Oatmeal might be ingredients in your homemade dog food or might even be a treat you offer your best friend when oatmeal cookies are made. As the evenings in Eugene, Oregon cool, baking ideas begin to swirl in your head when you come up with oatmeal cookies as a treat you decide to make.
It is when you include raisins in your recipe that your canine friend should not partake in your oatmeal cookie concoction. Some dogs do just fine with a raisin or two, however if your dog is not one that tolerates grapes or raisins some serious health problems could occur.
The result of a dog not doing well with raisins can result in kidney ailments and even death. The symptoms of grave difficulties might begin with lack of appetite followed by not eating at all. The dog will limit or not drink water, have diarrhea, vomit and become lethargic. Because of the body mass of the canine, it does not take long for terminal circumstances to be present. The symptoms can appear hours after eating raisins to a couple of days.
Avoiding raisins and grapes should be done so none of the symptoms can be attributed to that fruit. If you have fed your dog raisins it is mandatory to get your best friend to a vet as soon as possible when any or all of the mentioned symptoms are seen. Immediate veterinary attention can save your dogs life.
There are extenuating circumstances that you cannot bring your dog to the vet, which demand quick action on your part to work at home. Some home remedies are only given in dire emergencies when a vet is not available for treatment for your dog and should not be used to replace professional care.
1. Induce vomiting
2. To induce vomiting trained veterinarians recommend a two fold treatment of hydrogen peroxide. One teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight. Closely guess if you are not sure of the dog’s weight.
3. If the dog does not vomit in 10 minutes,administer the hydrogen as stated above once more, however only do two treatments.
4. Activated charcoal will delay absorption of the toxin of the raisins in the stomach. Local pharmacies and pet stores carry activated charcoal in capsule form. Administer according to directions.