Hamsters, the rodents belonging to the subfamily Cricetinae, have long been cherished as small pets suitable for children to keep.
And although hamsters can eat a variety of things, some foods are far better for them than others. As tiny creatures, they only need about 12 milligrams of food per day, so every morsel counts!
The easiest and safest approach for new owners feeding their hamster is to use a complete ready meal from a pet store. However, every now and then some human foods can work well as treats.
So, can hamsters eat grapes or other fruits? And which foods should be avoided? Newsweek asked the experts.
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Can Hamsters Eat Grapes?
Unlike cats, dogs or ferrets grapes are generally safe for hamsters, as there is no link between consumption and kidney damage.
PetParentsPro founder Dr. Sy Woon believes any owners wishing to give their pet a sweet treat should know a little piece of grape will be gratefully received—but only in moderation. With that being said, you should never feed your hamster whole grapes, as the high sugar content can cause diarrhea. Grapes with seeds should also be avoided as these can be a choking hazard.
Woon told Newsweek: “While grapes are not toxic to hamsters per se, due to the high sugar content they can cause some major gastrointestinal upset.
“If you are aware of this risk and wish to give it as an occasional treat, it would be safe to do so.”
Anna Ewers Clark, a who works in veterinary research and standards at U.K. pet charity Blue Cross agreed, telling Newsweek: “When giving your hamster a treat you’ll need to remember that your hamster is very small, so what seems like a tiny portion for a human is likely to be a huge feast for your hamster friend.” To find the correct serving, please consult your veterinarian.
She also warned about feeding hamsters too many treats or extras. “This can mean that your hamster won’t eat the correct amount of their hamster pellets, which can lead to nutrient imbalances, weight gain and health problems.”
What Fruits Can Hamsters Eat?
Hamsters are also well known for their love of other fruits, including apples, pears, strawberries and bananas. However, PetCo cautions that these should also be given “in moderation, as a supplement to the regular diet.”
Fruits should be washed before use as pesticides can pose a danger to your pet. Make sure to remove them if have not been consumed within 24 hours.
Clark said: “Check your hamster’s bed each day and remove any fresh food that hasn’t been eaten. Rotten or mouldy food can make your hamster very unwell.”
Citrus foods on the other hand, should be avoided as their acidity can cause dental and digestive problems.
Fruits to Give Your Hamster (as a Treat)
- Apples (only the inside)
Fruits to Avoid
- Apple (seeds and skin)
- Fruit pits
Which Other Foods Can Hamsters Eat?
Clark believes opting to feed your pet food designed for hamsters is the best way to ensure they get the nutrients they need.
“Your hamster’s diet should be a complete, hamster pellet which will provide all they need each day.”
She continued: “Fresh vegetables, for example a little sprig of broccoli or a small piece kale, can make great hamster treats. You can also feed them a tiny slice of fruit, such as apple, but remember these are often higher in sugar than vegetables.”
The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) also suggests an “ideal hamster diet” will include “small amounts of fresh fruit, vegetables or herbs.”
Hamsters are actually omnivores in the wild “which means they can eat fruit, vegetables, and animal products like meat (in the wild this would mostly be insects)”, Clark said.
Although vet designed pet foods contain protein, there is an easy a way to supplement their diet — eggs!
According to PetKeen, the eggs must be cooked though. Steer clear of giving your hamster raw egg whites as this can cause hair loss, skin problems and more. The quantity should be discussed with your veterinarian as this depends on the size of your hamster.
Clark said: “If you want to give your hamster some boiled egg, this should only be in small amounts as an occasional treat as it is high in calories for them.”
Hamster owners should avoid feeding their pets foods that are “very acidic (for example citrus fruits) or high in fat, sugar or salt,” she continued.
Find a complete list of foods hamsters can and can’t eat below.
Last updated: Jan 24 2022
Cats are obligate carnivores, and they need the taurine provided by meat because they cannot make it themselves. While there are several fruits and vegetables that your cat may enjoy and that are even beneficial to their overall health, are grapes safe for cats?
Most dog owners know the dangers of feeding grapes or raisins to dogs, but is it the same for felines? Can cats eat grapes? The answer is a firm no. Fruits have a vastly different way of being digested in cats and dogs than in humans, and grapes in particular can cause serious issues in cats when ingested. Animal experts are unsure of what exactly causes the toxic reaction to grapes in dogs and cats, but they are sure about the potentially harmful effects that they can cause.
In this article, we’ll take a deeper dive into why you should avoid giving your feline friend these seemingly innocent fruits.
Are Grapes Dangerous for Cats?
The harmful effects of grapes and raisins in dogs are well-documented, and it is for this reason that animal experts like the ASPCA advise against giving grapes to your cat too. Luckily, cats are not usually particularly interested in eating grapes, so you likely don’t need to hide your fruit bowl from them.
While there is no hard evidence that grapes can cause harm in cats, the literature on dogs and grapes is well known and conclusive, so the risk is too great to take a chance on. Where it gets even more confusing is that some dogs and cats can eat grapes and have no adverse reactions at all, while some may get severely sick within just a few hours after ingesting the fruit.
The main concern with cats (and dogs) ingesting grapes is kidney failure. The toxic substance found in grapes and raisins may lead to sudden kidney failure in some felines. The exact reason for this is still somewhat of a mystery, and scientists have not yet figured out exactly the substance inside grapes that is causing cats and dogs kidneys to react so severely. It appears as though the toxic substance is in the flesh of the fruit, though, so peeled grapes are still potentially dangerous.
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Are Grapes Toxic to Cats?
Because grapes have such varying degrees of reaction in dogs and cats and because the exact toxin responsible is yet to be found, it is difficult to establish a toxic dose. Some cats may be fine ingesting a few grapes, while others may not. Of course, poisoning is far more likely in higher doses, but every cat may react uniquely. This is why we recommend no grapes at all just to be safe, but if you find your cat halfway nibbling through a grape, there is likely no reason to worry.
Are There Any Particular Varieties to Look Out For?
We recommend avoiding all varieties of grapes, including seedless, commercial, homegrown, red, or green and of course, raisins. Grapeseed oil, wine, and even currants are all potentially harmful for your cat and should be avoided. We always advocate erring on the side of caution and avoid giving your cat anything that comes from or may contain grapes.
Symptoms of Grape Toxicity in Cats
You may do all that you can to stop your cat from eating grapes, but there is always a chance that these crafty animals may get their paws on a grape or raisin. If you suspect that your cat has ingested grapes, the first likely sign will be nausea and vomiting. Diarrhea is also a potential symptom, along with a lack of appetite, lethargy, excessive thirst, and the most worrying, lack of urination, but it may also manifest as excessive urination.
These are all possible symptoms of acute kidney failure and the gradual shutting down of the kidneys.
