In the last article, we talked about apples along with pineapples as doggie treats.. The question as to whether dogs can eat grapes as a treat is a valid query. Since you now know that dogs can eat pineapples and apples, then you must be thinking that it’s time for grapes. So can dogs eat grapes as a treat? Unfortunately, the answer is no since grapes are bad for dogs due to the fruit being toxic to them. Technically dogs can eat grapes and raisins, but the toxic and harmful effects of the fruit make it deadly for the dogs.
Here is more info as to why grapes are poisonous to dogs:
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Why Grapes Are Bad For Dogs?
There has been much documentation of dogs having acute kidney failure and lack of urine production due to grapes. Every documentation of grapes being toxic to dogs is new since study about grape toxicity is just 25 years old. Grapes cause problems in a dog, but it is still unknown as to what is the substance that causes said problems. What is certain is that a certain number of illness and death in dogs are the result of eating grapes. All these incidents point to grapes being toxic to dogs. It takes 32 grams of grape per kilogram of the dog’s body weight to be toxic.
Can Dogs Eat Raisins?
Since raisins are a form of dried grapes and grapes are poisonous to dogs, then no. Raisins are not suitable treats to dogs as well. The reasons why dogs can’t eat raisins are the same reasons why they can’t eat grapes. The most unusual thing about the toxicity of raisins is that it affects only some particular dogs while it does not affect other dogs.
Also, raisins poisoning profoundly affects some dogs while some have a mild case of toxicity. The toxic is the likely culprit of raisin toxicity is mycotoxin which is a substance produced by fungus or molds. But to date researchers have still not pinpointed the exact cause of raisin poisoning in dogs.
Another thing is that raisin is more toxic than grapes. The dried characteristics of raisin mean that the concentration of its substances is high. Raisins become toxic when there are 11-30 g/kg or 0.18 to 0.48 oz/lb in your dog’s body.
If My Dogs Eat Grapes or Raisins What Will Happen?
When dogs eat grape is a bad thing since we know that grapes along with raisins are poisonous to it. But what happens if your pet accidentally eats a grape or raisin? Well thankfully the toxins don’t affect your dog immediately, but there are signs of the toxins. Below are list of symptoms that will alert you if your dog being affected by grape toxicity:
Diarrhea and vomiting – These two symptoms are the most common signs of grape poisoning. Should these symptoms happen, try to check if there are grapes and raisins in the dog’s stool or vomit. If there are grapes or raisins, then your pet is suffering from the toxins. Note that other problems may be causing diarrhea and vomiting. The presence of grapes or raisins is a sure sign that the toxins of the fruit are affecting your dog.
Oliguria and Anuria – Oliguria is a condition in a dog that causes the dog to produce little amount of urine. Anuria, on the other hand, is a condition in a dog that causes the complete cessation of urine. In other words, a dog with Oliguria pees a little while Anuria makes the dog not pee at all. Both symptoms are the result of the dog’s kidney failure due to grapes and raisins. Anuria is the most dangerous and lethal of the two since it will force the dog to have hemodialysis. Hemodialysis can help your dog until its kidneys resume normal functions.
Lethargy and weakness – If your dog can’t run play or exercise, tires quickly and slowly moves even when moving around as if it is tired then your dog may have been poisoned. Take note that I said “may” since something else could be causing lethargy and weakness in your pet. Still, these symptoms ought to tell you that there is something wrong with your pet. However, don’t mistake lethargy and weakness as a sure sign of grape and raisin toxicity. Your pet might just be lacking energy due to inadequate diet or lack of rest.
Tremors and seizures – Tremors are not necessarily signs of grape or raisin poisoning. For all, we know your dog is under high stress, anxious or is afraid. Seizures or convulsions, on the other hand, are not normal and is a warning that your dog is sick. Seizures, unlike tremors, are abnormal and uncontrolled surges, and it happens even when your dog is asleep. Tremors are involuntary muscle movement that occurs in the dog’s body when it is aware and awake to its surroundings. Of the two symptoms, seizures is not a good sign, but tremors that are increasing in frequency are not regular anymore.
Dehydration – Water is essential to any living being whether its human, plant or animal. Dogs require a proper intake of water to maintain their health. A dog’s body is made up of 80 percent water and aids in dissolving natural as well as unnatural substances, circulation, waste removal and digestion. Dehydration is not easily detected, but there are signs of it such as sunken eyes, depression, lethargy, dry mouth and loss of appetite then.
Not all dogs will show the symptoms of grape or raisin poisoning at once. Dogs can have grapes or raisins without you knowing it. In small amounts, the fruit’s toxins will have little effect and are eventually flushed out of the body. But if the dog continues to ingest the fruit the symptoms will eventually show up. Dog breeds that have a tendency to kidney disease are easily susceptible to grape and raisin toxicity.
Remember these symptoms it doesn’t mean the dogs eat raisins or grapes, and it is suffering from poisoning. Your dog could be suffering from parvovirus, distemper, heart disease, hypoglycemia or any other sickness. Nevertheless, the symptoms will alert you if something is wrong with your dog’s health.
