Can Dogs Eat Grapes? This Vineyard Victual Should Never Be Fido's Favorite

Posted by Erin McDade
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Can dogs eat grapes? The answer is NO, and here's why.

Fruit-loving dog owners may wonder if their dogs can eat grapes. However, grapes are toxic to dogs and can even cause acute kidney failure. If your dog eats grapes, call the pet poison helpline or your veterinarian immediately (within the first hours of ingestion) whether they have ingested a small or large amount of grapes, raisins, or grape juice. Your vet will do blood work, possibly intravenous fluids, and other treatment from there.

Are Grapes Bad For Dogs?

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Grapes and raisins are known to be highly toxic to dogs, though research has yet to determine which component of the fruit causes this reaction. Researchers have looked into whether pesticides, fungi, or other factors are to blame for these problems, but no single culprit has been identified. As a result, peeled or seedless grapes and grape juice should be avoided as well.

Ingestion of grapes or raisins in dogs might result in renal damage and even kidney failure. Consuming the fruit could result in acute (sudden) renal failure. If you notice changes in your dog's urination, this might signal a problem with your dog's kidneys, especially if they've consumed grapes recently. Because there is no known safe dosage, you should not feed grapes or raisins to your dog at all. The consequences of grape/raisin toxicity are dose-dependent, which means that larger dogs with higher body weight may not be impacted by ingesting modest amounts of the fruit, but little dog breeds suffer greatly. Pet owners should be on the lookout for the signs and symptoms of grape toxicity in their dogs.

Signs And Symptoms Of Grape Toxicity:

  • Pale gums, panting, dry nose/mouth
  • Increased thirst and/or urine production
  • Kidney damage
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy, sluggishness, and a strange stillness
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Abdominal Pain

Treatment

If it has been less than two hours since the grapes were had, the DVM will induce vomiting right away. Once the stomach is emptied, activated charcoal will be given to bind the toxins and inhibit absorption, minimizing any further kidney injury. Urinalysis and blood testing may be ordered to check kidney function and any damage. If your dog develops acute renal failure, they will begin fluid therapy.

The prognosis might be dire if the kidneys are involved, although many dogs have recovered after eating grapes and obtaining prompt medical attention. The main thing to remember is that grapes in any form are toxic to dogs and should be avoided at all costs. If you suspect your dog ingested grapes or is exhibiting grape/raisin toxicity symptoms, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435) right away.

Prevention

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The greatest preventative approach is to keep grapes and raisins away from your dog at all times. Many of the detrimental effects of grape or raisin intake can be avoided if your dog is treated promptly. If your dog ate grapes or raisins, immediate care is required. The grape or raisin has the potential to induce renal failure and liver damage.

It is advised to avoid feeding grapes and raisins to dogs until further information about the harmful ingredient is available. Seek veterinarian assistance right away if your dog is showing any symptoms of grape poisoning, having trouble breathing, showing signs of distress, is unconscious, or you are unsure what he has eaten. Sticking to your dog's usual dog food is usually a better idea than feeding him people food anyway, but grapes are definitely a human food you want to avoid.

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