Grape Toxicity Treatment
If your cat is displaying any of these symptoms, they need to get to a vet as soon as possible. The earlier that they can be treated, the better their chance of a full recovery. Unfortunately, unless you are sure your cat ingested raisins, it can be difficult to diagnose kidney failure as caused by grapes. Kidney failure could have several other potential causes.
Your vet will likely try and induce vomiting, and they will assess if there are any leftover pieces of grapes or raisins in the vomit. This will also rid your cat of any more potential toxins. The only treatment is to block any further toxin absorption (by inducing vomiting) and try and minimize the damage to your cat’s kidneys. Vomiting is typically induced using activated charcoal, which helps the absorption of the toxins from your cat’s stomach.
If your cat has eaten a large number of grapes or some time has passed since ingestion, the toxicity levels may be too high and require more serious intervention. This could include intravenous fluids to help further flush out any toxins or even a blood transfusion.
Usually, if your cat only ate a few small grapes and were treated fairly soon, they will likely be perfectly fine. If, on the other hand, their treatment was delayed and they ate a large amount, there may be irreparable kidney damage that may prove fatal, as kidneys cannot regenerate or repair themselves.
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Other Foods to Avoid Giving Your Cat
For most cat-lovers, our cats are an integral part of our families, and it’s natural for us to want to “spoil” them with treats. But along with grapes, other common human foods can cause potentially harmful reactions in your feline, including but not limited to:
Onions and garlic. Both onions and garlic can cause anemia, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea in cats.
What Fruits Are Safe for Cats?
While most cats will simply not be interested in the sweetness of fruit, there are certain fruits that in moderation, can make for a healthy feline treat. These include:
Conclusion: Are Grapes Bad for Cats
While this may sound scary, the likelihood of your cat ingesting a fatal number of grapes is low, especially if you take the correct precautionary steps. Most cats will have little interest in eating a ripe grape off your fruit bowl. The main thing to avoid is purposely giving grapes to your cat, especially in a concentrated form like raisins, currents, or juices.
There are plenty of other healthy options of treats to give your feline friend, including fruit, so keeping grapes out of your cat’s diet is safe and will not leave them lacking in tasty treat options.
Grapes are a healthy and refreshing snack that definitely fall under the category of “can’t have just one.” From fruit salads to midnight snacks, grapes pop up on many occasions, so it’s important to know whether or not this food is safe around our pets. As much as we love grapes, lets see if we can share them with our cats.
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Can I feed my cat grapes?
If you find your cat nibbling on a grape that has rolled away from its bunch, don’t worry, there is no imminent danger. Grapes are not scientifically proven to be harmful to cats; however, it is advised that pet owners refrain from feeding grapes to their cats. Why, you ask? Because of dogs. That’s right, dogs.
The harmful effects of grapes
Grapes and raisins are a big no-no for dogs. If a dog accidentally ingests grapes or raisins it can cause sudden kidney failure or other gastrointestinal issues. Signs of toxicity include vomiting, lethargy and diarrhea. Although there is no concrete scientific evidence that grapes and raisins have the same toxic effect on cats, cat owners have reported similar reactions. In some cases, cats that ingested grapes were known to fall under gastrointestinal distress. Because of this, it is best to stay on the safe side and keep grapes and raisins away from our feline friends.
Can grapes ever benefit my cat?
Maybe you want to feed your cat fruits and vegetables to supplement his diet with added nutrients. That’s all well and fine, but a cat’s regular diet of store-bought cat food will provide him with all the nutrition he needs. Unless your veterinarian says otherwise or your cat has specific dietary needs, there is no need to add extra foods to his meals, including fruits and vegetables. If you would still like to, choose foods that are known to be safe and stay away from the grapes.
What should I do if my cat eats a grape?
Maybe you’ve fed grapes to your cat in the past and didn’t see any negative side effects. If so, that’s great! This should absolutely not be a regular occurrence, however. Because the toxicity of grapes in cats is so unclear, it’s always best to keep your pet away from any potential harm, even if they’ve been lucky in the past.
If your cat accidentally ingests a grape, watch for signs of distress like lethargy, vomiting or diarrhea. Most symptoms will likely appear within the first 12 hours after ingestion. If your cat starts acting strange or suddenly loses his appetite, he could be having a toxic reaction. Contact your veterinarian immediately for further guidance and continue to monitor your cat for signs of distress for up to 24 hours.
Although there is no current scientific evidence that grapes are toxic to cats, this fruit is known to cause severe harm to dogs including acute kidney failure. Because many foods that are harmful for dogs can also harm cats, it is important to keep grapes away from your kitty. If your cat does accidentally eat a grape, watch for signs of gastrointestinal distress like diarrhea or vomiting and be sure to contact your veterinarian. Grapes are a sweet treat for us humans but let’s be sure to keep them away from our furry friends!
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Grapes are commonly known as a potentially toxic human foods for dogs. But does that apply to cats? Can cats eat grapes? Is it safe to feed them? Grapes are not appealing to cats. Chances are, they won’t seek them out unless you offer them to them because they trust you. However, if a cat is picky about their snacks, maybe it’s best to listen to them.
This article is here to answer your questions regarding cats eating grapes. Read below and find out!
Can Cats Eat Grapes?
According to the MSD Manual, raisins and grapes can cause kidney failure in some dogs. Technically, grape toxicity in cats has yet to be determined due to lack of research. However, the alarming toxicity of grapes in dogs is enough anecdotal evidence for you to simply avoid giving grapes or raisins to cats.
Signs of Grape Toxicosis in Pets
Signs of grape toxicosis have not been documented in cats. However, it is very likely that some of the signs documented for dogs may be similar for cats. It is important to familiarize yourself with the toxicity of grapes in dogs in order to understand why it is not worth the risk for cats to eat grapes.
Signs of toxicosis from eating grapes in dogs include:
- loss of appetite
- increased thirst
- stomach pain
- kidney failure (within three days)
In certain cases, the kidneys shut down and stop producing urine. Some dogs that reach this point don’t survive. Hence, it is no surprise why pet parents of felines are so hesitant to give raisins and grapes to their cats. They are already far too dangerous to dogs.
Kidney Disease in Cats
One of the biggest concerns about giving grapes to pets is the side effects on their kidneys. Kidney disease in pets and specifically, cats is extremely severe. Below are a few symptoms of kidney disease in cats:
- low energy
- loss of appetite
- extreme thirst
- weight loss
- frequent urination
- thinning fur
- mouth ulcers
What to Do if your Cat Eats Grapes
Remember that cats do not actively seek out grapes. Unless you try feeding them, they won’t eat them. However, in some rare cases, curious felines may steal a grape or two from our bowl without you noticing. If you suspect that your cat ate grapes, call your veterinarian immediately. Do not wait for any signs before contacting the vet.
