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She ate grapes this morning she threw up a little while ago and she is staggering in her walking

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Grapes are highly toxic to dogs, and the symptoms your Shih Tzu is exhibiting, such as vomiting and staggering, are consistent with grape toxicity. Grapes and raisins can cause acute kidney failure in dogs, and the exact toxic mechanism is not fully understood. Even a small amount can be very dangerous, depending on the dog's size and sensitivity.

Ensure your dog has access to plenty of fresh water. Do not force her to eat or drink if she is vomiting or seems disoriented. Keep her in a quiet, safe space where she cannot injure herself if she is unsteady on her feet.

Be on the lookout for additional symptoms that could indicate worsening condition, such as increased lethargy, decreased urination, or any changes in behavior. If you notice these or any other concerning signs, it's imperative to seek immediate veterinary care.

Intravenous fluids may be necessary to support kidney function and prevent dehydration. Blood work will likely be needed to assess the extent of the kidney damage and to monitor the dog's condition.

Since she's already showing symptoms, I recommend taking her to the hospital as soon as possible.

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