A Dog's Diet – Can Dogs Eat Grapes?

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A Dog's Diet – Can Dogs Eat Grapes?

Many dog owners give their dogs little tastes of their own food and probably think this is perfectly fine. But many human foods can actually be harmful to dogs. So, can dogs eat grapes? And what would happen if they do? Let’s find out.

WHY ARE GRAPES BAD FOR DOGS?

Grapes (and raisins) have been found to be toxic to dogs. Test results have been inconclusive so the exact reason is still relatively unknown. Pesticides that are used on grapes, heavy metals and fungal contaminants have been ruled out as being the cause of the problem.

It makes no difference whether the grapes are bought from the supermarket or from an organic farm shop, the effects on your dog would be entirely the same.

It is also thought that as few as 7 grapes can be fatal to a dog but as with other poisonous foods, the smaller the dog, the fewer grapes they would have to eat for it to be a serious problem.

WHAT CAN HAPPEN IF MY DOG EATS GRAPES?

Although we don’t know the full reason why dogs can’t eat grapes, the outcome tends to be the same. The first signs of a problem will be vomiting and the end result is usually acute kidney failure. This means that your dog would not be able to pass urine and therefore would be unable to perform the essential task of filtering the toxins out of their system.

WHAT DO I DO IF MY DOG EATS GRAPES?

There are some steps you can follow if you suspect that your dog has eaten grapes or raisins. Firstly, you should try to induce vomiting if your dog hasn’t already vomited.

You should then administer activated charcoal (or this should be the first thing you do if your dog has already vomited). You can make your own activated coal by toasting a slice of bread until it’s totally charred and it crumbles easily.

You’ve now done what you can to to help your dog so you now you should visit your vet. He will probably put your dog on intravenous fluids and monitor his blood daily. If your dog’s blood returns to normal after 3 days, he should be fine.

Grapes and raisins are not the only foods that are harmful to dogs.


Source by Ozzy

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