We often feed our pets a variety of human food as snacks or treats – and most of the time this is fine. It is important to weigh the risks and dangers regardless of their nutritional value. Grapes are not recommended. Do not feed any grapes to your cat. If you accidentally feed them any grapes, call your vet right away and prevent the development of kidney disease. Meanwhile, consider other human food options to give to your feline baby such as bananas.
If you witnessed or strongly suspect your pet ingested grapes, raisins, or Zante currants, this is considered an “ORANGE” – or urgent case – on our Fast Track Triage system. We recommend calling ASPCA Animal Poison Control at 888-426-4435 for help determining if your pet consumed a toxic amount and for guidance on what to do next. If veterinary care is advised, call your family veterinarian or local animal emergency hospital ahead of your arrival.
Grapes and raisins are a lesser-known toxin to dog and cat owners, but one that every pet owner should be aware of! This toxicity can be even more dangerous than chocolate! Grapes and raisins can lead to kidney damage or even life-threatening kidney failure.
Often, owners don’t realize grapes and raisins are toxic and feed them to their pets. Other times, mischievous pets get into a bowl of grapes on the counter, a box of raisins in a Halloween candy stash, trail mix, a freshly made fruitcake, or even a wine spill.
So, what do pet owners need to know? Here are some answers to the most common questions about grape and raisin toxicity.
Are grapes and raisins toxic to cats?
While the majority of toxicity cases are with dogs, there have been reports of cats showing grape and raisin toxicity signs. These are less common because cats don’t typically indulge in grapes or raisins.
Why are grapes and raisins toxic to pets?
No one knows yet what specific part of the grape is toxic or how the toxicity even occurs. We suspect that the toxic effect is due to the pet’s inability to metabolize:
1: Certain parts of the grape, such as tannins.
2: Toxins or pesticides that may be present on the grape’s skin.
3: Chemicals within the fruit that cause kidney damage.
Dogs should not eat any part of a grape, raisin, or drink juices containing grapes (including wine).
What happens when my pet eats grapes or raisins?
Not every dog and cat is affected, but when a grape toxicity does occur, it can be very severe and life-threatening.
What do I do if I suspect my dog or cat ate grapes or raisins?
We recommend IMMEDIATE veterinary treatment for any dog or cat that ate (or is suspected of eating) grapes or raisins. We often have owners bring in multiple pets because they don’t know who the culprit is. DO NOT wait for visible symptoms or signs. Every second counts when it comes to treating grapes/raisins toxicity.
What will the veterinarian do to treat my pet?
The first step in treatment is decontamination. If your pet was caught early enough, it’s very important to get the grapes or raisins out of your pet’s gastrointestinal tract. Your family veterinarian or ER veterinarian will induce vomiting using a medication called apomorphine.
The next step commonly involves giving oral charcoal medication to help bind to any remaining substances in the GI tract. This medication is obtained by a veterinarian and is not available over-the-counter.
3: Blood Work
Baseline blood work is obtained to evaluate what the kidney values are at the time of ingestion.
Hospitalization is typically recommended for 48 hours for IV fluids to help increase the production of urine and protect the kidneys. During hospitalization, blood work is checked frequently to monitor the kidneys for up to 72 hours post ingestion. If kidney damage does occur, it can be very severe and life-threatening. If there are no signs of kidney damage after 2-3 days of being hospitalized, many dogs can do well!
Can I give my pet hydrogen peroxide at home?
We DO NOT recommend giving hydrogen peroxide at home to induce vomiting. This can often cause severe oral or stomach ulcerations.
With grape and raisin toxicity, prevention is worth a pound of cure. Ensure your pet never has access to grapes and raisins, and don’t feed them as treats. If you suspect your pet ate grapes, raisins, or any other toxic item, contact your family veterinarian or local veterinary emergency hospital right away. Every second counts! The sooner you bring your pet in, the better chance of survival and recovery.
My cat ate a raisin and threw up. What should I do now?”. Check out this article and find the answer to that question.
While cats seem to be more or less picky eaters, they still like to sample virtually everything that within reach including snacks of their owners. Unfortunately, the habit causes a lot of troubles to pet owners as certain human snacks are toxic to cats and raisin is one of them. Once raisin enters the system of your fluffy friend, it could lead to diarrhea, vomiting, kidney failures and so on. That is why it’s of utmost importance that you never give some raisins to your cat as a treat. “My cat ate a raisin. Should I take him/her to the vet?” is a common question asked by a lot of first-time owners.
In the case you cat recently consumed raisins and started experiencing great discomfort, this article got essential information for you. Down below, you would be provided with overviews about the effects of raisin on cats along with proper solutions if your pet has raisin poisoning. Overall, most cats rarely attempt to go after raisins on their own initiative so raisin poisoning in cats is uncommon. That being said, if it does take place, the “my cat ate a raisin” issue requires decisive and immediate responses.
Important Note: Keep on reading only if your cat is in a somewhat stable condition. In the case, your pet throws up constantly without sighs of relief, get it to a veterinary clinic at once.
Raisin: Why It’s Not Good For The Average Cats
Generally speaking, there are significant differences between cats and humans when it comes to biology. So it’s unsurprising that the digestive system of your adorable feline could not accept specific types of human foods. In the case of raisin, cats receive no benefits from them as their nutritional needs are mostly met through meats. Unlike omnivores and herbivores, being carnivores means that cats have to obtain much need vitamins and amino acids by eating the flesh of other animals. At best, giving your pet raisins as well as fruits in general only introduces empty calories to the cat body. At worst, organs failures might occur all of the sudden.
What Raisins Have In Them That Give Cats Troubles
Despite the fact that raisin poisoning in cats is widely accepted to be a real threat, people have substantial difficulty understanding the mechanism behind it. Many researchers assume that fresh grapes contain a chemical that causes kidney failures in cats. As raisins are essentially dried grapes, the concentration of that particular chemical is higher and the effects are obviously stronger. In order to get rid of the substances and minimize their damage, the body of your cat would utilize diarrhea and vomiting with limited successes. However, such methods tend to lead straight to dehydration and also devastate the health of your pet in the process.
A List Of Notable Symptoms Of Raisin Poisoning In Cats
Laboratory studies show that certain cats are able to gobble up raisins and walk away without any problem at all. As a result, observation is the best way to decide whether your pet is suffering from raisin poisoning or not. Keep in mind that the symptoms could take several days to manifest so pet owners that are dealing with the “My cat ate a raisin” issue must pay close attention. In the case you want to be on the safe side and don’t like to take risks, just schedule an examination with the vet.
- Loss of appetite
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- Muscle weakness and shakiness
- Sudden changes in daily behaviors
- Excessive drinking and frequent urination
Once you detect these signs after your cat consumes raisins then it’s likely that your car has raisin poisoning. Wait for no further and proceed to get your pet to the vet for appropriate treatments. The earlier your cat receive well-organized treatments for raisin poisoning, the greater the chance of making a full recovery.
