Raisins (See above.)
5. Most Fruit Pits and Seeds (Contain Cyanogenic Glycosides resulting in cyanide poisoning – though the fruit itself is OK.)
6. Macadamia Nuts (Macadamia nuts contain an unknown substance that is toxic to dogs.)
7. Bones that have been cooked. Raw meaty bones are fine.
8. Potato Peelings and Green Potatoes (Contain Oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.)
9. Rhubarb leaves (See above.)
10. Broccoli (Broccoli is only toxic in large quantities.)
11. Green parts of Tomatoes or Green Potatoes (Contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.)
12. Yeast Dough (Yeast Dough can produce gas and swell in your pet’s stomach – leading to rupture of the digestive system)
13. Coffee, Coffee Grounds, Tea, Soft Drinks (Coffee, tea, & most soft drinks are dangerous due to the caffeine.)
14. Beer/Wine/Alcohol of any kind (Alcohol of any kind could lead to coma or even death.)
15. Human Vitamins (Human vitamins, especially those containing iron, can cause damage to the lining of the digestive system as well as cause kidney and liver damage)
16. Moldy or Spoiled Food (I think this goes without saying.)
17. Persimmons (Persimmons can cause intestinal blockage)
18. Raw Eggs and Raw Fish (Raw eggs and some raw fish can cause Salmonella poisoning.)
19. Salt, Baking Soda, Baking Powder (In large amounts these can cause an electrolyte imbalance – and severe electrolyte imbalances can lead to muscle spasm or even congestive heart failure.)
20. Mushrooms (Mushrooms may contain toxins which could cause liver and kidney damage)
21. Sugar-Free Foods (Sugar-free foods containing Xylitol have been found to cause liver failure in some dogs.)
22. Nutmeg (Nutmeg can cause tremors, seizures, and central nervous system damage.)
23. Excessive Fatty Foods (Excess fatty foods can cause Pancreatitis.)
24. Avocado (All parts of the avocado and avocado tree are toxic to dogs.)
25. Diary Products (Dairy products don’t usually pose a great danger; but many dairy product have high fat content (see number 23) – and many pets are lactose intolerant – some pets more than others. Lactose intolerance leads to gas and diarrhea; though small amounts of yogurt and cheese are usually fairly well tolerated.)

Here's a link to a page that includes food and plants that are toxic.

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Wow, I am glad I keep Harry in his crate during mealtimes and he doesn't come out until I run the shark sweeper on the floor
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Leslie, that is a great list!!!! maybe that could be posted seperately so it stays at the top of the new theads--- would that be a sticky.

Chere, it is also possible that shadow was just stressed out from the comings and goings of so many people. And he did not gobble up anything dangerous. I do give my guys a dried cranberry or blueberry from time to time... I figure it is full of antixoidents. Glad things are back to normal




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Thanks for the comprehensive list of foods to avoid; I did know about most of them but hadn't thought of yeast dough (never tempted to give it as a treat though). Thanks for your good wishes; all seems better now. Both dogs have energy and are greeting me at the door with loud sounds of welcome. But it was scary to see him throw up as much as he did and I am sure there was more outside before I realized what was happening. He slept right next to DH last night so we could monitor him. I kept waking up and checking on him. Of course, these things always seem to happen after the vet has closed for the weekend!
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