02 Mar Grapes And Your Dog
You may have heard that grapes are toxic to dogs, and yes, we can confirm that grapes, raisins, and sultanas are all bad for your pooch. Whether they are black, red, or green, store-bought or home grown, fresh off the vine or days old, organic, or not; it doesn’t seem to matter.
Despite research attempts, the exact compound in grapes that is dangerous to dogs remains unknown. Some dogs seem to be able to eat grapes and not develop any complications. It is not known if this is because only certain dogs are sensitive to the toxin, or only some grapes contain the toxin in sufficient quantity to result in problems. There is however a definite link between grape ingestion and kidney injury in dogs, and there is no way of reliably predicting which dogs will become unwell after eating them. Whilst we have not personally handled any cases of cats becoming unwell after eating grapes, there are anecdotal reports of this.
For that very reason, we recommend to never feed grapes, raisins, or sultanas to your dog or cat. This also includes food items that may contain them such as hot cross buns, raisin toast, certain cakes/tarts/puddings/mince pies, some cereals/muesli and trail/snack bars. Dogs will often eat grapes that are dropped on the floor before owners are able to pick them up, so it is a good idea to not prepare or eat grapes around dogs.
If your dog or cat has eaten any grapes, raisins, or sultanas please contact the Animal Poisons Helpline on 1300 869 738 (AU) or 0800 869 738 (NZ) or your vet immediately, even if your pet looks well.
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