How To Take Care Of Raisin Poisoning On Your Own
In the case that you manage to catch your cat while it’s munching raisins, there is something you could do to remediate the situation. Since you need to get the raisins out of the body of your pet as soon as possible, you must force it to vomit immediately. In order to do that, give you cat several teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide with each teaspoon equal 10 pounds of weight. For example, if the weight of your cat is 20 pounds or so, he/she is going to need around 2 teaspoons. With a bit of luck and patient, your fluffy friend should throw up within 10 – 15 minutes and there go the raisins.
Give your cat another dose of hydrogen peroxide if it refuses to vomit but that would also be the limit. It’s generally unwise to administer hydrogen peroxide more than two times so if the second dose doesn’t do the trick, leave your cat in the hand of vets. There is a good chance that they would resort to other ways to induce vomiting in your pet like activated charcoal to solve raisin poisoning. Intravenous fluids could also be used to tackle the toxic.
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Preventing You Cat From Consuming Unhealthy Substances: Tips And Tricks
At this point, you should know how to react when it comes to the “my cat ate a raisin” issue. Now let’s see if you could prevent it from happening in the first place.
Safely store your foods/drinks
Keep raisins, dairy products, alcohols and so on in the fridge so your pet can’t access them by itself. In addition to that, make sure that family members know what they could and could not give to your cat.
Put together a balanced diet
Cats that receive enough nutrients are less likely to eat foods dropped on the floor. For most of the time, such a habit also discourages your cat from consuming raisins.
Stay firm and be strict
Occasionally, cats beg their owners so they could have a taste of the foods that their caretakers like so much. Once that takes place, make sure not to give in and never ever hand out some raisin to your cat.
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You’re likely familiar with the fact that grapes and dogs do not get along. While the exact cause of canine grape toxicity remains unknown and it appears that not every dog is susceptible to illness, the message from experts is crystal clear: It’s not safe to feed dogs grapes. But what about cats? Can your feline friend safely eat grapes? The answers might surprise you.
Are Grapes Safe for Cats to Eat?
In this case, it pays to pay attention to Fido-both grapes and raisins are a forbidden fruit for cats, though mostly as a precaution. We teamed up with the University of Missouri Small Animal Clinical Nutrition Service in Columbia, Mo., to find out why grapes, as well as raisins, aren’t safe for cats. Their team describes the risk as having the potential for acute kidney injury-meaning it’s possible for animals who’ve eaten grapes or raisins to develop kidney failure.
The research itself as to whether grapes and raisins are as toxic to cats as they are to dogs is still something of a grey area. The Clinical Nutrition Service says that while the toxicity has only been documented in dogs as of yet, feeding them to cats is still not recommended.
Why Are Grapes Such a Threat to Pets?
Answering exactly why grapes aren’t safe for cats (or dogs, for that matter) isn’t yet possible, as the specific way their toxicity affects the animals’ body remains a mystery. According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, the main injury in dogs seems to be in the kidney cells, and some dogs who’ve eaten grapes or raisins have developed kidney failure. While there’s currently only anecdotal evidence of kidney failure in cats (and in ferrets, too), it’s enough to lead veterinarians to advise against sharing the fruit with felines.
Because grape toxicity hasn’t yet been officially documented in cats, much of the information on grape toxicity in cats is anecdotal evidence, as it actually pertains to dogs-there simply isn’t enough research on how grapes affect cats. That said, these facts still demonstrate the seriousness of the illness, and why it’s best to keep both Fido and Fluffy from eating grapes.
How Many Grapes or Raisins Does It Take to Make a Cat Sick?
Unfortunately, we just don’t know how many grapes or raisins it would take to poison a cat. Some cats who ingest grapes might not ever actually show signs of kidney failure, but the risks are just too great. The safest approach is to avoid letting your cat eat any grapes or raisins, since the precise amount of grapes or raisins it takes to make cats (and dogs) sick is unknown.
What Kinds of Grapes Should Cats Avoid?
The Pet Poison Helpline says all grapes and raisins (seeded/seedless, organic/conventionally grown, purple/green, etc.) can cause toxicosis in pets. Grape and raisin products should also be avoided, including grape juice, raisin bread, cookies and protein bars containing raisin paste, and breads made with raisin juice.
What Are the Clinical Signs of Grape Toxicosis?
According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, the majority of dogs with grape or raisin toxicosis experience vomiting or diarrhea within six to twelve hours of eating the fruit. Other clinical signs include lethargy, loss of appetite, increased thirst, stomach pain, weakness, dehydration, and tremors. Kidney failure develops within three days. In some cases, the kidneys shut down and stop producing urine. Most dogs who reach this point don’t survive.
What Should I Do if My Cat Eats Grapes?
If you know or suspect that your cat has eaten grapes or raisins, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435) immediately. You don’t need to wait until you see clinical signs to seek help. Grape toxicosis is a progressive illness, so the sooner you treat it, the better.
How is Grape Toxicosis Treated?
There’s no antidote for grape toxicosis in pets. The first step is to remove the toxic food from their system, which is typically achieved by getting the animal to vomit. Your veterinarian will advise on how best to do this depending on when your pet ingested the grape or raisin, and how many were eaten. Once they’ve thrown up, your vet may administer a dose of activated charcoal, which acts like a magnet that attracts toxic substances and carries them through the gastrointestinal tract and out of the body.
It’s possible your vet will recommend IV fluids if your pet has eaten large amounts of grapes or raisins, or if they’ve developed vomiting or diarrhea within twelve hours of eating the toxic substances. Other supportive therapies (such as medication) and monitoring may be necessary, depending on the cat’s symptoms.
It Pays for Your Cat to Be Picky
Cats are notoriously picky when it comes to food, but this could actually be a benefit when it comes to toxic substances. “It’s relatively uncommon for us to see a food-related toxicity in cats,” the Clinical Nutrition Service says. “That’s more of a dog problem.” Cats tend to be less trusting of new food items than their canine counterparts, which could in part explain why there isn’t data on feline grape toxicity.
It Pays for You to Be Picky Too
Grapes and raisins share their “toxic” designation with several other human foods, and unfortunately, the current list probably isn’t exhaustive. The Clinical Nutrition Service points out that there are plenty of food items that have not undergone peer-reviewed studies determining their toxicity. So take a cue from your cat and be cautiously picky about what you feed him. It’s always a good idea to talk to your veterinarian before adding any new human foods-even those on the safe list for cats to eat.
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So your dog ate a grape, or maybe a couple of raisins. What happens next? The answer is largely based on how quickly you seek veterinary care.
What Causes Problems?
