We hear the question often: Can Dogs Eat Grapes? The answer is a big NO. Grapes (including raisins) are extremely toxic to dogs and should be avoided at all costs.
Grapes can be so toxic to dogs that even a single grape can be enough to cause serious side effects like vomiting, stomach pain, nausea, weakness, and more. In higher dosages, grapes and raisins can cause more severe side effects like kidney failure and even death.
Therefore, if your dog has eaten grapes, it’s essential to seek medical assistance from your veterinarian or nearby emergency animal clinic as soon as possible.
Why Are Grapes Bad For Dogs?
Though the harmful effects of grapes and raisins are well documented, the reason for their toxic effect is not yet understood. Researchers have investigated whether pesticides, or possibly a type of fungus may be leading to these issues. No single cause has yet been determined.
Therefore, any exposure to grapes or raisins should be handled with extreme care and prompt action, especially since there’s no antidote.
What Happens If A Dog Eats Grapes?
The toxic effects of grapes and raisins can cause a wide range of symptoms. The most serious can be complete kidney failure. Once the kidneys shut down, your dog will be unable to produce urine, and the dog’s blood pressure will skyrocket.
Unfortunately, this combination of symptoms can cause your dog to slip into a coma. And once your dog has reached this state, there is often very little a veterinarian can do to bring your dog back to full health.
That said, not all dogs that consume grapes will suffer severe consequences. In fact, some dogs can handle a small dosage of grapes without suffering any consequences at all. But like humans, dogs can have various food sensitivities. So how your dog reacts to a substance can differ significantly compared to another dog—even if they are the same age and breed.
Symptoms of Grape Poisoning In Dogs
The effects of grape poisoning include several serious side effects, some of which are listed below:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Increased thirst
- Increased urine production
- Decreased urine production
- Kidney failure
Many symptoms, such as vomiting and lethargy, will present themselves within 24 hours of ingestion. More severe symptoms may not appear until 24-48 hours after ingestion when your dog’s kidneys have already started to shut down.
Needless to say, grapes and dogs don’t mix! Even if you suspect your dog of consuming grapes or raisins, you should seek medical assistance for your dog immediately.
What To Do If Your Dog Eats Grapes
If your dog ate grapes, it’s essential to seek medical assistance from your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Remember, even a small number of grapes (1-2) can cause serious harm. So even if your dog isn’t exhibiting any of the above symptoms, it’s still best to call your veterinarian or to take your dog to the nearest emergency animal clinic for treatment.
When calling your vet, be prepared to induce vomiting, which can help remove many of the toxins. However, avoid inducing vomiting if your dog is exhibiting signs of distress, struggling to breathe or having trouble staying awake. In either case, heed the advice of your veterinarian.
Can Dogs Eat Grapes as Treats?
Absolutely not, and always make sure to take extra precautions so your dog never has access to grapes. For example, it’s essential to teach children about the foods they can and can’t use for a dog treat. Many children assume that feeding grapes to dogs are safe since it’s safe for them.
Additionally, friends and family who visit may not know grapes are toxic to dogs. So it’s best to keep an eye on your dog at social gatherings and events where finger food is readily available.
Safe Treats for Your Dog
If you’re looking for safe, nutritious, and healthy treats for training or rewarding your best friend, look no further than Lucy Pet Foods.
Our healthy and natural dog treats are made with real ingredients grown right here in California. They’re also contain no corn, wheat, soy or any grains.
What’s more, our healthy dog treats contain no artificial flavors or colors and are naturally preserved—so you can rest assured that your dog is only consuming the most nourishing, premium ingredients possible.
Our Lucy Pet Hip to Be Square Dog Treats™ are also made with real meat as the first ingredient and are perfect for dogs of all breeds and life stages. They even break easily for small breeds!
Salmon & Pumpkin Dog Treats.
Lucy Pet’s Hip to Be Square™ Salmon and Pumpkin semi-moist, natural treats contain premium salmon as the first ingredient.
This dog treat formula also includes delicious pumpkin, a nutritional powerhouse featuring tons of fiber that aids in healthy digestion. Finally, our Salmon and Pumpkin dog treat is a grain-free, limited ingredient formula. So it’s perfect for dogs with food sensitivities!
Duck & Pumpkin Dog Treats
Lucy Pet’s Hip to Be Square™ Duck and Pumpkin are semi-moist, meaty dog treats made with real duck as the first ingredient. Then we add delicious pumpkin to the mix to boost your dog’s fiber intake. This is essential for promoting gut and digestive health.
Like all of our other dog treats, our Duck and Pumpkin treats feature a grain-free, limited ingredient formula, making them perfect for dogs with food sensitivities.
Chicken & Pumpkin Dog Treats
Lucy Pet’s Hip to Be Square™ Chicken & Pumpkin semi-moist, chewy dog treats are made with real chicken as the first ingredient. We also add delicious, fiber-boosting pumpkin to the mix to give this treat a unique flavor edge and to aid in healthy digestion.
And of course, this limited ingredient dog treat formula is also 100% grain-free and ideal for dogs with food sensitivities!
Treat Your Dog With Lucy Pet!
Be it our Hip to Be Square™ dog treats or our Formulas for Life™ dog foods, our approach is the same. We believe your dog deserves the very best. Which is why we only use real, natural, premium ingredients in all of our dog food products.
What’s more, all of our dog food products are designed to promote an optimal balance in your dog’s digestive tract. This can be so vital to improving your dog’s immune system.
Finally, our dog foods are perfect for all dogs, regardless of age or breed, and are made right here in the USA!
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