a bit OT - SS15 fed my dog grapes!
My SS15 loves my dogs and is a very sweet kid - we get along very well. A bit flaky at times but he tries. In 5 years with his Dad I had no problems with him and my dogs (he knows we consider them part of our family). I caught him feeding my dog spaghetti one day and we both made it clear to never feed either dog anything unless he asks us first if it is OK as we occasionally give my pups table scraps.
Just the other night, one of my dogs tried to sneak a lick of guacamole when we were snacking on chips and SS15 said "avocados are bad for dogs -she can't have that, right?" I said YES, and so are grapes and raisins...they are toxic to dogs. then the VERY NEXT day DH caught SS15 feeding grapes to my dog!! DH induced vomiting then took my dog to the Emergency Vet. She is still there getting fluids and being monitored and will get a blood work recheck tonight to make sure her kidney values are fine.
I am very distraught but extremely furious with SS15. I don't understand how he can easily remember one food is toxic to dogs, then within 24 hours of being told about another food that is toxic, and forget what I just told him. I get that teens can be flaky, but not only was he told not to ever feed my dogs anything unless asking me first, but I just told him the previous day how grapes were dangerous to dogs.
I am so upset and scared thinking what the hell does it take to get it to sink in to this kids head NOT TO FEED MY DOGS ON HIS OWN, as well as remember what is dangerous for the dogs? I hope my dog will be OK but we cannot yet be certain. I told DH that I think he needs to visit my dog in hospital so his son can see the consequences of not listening or paying attention on something so important (he is 15 not 5!). He will see her with IVs in her paw and see the reality of the situation so hopefully it NEVER, EVER happens again. Any other advice from parents of teens to help get things like this to stick in a flaky teens head? If DH was not there I very well could have come to find my dog too late to help her.