Grape and raisin toxicity is a somewhat strange phenomenon that many dog owners are not yet aware of. Stories of dogs reacting to the seemingly innocuous fruit have gradually risen to notoriety in the last five or six years as dog owners have begun to experience their pets going into kidney failure after consuming grapes or raisins.
It is not yet known what exactly about grapes and raisins is toxic to dogs. Researchers have investigated whether pesticides, some type of fungus or another factor may be leading to these issues, but no single cause has yet been determined.
How Much is Too Much?
Some of Aspen Grove’s clients state that they give their dogs a few grapes as a treat on a regular basis, but our doctors strongly advise against doing so. However, researchers have determined that toxicity in grapes and raisins is a dose-dependent issue. This means that bigger dogs may not be noticeably or immediately affected by eating small amounts of grapes or raisins, while small dogs experience considerable ill effects from even a harmless-looking raisin or two.
In both small and large dogs of all breeds, these ill-effects include kidney disease and even kidney failure. Common symptoms of this include irregular eating and drinking habits: Affected dogs often lose their appetites and begin to drink excessively.
What Do I Do?
Seek veterinary care immediately. You can prevent many of the negative effects of grape or raisin consumption if your dog is treated quickly enough.
Once you get to a vet, the treatment plan for your dog is very simple. It often begins with induced vomiting to remove the fruit from your dog’s system. After that, there is no specific antidote for exposure to grapes or raisins, and all doctors can do is support your dog’s kidneys.
As with many dog-unfriendly foods like chocolate and cannabis, the best preventative measure is simply keeping grapes and raisins away from your dog whenever possible.
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You might think that grapes are innocuous. These delicious fruits are a staple, showing up as raisins in our cereals or ‘filler fruit’ for various preserves, but it turns out that they are actually quite toxic for your dog. That said, if your dog ate grapes, there are some things that you should know.
Grapes have a chemical in them called tartaric acid, which is highly toxic for dogs and many other animals. Within 72 hours, they can actually shut down your canine’s kidneys, so grape ingestion is one of the more serious dangers that can and does occur.
In today’s article, we’re going to tell you a little more about grape toxicity so that you’ll know the signs and symptoms, what you can do, and also some foodstuffs that you might not have known contain grapes. Let’s take a look at this important health information that you NEED to know about grapes!
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What can happen if a dog eats grapes?
Grape toxicity can actually be lethal, and chemicals in the grape that are harmless to humans can actually cause kidney failure in dogs. Don’t believe us? The AKC backs us up on this in an article which they’ve posted here.
The symptoms may show up quickly, or simply some time within the next 24 to 72 hours, so if you even suspect that your dog might have gotten into some raisins or grapes and especially if you see some in their stool, then you want to get your vet involved right away.
While grapes and raisins sound harmless, many animals cannot filter the chemical profile of this fruit (more on this shortly) and it’s vital that you get your dog to the vet if they have eaten some.
Why are Grapes toxic?
We’ve known that grapes were toxic to some animals for some time, but it wasn’t clear exactly why, and it was a mystery that we would ponder for close to 20 years before someone made a connection. Interestingly enough, the ‘Eureka’ moment didn’t have to do with grapes, but with homemade playdough.
Kids absolutely love the stuff, so naturally their pets might end up ingesting it from time to time in the form of playdough burgers and the like, and the subsequent vet visits isolated the problem as being homemade playdough made with ‘cream of tartar’ – which has tartaric acid.
This acid, incidentally, turned out to be the toxic component of grapes that had thus far eluded us. You can read the American Veterinary Medical Association’s journal entry here for more information, but that’s it in a nutshell – tartaric acid is the chemical that occurs naturally in grapes that is a kidney-killer for dogs and cats!
What amounts are toxic?
Even one grape can be toxic, but now that we know the exact chemical involved, we can give you a little more of an estimate based on body weight. For every pound of body weight of your dog, .3 ounces of grapes is the amount that can make your dog sick. With raisins, it is .5 ounces per pound of body weight.
So, for a 10-pound dog, 3 ounces of grapes or 5 ounces of raisins has the potential to make your dog either very sick or to even cause kidney failure. The biggest problem, aside from the tartaric acid itself, is that the amounts of this chemical will vary with different types of grapes.
As such, while we can give you a general estimate on the toxic amounts, if your dog has ingested even one or two grapes then we recommend contacting your vet right away. Tartaric acid is just too dangerous so you’ll want to err on the side of safety to avoid a potential tragedy.
Symptoms of Grape ingestion
According to the VCA hospital, within the first 24 hours of ingestion a dog may shows signs of lethargy, along with a lack of appetite, vomiting, and they may even develop diarrhea. After the first 24 hours, however, is when this may follow with signs that the kidneys are shutting down:
- Excessive urination
- Severe thirst
- Abdominal pain
- Their breath may smell like ammonia
- High blood pressure
- Difficulty breathing
As you can see, these are pretty severe symptoms, so if you even suspect that your dog may have gotten into your raisin stash or absconded with a grape then it’s best to err on the safe side and get your vet involved. You can also call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center toll-free at (888)426-4435.
All forms of Grapes count
Unfortunately, there are no ‘safe’ forms of grapes, with the exception of a grape flavor that is completely synthetic. Grapes, raisins, and currants are toxic and so is grape juice. Wine grapes also have it, so if your dog decides to steal some wine that you are drinking, then this is potentially very serious.
As grapes and raisins are in all kinds of foods, especially bakery treats that seem harmless, you’ll want to be on your guard. To make things a little easier, you can Google ‘grape allergy’ and find lists of food items that contain grapes where you might not expect them. We’re including a few examples to give you a head start:
- Some sourdough bread recipes
- Fermented foods
- Trail mix
- Many fruit preserves
- Some flavored waters
These should give you a general idea, but the overall point is that grapes are all over the place, so you need to watch out carefully. Some empanadas, for instance, have tasty chicken inside but add 3 or 4 raisins for extra flavor and you might not notice it if you aren’t looking for them.
Now that you know about grapes, raisins, and currants, however, you should be well-equipped to better avoid potential health pitfalls for your furry friend.
Some closing comments on grapes
If your dog ate grapes, it is going to be vital that you get some vet assistance right away or contact the ASPCA poison control center at (888)426-4435. While they look harmless and humans can eat them by the bucketload, Canine physiology is just not prepared to digest them properly, and they can cause kidney failure FAST.
If your dog has so much as swallowed one raisin or grape, then you should get them to the vet for a quick checkup to avoid any potential issues. Remember – the amount of toxicity varies from grape to grape, so if your dog ate grapes then it’s best to act now. Your dog’s life may depend on it!
Grapes and raisins are great healthy snacks for people, but did you know they can be deadly to dogs and cats, even in small amounts?! Keep reading to learn more about grape and raisin toxicity in pets and what to do if you suspect your pet may have eaten this dangerous snack.