5 Tips on How to give Immediate Treatment to Dogs That Eat Grapes or Raisins
So your pet managed to eat grapes and raisins regardless of your efforts. Then you have to act fast to deal with the problem. Sometimes dogs eat grapes and raisins without their owner knowing about it. Quick and immediate treatment must be done to mitigate the inevitable poisoning due grapes or raisins. Here a few useful tips to give your immediate treatment after ingesting grapes or raisins:
Induce vomiting in your dog – If you are sure that your pet ingested raisins and grapes during the last two hours you will need to induce your dog to vomit. Vomiting will force out all the fruit’s toxins before the dog’s body absorbs them. However do not cause vomiting if your dog is in severe distress, unconscious, has trouble breathing, in shock or you not sure of what it ate. There is no need to induce vomiting if your dog has already done it.
Call your veterinarian – This is an almost necessary action after the first part. As a vet, he/she know what to do to the problem than you so do not hesitate to call him/her. Be sure to give your vet the dog’s vital details like how much it weighs and the number of grapes or raisins that the dog ingested. On a side note, you can call your vet first before trying to induce vomiting in your dog.
Gastric lavage – This treatment is where the vet washes out the dog’s stomach, and then administers activated charcoal to absorb any toxins that remain in the stomach. Vomiting can clear up the grape toxins, but some of it may be left behind. Gastric lavage, on the other hand, will flush out all the toxins completely and effectively.
Intravenous fluid therapy – The vet uses this treatment to flush out any toxins that entered the dog’s bloodstream. At the same time, this treatment stimulates the dog’s kidney to keep producing urine. The kidney will need those fluids since it no longer functions properly due to Oliguria affecting it.
Giving medications – To reduce your dog’s vomiting and maintain the kidneys function, your vet will have to administer certain medicines to stabilize your pet. Your vet will also monitor the kidney’s function along with bloodwork rechecks to see if your pet is recovering.
Should you manage to administer immediate treatment to your dog, you will not face the bigger problems later. For some dogs, their kidney’s functions have failed to the point that they do not produce urine anymore. The dog is given hemodialysis to as means of life support until its kidneys recover from grape or raisin poisoning. Total failure of the kidneys will need a kidney organ transplant for the dog. However, in most cases, the only option left, and practical choice is to euthanize the dog to end its suffering.
Raisins and grapes are deadly to dogs, so it is necessary to deal with the problem immediately. Dealing quickly with the problem ensures that your dog suffers little from poisoning. Such a move also prevents fatalities.
Ways on How to Prevent Dogs from Eating Grapes or Raisins
I cannot stress enough the urgency of keeping grapes and raisins away from your pet. You know what grapes and raisins can do to your dog’s body. Keep the fruit away from your pet and here are some advice on doing it:
- Do not offer grapes or raisins as treats no matter how tasty the grapes or raisins are for your dog. A little grape or raisin will not affect your dog immediately, but do not let your pet get used to eating them. The same goes for using grapes and raisins as training reward treats.
- Keep any grape or raisin products away from your dog’s reach. Use a high shelf to store any grape or raisin products in any remote place that has no chance of your pet reaching it. You can also hide the grapes and raisins from your dog.
- Check if the meal or food you’re using has grape or raisin ingredients in it. If there are grapes or raisin in that meal or food, then do not serve it to your pet. Don’t bother removing all the grapes or raisins from the food since their substances are still on it. Avoid giving such food to your dog just to be on the safe side.
- Dispose of any kitchen waste in containers as soon as possible especially if you disposed of grapes and raisins in it. Your dog might be the type who likes to poke around the trash can, and he might decide to eat the grapes and raisins he finds. Dogs eat grapes and raisins wherever the find them. It should also be obvious that poking and eating from a garbage container are not healthy things for your dog.
- Avoid giving your pet grape-related products. Some examples are homemade biscuits with raisins, cereal with raisins, grape jelly, grapefruit popsicles, grape juice, wine and any other alcoholic beverages. Some of these grape-related products have sugar content on them which will make the dog’s health worse.
- Use other fruits as safe alternatives to treats or snacks for your dog. Try using fruits like pears, pineapple, apples, blueberries, watermelon, raspberries, strawberries and bananas. The listed fruits are safe and nutritious to eat. Avoid fruits with substances that are toxic to dogs. Some fruits like plums and peaches are not toxic, only their pits. Stone fruits like mangoes and apricots are good for your dog, though you may need to cut up the fruits.
If you’re still wondering if dogs can have grapes or raisins as treats then, the information above will tell you that are grapes not healthy to your dog. If another dog owner asks the question “can dogs eat grapes” you can answer him or her with confidence. So don’t It’s quite a shame that dogs cannot eat grapes since they are a very delicious fruit that everyone can enjoy. But worry not there fruits out there that are healthy and safe for your pet. It is OK that your pet won’t have any grapes to eat. After all, your pet’s well-being is more important.