Site Information

 Loading... Please wait...

Blog

A Surprising Food You Should Never Feed Your Dog

Posted by David Gray , DogDesires.com on

  

If your dog is anything like mine, it will eat anything that smells or looks tasty. My dog has a love for barbecued sausages but isn't picky - sandwiches, jam donuts, ice cream and toppings, whatever he can get his teeth into...

When I sometimes have my nephews over at the weekend, I like to serve them some ice cream with fruits as dessert. The problem is that one of these fruits is extremely toxic to dogs.

How this can cause problems is my nephews tend to prefer the ice cream to the fruit and could end up unloading the fruit into my dogs’ mouth.

Usually this wouldn’t be a problem but if you feed your dog this fruit it could be fatal. The point being is it’s an easy mistake to make that anyone could make and it’s important for you and all friends and family to be aware of this fruit.

Believe it or not that fruit is grapes, yes you read that correctly grapes are toxic to dogs - let me explain exactly why now.

Grapes and Their Effect on Your Dog

The problem is that even small amounts of grapes are toxic to dogs and can cause acute renal failure.

It's not exactly known why grapes are toxic to dogs. Researchers think the toxicity is in the flesh rather than the skin or seeds. So, peeling your pooches' grapes or buying seedless grapes won't help.

The issue came to the forefront in the late 1990's when the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) became aware of several otherwise healthy dogs suffering kidney failure after eating grapes (or raisins).

This piqued the ASPCA's interest and lead to a study that tracked the outcomes of 43 dogs who ate grapes and / or raisins. The study, Acute Renal Failure in Dogs After the Ingestion of Grapes or Raisins: A Retrospective Evaluation of 43 Dogs, was published in 2005 in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Now, to clear some things up. It wasn't just one or two grapes. These dogs ate an average of 496 grams of grapes with an intake range between 8 grams and nearly 900 grams.

The average weight of the dogs when they got sick was 25 kilograms. The weight range was between 8kg and 48kg.

Golden Labradors made up 30% of those 43 dogs although they only make up only one of 360 dogs breeds worldwide.

The average age of the 43 dogs was 4.0 years, but the dogs ranged between 6 months and 13 years.

All the dogs vomited. In decreasing order the other symptoms were lethargy (77% of dogs), anorexia (72% of dogs), diarrhoea (51% of dogs), reduced urine output (49% of dogs), abdominal pain (29% of dogs), ataxia (23% of dogs), and general weakness (19% of dogs).

Most dogs experienced multiple symptoms. Symptoms typically began 24 hours after eating the grapes.

What to Do If Your Dog Eats Grapes

Like humans, a dog's digestive system recoils against any toxic foods and tries to expel them. This explains the universal rate of vomiting and high rate of diarrhoea.

If you think your dog has just eaten grapes or raisins, the official advice is to get your dog to a veterinarian as quickly as possible. The veterinarian will induce vomiting, pump your dog’s stomach, and administer charcoal.

If no veterinarian is at hand, you can induce vomiting in your dog yourself. 5ml (or one teaspoon) of hydrogen peroxide for every 5 kilograms of your dog's body weight administered orally to your dog should induce vomiting. But ideally, it is a job for the veterinarian.

Often you won't become aware of the problem until your dog is vomiting or voiding their bowels. Grape residue in vomit and faecal matter is a tell-tale sign of poisoning.

If your dog isn't eating, is having difficulty urinating, is unusually lethargic, these are all symptoms to be aware of.

If you suspect a problem - get your dog to the veterinarian, they can run biochemistry tests quickly which will help determine what the problem is.

When dogs eat grapes, the outcomes can be catastrophic. Only 53% of the 43 dogs survived in that study. Some of those dogs were so sick they had to be euthanized.

Grapes are one fruit you should never feed you dog.

Outcomes for Dogs After Eating Grapes

Of those 43 dogs in the research sample, 15 made a complete recovery. That's good news for them and their owners.

20 of the dogs died after eating grapes.

That leaves 8 dogs who did not make a full recovery, suffering ongoing kidney issues.