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Why are grapes and raisins toxic to pets?
To date, the exact cause is still unknown. Some pets appear to be more sensitive and can develop serious, potentially life-threatening illness after ingesting small amounts. To add to the confusion, other pets seem to be able to tolerate eating grapes and raisins without developing signs of toxicity. For this reason, we always recommend using caution. Never feed your pet any type of grape or raisin!
What could happen if my dog or cat does eat grapes or raisins?
Typical early symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea. This can progress to acute kidney failure, where they will start to drink and urinate excessively. They’ll often have a reduced appetite and lethargy because they feel so terrible. This can then progress to total kidney failure and the inability to produce urine. If left untreated, grape ingestion can become fatal within days to weeks. Unfortunately, even some pets receiving aggressive treatments can succumb to kidney failure if they are severely affected.
What should I do if my dog or cat ate grapes or raisins?
Even small amounts of grapes or raisins can cause life-threatening illness. For example, a 20-pound dog can ingest as little as 3 ounces of grapes or raisins and potentially develop fatal kidney failure.
The best thing to do is to take your pet to your vet or nearest emergency clinic to induce vomiting immediately. This will help remove as many raisins or grapes from their system as possible. At least 48 hours of intravenous fluids is typically recommended for support of the kidneys and to flush out their system. Your vet will run blood work and urine tests to assess their response to treatment. If your dog or cat has normal kidney values at the 48-hour mark, they are often able to be sent home. If their kidney values are abnormal, additional hospitalization may be needed.
If your pet ingested a raisin cookie or other baked treat that contains raisins, please seek immediate veterinary advice. Your pet may also be at risk for illness if certain artificial sweeteners were used, such as xylitol. Be sure to bring a list of ingredients to your appointment, if possible. This will help your vet to know what symptoms to watch out for and what additional treatments may be required.
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If your cat has eaten raisins you may be wondering or concerned. Maybe you have heard that raisins are bad for some pets, but does this affect cats?
Why did my cat eat a raisin?
Your cat may have eaten a raisin because it is feeling hungry and scavenging. Most cats avoid fruits but could have grabbed them by chance while looking for leftover food to eat between meals.
So, now you know why. But, can a cat eat raisins? What are the symptoms of raisin poisoning? Do all cats show symptoms of this? Keep reading for these answers, and more…
What is a raisin?
To make sure we are on the same page let me clarify what a raisin is. It is basically a dried grape. It is often dried, sweetened, and sold in packets. Often used in baking to sweeten up a cake, for example.
According to Wikipedia, there are other similar variations like the sultana or current. Depending on where you live you may identify the sultana as a dried grape with a golden color. And, as for currents, small dried grapes.
Raisin Nutrition facts
The following table displays some of the main ingredients in a raisin.
Source: USDA, per 100g *
* See the source for the full list.
As you can see, apart from some other issues (more on this later), it has quite a lot of sugar content. Which is great for baking for humans. But, not so great for cats.
Can cats eat raisins?
Cats should not be given raisins because they are known to cause kidney failure in large quantities. Also, in small doses, they are known to make your cat feel ill. This could include vomiting or act hyperactive.
The weird thing about raisins is there is no real understanding as to why this happens. But, because it is a known symptom it is one to be avoided.
How do you know if your cat ate something bad?
It is best to monitor the physical signs. This includes how it is breathing, signs of sneezing, coughing, gaging, etc. Some of these signs will be more obvious than others.
If your cat has eaten something bad the best thing to do is to find out as soon as possible to take action. So, looking out for these signs is critical to help them if they need it.
How can you prevent your cat from eating raisins?
Now that you know that raisins are not a good idea you should try some proactive ways to stop your cat from eating them. Here are a few tips:
01. Store them away neatly
One of the simplest ways to do this is to store them away well. This means in a cupboard, or secure in another room. But the raisins themselves should be contained in an air-tight container that has a lever or button press to release them.
This will make it harder for your cat to just topple it over and help itself to raisins.
02. Keep them well fed
Cat scavenging food.
One problem why cats start to look for food and start to scavenge is if they have not been fed properly. Maybe it is hungry and looking for extra food, are you with me? The best way is to keep it fed well in the first place.
Once your cat is content then they are less likely to start eating things like raisins even if they are left on the floor.
03. Do not encourage begging
Some cats will always beg for food. And, do you know why? Because they have been rewarded for this in the past and know it works. So, if you are eating ad your cat starts meowing and begging for food, just ignore it.
It may seem a bit cruel at first but as long as you have fed it then there should be no issue really, right? So, stick to it. It’s better for your cat’s behavior in the long run.
04. Feed your cat at the same time as you
Another tactic is to feed your cat at the same time as you this will make your cat adjust to your schedule and reduce the chance of it begging or stealing food, such as grapes or raisins.
It may take a little while to get your cat adjusted but in time it will be beneficial for you.
Can cats eat raisin bread?
Raisin bread, like raisins, needs to be avoided. This is because there is a good chance of raisin contamination. Although a few raisins are likely to be serious it is better to be cautious.
If you have not seen raisin bread before it is a delicious tasting bread, in my opinion, that has raisins mixed in for sweetness. It is a great breakfast bread or as a casual snack between meals. But, as I said, for cats, this is definitely one to be avoided.
What are the symptoms of raisin poisoning?
The symptoms of raisin poisoning can be as follows, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, etc. The tricky thing is it may not be seen immediately after your cat consumes the raisins. So, you need to monitor it to see how it responds.
Rasin poisoning sounds quite dramatic but it is an actual term used to define this. And, because, in extreme cases, it can cause kidney failure it needs to be taken seriously.
Do all cats show symptoms after eating raisins?
There is a chance that your cat won’t show symptoms after eating raisins. In some cases, this is worse because you may not be aware they have eaten it and no indication of what might happen. If it is obvious, at least you can act on it.
If you have seen your cat consume some raisins but shows no visible signs of raisin poison it is still worth double-checking with your vet to make sure.
Is Hydrogen Peroxide a suitable treatment?
Some cat owners recommend using hydrogen peroxide to flush out the raisins in your cat’s system if it has eaten them. Personally, I would be cautious with this. Unless your vet has recommended it I would not do it.
The fact is you have no idea how your cat will react to this. Remember, hydrogen peroxide is used as a bleaching agent or antiseptic, and who knows how your cat will respond. Put it this way, would you drink it without being sure about it? Well, I wouldn’t!
Should grapes also be avoided?
Because raisins are made from grapes it is better to avoid them as well. If you think it makes logical scenes. The reality is cats have very little interest in fruits or veg anyway so this should not really be a problem.
If you have been worried about your cat consuming raisins and wondering if grapes are a good idea then the good news is you now know that they should be avoided as well.
Do any animals eat raisins?
