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Can dogs eat grapes? They may look safe but grapes (and raisins) are some of the most dangerous foods out there for dogs. Eating even one could have devastating consequences for their health.
Can Dogs Eat Grapes?
No. Grapes are highly toxic to dogs and can cause sudden acute kidney failure. Raisins are equally as poisonous, if not more so, due to the increased concentration of nutrients caused by drying the fruit.
Can a single grape make a dog sick?
Yes. Even one grape can make a dog sick no matter their size, age and overall health. Eating just one grape, however, may produce less severe symptoms of grape toxicity than eating several. The more grapes a dog has eaten relative to their body weight, the more danger they are in.
My Dog Ate a Grape! What should I do?
Consult your vet immediately. Dogs who have eaten grapes may not show symptoms right away, so even if your dog seems fine, they may be in trouble. Your vet may recommend that you induce vomiting at home or urge you to visit an emergency facility where they are likely to do blood work or administer intravenous fluids.
If your dog is vomiting, has severe diarrhea or is otherwise acting out of character, it’s essential to get them to a vet immediately. With grape poisoning, time is of the essence.
What Are the Symptoms of Grape Poisoning in Dogs?
Symptoms of grape poisoning include:
- Lethargy or weakness
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Abdominal pain
- Dehydration, including symptoms like heavy panting, a dry nose and mouth, pale gums, and trouble breathing
- Changes in urination
- Kidney failure
You may also notice behavioral changes that can include refusing food or hiding, whining, or otherwise acting out of character.
How Soon After Eating Grapes Can a Dog Get Sick?
Symptoms may occur immediately or develop over a period of hours. If you know your dog has ingested a grape or raisin – even just one or two – it’s important to contact your vet immediately, even if your dog has no obvious symptoms. Quick treatment is your dog’s best chance at avoiding long-term damage and death.
Can Grapes Kill Dogs?
Yes. Kidney damage is the most serious complication of eating grapes. Without immediate treatment, it can lead not just to a lifetime of health complications but death, potentially within days.
More Resources for Grape Poisoning
Find out more about grape toxicity and how to get your dog the help they need if they eat grapes or raisins.
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center