A dog that suffers a particularly adverse reaction to eating grapes may be required to have ongoing hemo-dialysis until the kidneys recover.

Some dogs may need a kidney transplant to survive.

What's My Advice?

We've talked about what to do after your dog has eaten grapes.

Pro-activity is far preferable to reactivity and the best possible solution is to keep grapes away from your dog.

If you have guests around your table, as I often do, and a dog that likes to scrounge snacks, make sure your guests know what they can and cannot feed him/her.

It's not just grapes, lots of tasty lunchtime foods like avocado and tiramisu can makes dogs very sick. For a more complete list of foods you shouldn’t feed your dog check out this article.

Just as you watch what small children eat and keep dangerous foodstuffs well out of reach, so too you should with your dog!

Author: David is a long time dog lover ever since he can remember. He has his own blog DogDesires where he writes and gives detailed advice and information to other dog owners.

Not Sure What to Name Your Puppy? We’re Here to Help!

Our friends at www.pupbox.com have come up with this great info graphic to help with the daunting task of naming your new puppy, they have even included an automatic puppy name generator.    You can find this tool towards the end of the article. Have fun!Not Sure What to Name Your Puppy? We’re Here to [...]

Read More »


​NATURAL SUN PROTECTION FOR YOUR PETS

NATURAL SUN PROTECTION FOR YOUR PETSWe are all concerned about the dangerous effects of the sun on our family, but have you ever thought, “what about my pet?”. Dogs and cats too, can suffer skin damage from excessive sun exposure. While every pet is an individual case, light skinned [...]

Read More »


3 Advanced Methods For Removing Cat And Dog Urine Odor In Record Time

Here is a great article from our friends at www.cleanuphome.com which is a website dedicated to helping people achieve a clean and well-organized living space. They always have some real good tips for a healthier lifestyle.It’s not pleasant when your pets pee on your carpet, clothes or hardwood floors, but it happens. After [...]

Read More »


IT ALL BEGAN WITH TOPSY

Yes, I’m one of those people who has a gorgeous black bag to carry one of my beloved Toy Poodles. A staff meeting here at BerkshireStyle wouldn’t be complete without Whisper. She sits quietly in her comfy little bag while I work on editorial calendars and strategize layout with my team.My love of dogs began [...]

Read More »


The Wait Command: How to Teach This Versatile Behavior and Why It’s More Useful Than Stay

This is such an important article on the benefits of the "wait" command.    This exercise helps train your dog's ability to focus and respond to your commands.    Great job by Sarah Seitz.    This is core information that every dog owner needs to practice. I still remember teaching my chocolate labrador the stay command [...]

Read More »


New York leads the way towards making Toxin Free toys for our children

Because their bodies are developing, children are the most vulnerable to harmful chemicals. Children are also more likely than adults to use a product in ways the manufacturer never [...]

Read More »


DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

The beautiful Berkshire Botanical Gardens will go to the dogs for a whole day Sunday, August 18 from 10AM to 4PM, when it celebrates the Dog Days of Summer.Dog lovers are invited to bring their favorite companions for a full day of activities. They can meet other dog lovers, tour the garden, sit for family [...]

Read More »


GUIDE TO KEEPING YOUR PETS SAFE AT HOME

Our friends at Teens4safety.com has put together this awesome resource.  Their mission is to spread safety resources that help people avoid disasters as well as make it a little safer out there for all of us (including our furry friends).According to the National Pet Owners Survey (2017-18), 68% of American households own a pet, which represents [...]

Read More »


One Dragonfly Can Eat 100s of Mosquitoes per Day: Keep These Plants in Your Yard to Attract Dragonflies!

Nature has its own way of handling “situations.” Unfortunately, people like playing gods, and they try to take control over natural processes. Let’s discuss mosquitoes.The pesky insects invade areas in early spring. All they need is warm weather and water. Everyone hates mosquitoes, and everyone ignores the fact that chemical-packed repellents aren’t the only solution. [...]

Read More »