Can Dogs Eat Grapes?

Guest Article by Peter Laskay | Pet Care Blogger | Petworshiper 

Grapes - Can Dogs Eat Them?    

People love grapes and raisins. And dogs want to taste everything people eat. Some may think that these delicacies may also be appropriate treats for dogs. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

In this article, I followed up on this topic. You can find out what the possible side effects and symptoms are and what to do if something goes wrong. At the end of the article, I will list some alternatives to grapes. Let’s start!

 Bunch of green grapes

So what about grapes and dogs?

There are human foods that are forbidden to give to dogs. Grapes are one such example. The same goes for anything made from grapes. Raisins (dried grapes) grape juice or wine. The latter also contains alcohol, which makes it even more dangerous.

The toxic dose varies from dog to dog. There are canines who survive grape eating without any symptoms. And others can get into serious trouble because of a few grapes.

There have been plenty of attempts to investigate why this fruit is harmful to dogs. However, nothing has been found so far. The herbicides and pesticides in it and the grape seed were examined. None of them were found to be toxic.

If your dog has ever eaten grapes and hasn’t been in trouble, you’re both very lucky. However, it is very important for me to mention that this does not mean anything like "immunity". In any case, avoid getting your puppies near grapes.

 

GSD sniffing a bunch of grapes  

Symptoms of grape poisoning in dogs

As I wrote earlier, how dogs react to grapes varies greatly. However, I have collected the symptoms observed so far.

Short-term symptoms include abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. This is when a dog's body tries to get rid of toxic substances with these reactions. The symptoms may be accompanied by low energy levels and loss of appetite. These usually occur within six hours of consuming the grapes.

Unfortunately, many times after this, the condition of the dogs does not improve but continues to deteriorate. Signs of kidney failure may also appear. This will happen within 24 hours.

Renal failure is a very serious disease. Symptoms may include that the dog drinking more than usual or having urinating problems. He may then continue to vomit even further and become dehydrated. Signs of dehydration include heavy panting, trouble breathing, dry mouth and nose, and light gums.

If the puppy drinks a lot but barely urinates, serious kidney damage can be inferred from it. Without any medical intervention or treatment, the dogs may even pass away after this.

Of course, this is only the worst option. But I definitely had to mention it. You need to see that it is worth taking the problem seriously.

Knowing these possible side effects, I can say that under no circumstances should grapes, raisins, or foods containing them be given to dogs.

 

Black and white puppy in a fruit bowl


What to do if your dog ate grapes?

If your dog has eaten grapes in front of your eyes, call your veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center immediately. It’s harder for you if you haven’t seen it all. This is because the symptoms of grape poisoning are similar to other toxicity.

Of course, in case of other diseases, you also should call your vet. However, the possibility of grape poisoning should be ruled out or confirmed. Observe if there were grapes available for your dog nearby. If so, tell the doctor on the phone.

If your dog has eaten a few grapes, you still need to hurry to avoid more serious health problems. This is true even if he is showing no sign of poisoning. It is not worth waiting for the symptoms to appear.

Your veterinarian will probably induce vomiting and give him fresh water. This can help with hydration. In addition, activated charcoal and various intravenous fluids are usually administered in such cases.

If the serious life-threatening situation is gone, it is still worth keeping your dog at the vet for at least 72 hours. The blood chemistry panels will be constantly monitored during this time.

Labradoodle holding a raw carrot in their mouth


Are there any recommendations instead of grapes?

Definitely yes! Dogs need vitamins, minerals, and fiber. The following fruits and vegetables are not only possible but worth consuming for dogs:

• Apples

• Apricots

• Asparagus

• Bananas

• Blueberries

• Broccoli

• Carrots

• Green beans

• Peas

• Pumpkin

• Raspberries

• Spinach

• Watermelon

Of course, the list is not exhaustive. However, if you give these to your puppy, you are more likely to provide him with a healthy lifestyle.

 

Dachshund Puppy


Summary

I really hope I don’t have to stress again how dangerous grapes are to dogs. Be very careful to keep them away from your canines at all costs. If trouble does happen, don’t delay in action. Your puppy's life can depend on this!

 

Article by Peter Laskay | Pet Care Blogger | Petworshiper

My Mission Is To Help People Take Care Of Their Pets In The Best Way They Can.

 

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