Some animals eat raisins. For example, birds. Certain birds like robins, bluebirds, mockingbirds, etc. If you leave some raisins out for them on a bird table they will eat it.
Coincidently cats are known to hunt birds. But, to my knowledge, I have never heard of a bird that has contaminated a cat with raisin posing based on the fact that they have eaten it.
Is Grapeseed Oil Safe For Cats
Grapeseed oil It is indeed, yes! It is safe to use grapeseed oil for your pets. This includes dogs and cats as well as ferrets and pot-bellied porks. Although grapeseed oil comes from grape seeds it is safe for dogs. This does not mean that the product is safe. One major danger should be noted.
Grape seed oil is rich in Linoleic acid (LA), which is a polyunsaturated omega-6 fat acid. This essential fatty acid is vital for the function and construction of cell membranes. LA also plays a role in… Hair and skin that are healthy Too much omega-6 can cause inflammation. This can lead to immunological dysfunction and chronic conditions such as… Diabetes Liver and kidney disease Allergies IBD is an inflammation of the bowel. Cancer You must make sure that your dog gets enough omega-6 and Omega-3. Grapeseed oil should be avoided at all costs. Modern diets already contain plenty of Omega-6. The imbalance can be made worse by adding more Omega-6.
What oil is good for cats?
Some essential oils are safe to be used for cats, including copaiba, helichrysum and frankincense. Diffusing oils around your house should be safe for cats, since the oil is highly dilute (versus directly applying or as a dietary supplement).
Can grapeseed oil be toxic?
One risk to this oil is the possibility that certain types could contain high amounts of Polycyclic Arometic Hydrocarbons, which may pose a danger to your health. Some animals have developed cancer from PAHs. Grapeseed oil, like most oils, is rich in fat and should not be eaten in excess.
Can cats eat seed oil?
It’s possible you wanted to give it to your cat, but let me explain briefly. Let’s start with the main question. Yes. Cats can consume sunflower oil. It doesn’t contain any toxic chemicals and can be fed to them in moderation.
What should you not use grapeseed oil for?
Grapeseed oil can be used in salad dressings and baked goods. However, it is not suitable for high heat cooking such as frying.
It’s upsetting to learn your dog ate grapes due to the impact they can have on the pet’s digestive system.
Due to this, dog owners will often panic and not know what to do next. This is indeed a situation that demands care and alertness on your part. Do not brush it aside and assume everything is going to be okay.
You will want to ask, what should I do if my dog ate grapes but seems fine?
If your dog ate grapes but seems fine, it’s important to monitor its health. This includes looking for specific symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, or stomach pain. If the dog is uncomfortable, it’s critical to consult with a vet as soon as possible.
A dog is not supposed to eat grapes, so taking action is a must when symptoms arise. You can’t ignore them.
This article will dig deeper into what to look for when your dog ate grapes but seems fine for now.
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Symptoms To Look For If Dog Ate Grapes But Seems Fine
One of the main issues dogs have involves fatigue.
Their digestive system is going to be in overdrive due to the initial consumption of grapes. Some dogs have a stronger immune system and it will work hard to keep the dog healthy.
While this is going to be happening, the dog’s energy levels will dissipate. After all, the body has to focus on making sure the dog gets better and doesn’t end up dealing with worsening symptoms as time goes on.
Due to this, you will want to look for fatigue when a dog eats grapes at home. This will shed light on how the dog is doing and whether or not it will pass the grapes through its system.
If there is any sign of fatigue, you will want to speak to a vet for a detailed diagnosis. This becomes mandatory as fatigue is often the first warning sign of something being wrong.
2. Upset Stomach
This is one of the worst symptoms a dog is going to deal with after it consumes a few grapes at home.
Dogs are not supposed to eat grapes, which means the digestive system will not have a good time digesting the grapes. This is due to the natural elements found in grapes that are not easy for a dog to digest.
When a dog eats grapes, it will often end up having an upset stomach.
This includes nausea, diarrhea, and/or vomiting depending on the dog itself.
3. Changes in Fecal Matter
You will have to look at the dog’s feces.
This is often going to let you know more about what is going on in the dog’s body. The fecal matter is not going to lie nor will how often the dog goes to relieve itself.
A common sign to look for would be a dog that ends up having a change in its poop. This includes the color of the poop, how often it poops, and/or the texture of the poop. Any changes in this regard are dangerous.
You don’t want a situation where the fecal matter isn’t healthy.
If it is then you will want to take the time to reach out to a vet for more information. They will shed light on what the change means.
4. General Pain
The general pain associated with a dog’s poop is something you will want to take into account every step of the way.
If a dog ate grapes then there will often be an underlying pain the dog is going to have to deal with. This pain will make the dog not want to get up and it is often going to be whining too.
When this happens, you will know the situation is not good for the dog and could worsen as time goes on.
If your dog ate grapes but seems fine, it’s still important to know what to look for.
A dog that has eaten grapes will often exhibit symptoms such as pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea. It is important to look out for these symptoms whenever you get the chance to. It’s the best way to make sure the dog is healthy.
If you don’t look into this, you are going to have a situation where the dog’s situation will worsen and it is going to find it hard to complete daily tasks around the house. Even something as simple as eating dog food will become challenging for the pet.
This is why being hyper-alert after your dog eats grapes is important.
Grapes and raisins are fantastic for people, but did you know that even tiny amounts of them can be poisonous to dogs and cats? To discover more about pet grape and raisin toxicity and what to do if you suspect your pet has eaten this harmful snack, continue reading.
Are Grapes Poisonous To Dogs Or Cats?
As it turns out, even one grape or raisin can be lethal to your dog, unfortunately. Specifically, if a dog eats a single grape, it could cause abrupt kidney failure. Even a few grapes or raisins might cause serious complications in your dog or cat. For example, A 20-pound dog can eat three ounces of grapes or raisins and get renal failure.
Cats have more room when it comes to grape tolerance but ingesting several grapes can be toxic to cats. Grapes are one of the most harmful foods for dogs, and they are worse for cats than chocolate! Bottom line, it is best to keep grapes and raisins away from your dog or cat.
Why Are Grapes And Raisins Toxic To Pets?
Although it’s not down to an exact science yet, researchers believe that tannins, which are found in many fruits, are responsible for the fruit’s deadly effect since the animal cannot break them down. In some cases, even small doses of a toxic substance can cause serious and even life-threatening sickness in dogs. Coincidentally, other dogs are safe from the hazardous effects of eating grapes and raisins. Because of this, grapes or raisin products should never be given to your pet.
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What Could Happen If My Dog Or Cat Does Eat Grapes Or Raisins?
Grape consumption can be dangerous for your pet if left untreated. If your dog or cat has eaten grapes or raisins, early symptoms will include nausea and vomiting. Left untreated, this progresses rapidly to acute renal failure, in which they will begin to drink and urinate excessively. Due to their distress, pets lose their appetite and become sedentary. This can lead to renal failure and the complete inability to urinate. Even aggressively treated pets can develop renal failure if seriously affected.
