In Eastbourne, United Kingdom, Peaches the parrot accidentally poisoned her canine house mates by mimicking the owner’s voice, calling the three dogs over by name and then feeding them grapes. The African Grey graciously shared her snacks last week with the Maltese pooches Boris and Cassidy and a Shih Tzu and Pug mix named Gus when no one was home.
According to the Eastbourne Herald, when the pets’ owner returned home and found her dogs in distress, she noticed the grapes were missing. Knowing the fruit contains a substance that can cause acute renal failure in dogs, she rushed the three dogs to Portland Vets in East Grinstead. There the dogs were immediately treated with activated charcoal to prevent absorption into the dogs’ stomach and intestines and treated them with intravenous fluids to flush their systems. Fortunately Boris, Cassidy and Gus are expected to make a full recovery. Quick action taken by the owner is what saved the lives of the dogs.
As for Peaches, her owner Helen Finch, says her bird has the run of the house and flies wherever she wants. Looking forward to the future however, there will no longer be any grapes left in the house.
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(Photo of parrot screenshot via Eastbourne Herald)