Toxic Ingestion Symptoms:
- Appetite loss
- Apathy, sluggishness
- Vomiting and diarrhea within hours
- Tummy ache (tender when touched)
- Dehydration, which includes panting; dry nose and mouth; pale gums. To check for dehydration, gently pull up on the skin behind your dog’s neck. It should bounce right back.
- Increased thirst, decreased urine production, or complete stoppage
- Nephrosis (kidney failure), which can be fatal
Food poisoning in pets raises the risk of major health consequences after 24 hours. Renal failure is likely when the animal reaches this stage. Acute renal failure can be reversed if treated quickly.
What Should I Do If My Dog Or Cat Has Eaten Grapes Or Raisins?
Getting your dog or cat’s medical attention is critical if they ate raisins or grapes. Contact your veterinarian immediately, who may suggest that you help the animal vomit. Unless your veterinarian specifically tells you to, do not induce vomiting in your pet! It can exacerbate the symptoms if done incorrectly or unnecessarily.
Intravenous fluids should be administered for at least 48 hours after your pet arrives at the vet’s office. To keep track of how they’re doing, your veterinarian will take blood and urine samples from them. After 48 hours, if your pet’s kidney levels are normal, he or she can usually be returned to you. Severe kidney damage necessitates an additional stay in a hospital.
Your veterinarian or the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center should be contacted if your dog or cat has eaten grapes (888-426-4435).
How Do I Prevent Grape And Raisin Poisoning?
Keep grapes and raisins out of your pet’s reach or out of your house completely to avoid grape or raisin poisoning. You should store them in a refrigerator or other closed container if you are at home. If you suspect your pet has eaten a grape, raisin cookie, or any other food containing these ingredients, contact your veterinarian immediately.
On Monday of this week (today is Wednesday) my cat came up to me while I was eating some raisins and he was sniffing them so I gave him one. He played with it and ate it and I thought it was so cute because he’s usually not interested in people food at all, so I gave him a few more. maybe 5 raisins total. This happened again on Tuesday and today. I thought it was odd that he liked raisins so much being that the only other human food he’s ever eaten were some frozen peas that I spilled all over the floor one time, so I did a google search for “cats and raisins” and was horrified to find that raisins may be toxic to cats. He ate about 5 or so raisins three days in a row. He doesn’t seem be exhibiting any symptoms of kidney problems, but it’s hard to monitor his litter box situation as there is another cat in the house and I’m at work during the day so I don’t know which one is using the box/how often, etc. Money is tight (huge student loan bills each month) so I don’t want to pay to take him in for testing if there’s no need – but if I should be concerned, I would like to take him in as I don’t want him to experience pain or suffering. He is an older cat (about 13) and I understand older cats are at an increased risk for kidney troubles in general. I just hope I haven’t hurt him by letting him eat raisins! I love this cat so much and I feel so bad that I may have unknowingly poisoned him! Do you think approximately 5 raisins a day for 3 days is cause for alarm and/or do you think I can just keep an eye on him for any symptoms of a problem and go from there? So far, I have not observed any unusual behavior (lethargy,vomiting, etc.). I appreciate your time and this service!
Dr. Marie replied:
I can’t say that I have ever heard of a cat who actually liked raisins. Oliver has strange taste!
No one knows why raisins are toxic to some pets (or grapes for that matter). Many theories are out there but to this date we still don’t know the culprit.
I usually get asked about whether or not raisins are toxic to dogs as dogs are more likely to eat raisins or grapes. What I tell people is that this type of toxicity is very uncommon. Many dogs can eat grapes and never have a problem and then there is the odd dog that can have serious kidney problems afterwards.
The same thing actually does apply to cats. I did some research for you and did find some case studies where cats had acute renal failure after eating raisins. Now, this does not mean that every cat who eats raisins will have kidney problems.
In an ideal world, it would be great to have Oliver’s urine and blood tested for signs of kidney problems. But, if money is tight then, given that the chances are low of him having an issue, it is probably acceptable to monitor him for now. If you see any of the following over the next few days then I would take him in:
-lack of appetite
-flooding the litter box with urine
I would be surprised if there is a problem here. But, if you see the above then I would not wait, but take him in right away. The treatment would be hospitalization with IV fluids. The good news is that if this was a kidney problem it is an acute problem as opposed to a chronic problem. Chronic kidney disease is what we worry about in older cats.
I hope that helps and I hope he is well!
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Why does my cat chew grape stems?
Cats chase stalks and stalks for roughage (and because it’s fun to chew and play), a better way to give cats fibers such as cat grass and high quality pet food I have.
Are grape vines safe for cats?
Yes, this fun summer fruit is toxic to most animals, including cats . Ingesting even a small amount of grapes can be harmful.
What happens if you eat grape stems?
Other parts of the vine, such as vines and leaves and roots, are not toxic to humans. Some poisonous plants, such as the Canadian moon seed, resemble vines. All parts of the plant are toxic and ingestion of the plant can lead to seizures and convulsions .
Are grape vines poisonous to animals?
Ingestion of large amounts can cause gastrointestinal upsets such as vomiting and diarrhea. I am concerned about whether there are vines in the vines that your dog can ingest. Grape is highly toxic and ingestion of even small amounts can cause kidney damage and damage .
Are grape stems poisonous to dogs?
Grapes and products containing grapes are toxic to dogs . This includes grape jellies and juices, dried grapes (raisins), and even currants that belong to the same family as the grapes.
Is grape ivy toxic to cats?
According to the ASPCA Botanical List, grape ivy is non-toxic to cats and dogs . That’s good because my cat likes to climb the cabinet to bite the edge of the vine from the hanging basket. Sap can cause a slight skin rash in some people, but it is non-toxic to the human body.
Are grape vines edible?
Yes! All species of wild grapes found around the world are completely edible . Straight from the vines, some wild native vines may have a fairly sour taste, while others are sweeter.
Should you take grapes off the stem?
Will grapes last longer if stored on stems? Easy answer: Yes. When the grapes are pulled out of the stalk, they rot faster, so you need to remove the grapes from the stalk when you are ready to eat. This is also the reason why when buying grapes you need to make sure that the stems are not muddy and firm.
Are grapevine leaves edible?
The original grape leaf use was used as a wrapper for various mixed fillings. Today, they have expanded and are included in sauces, rice and grain dishes, steamed fish, etc. . When picked fairly young, the leaves are blanched and salted to become soft and tingling, and are commonly used to make pickles of grape leaves.
What part of grape is toxic to dogs?
However, in grapes, whole fruit is considered toxic. Even seedless ones can cause kidney failure when ingested.
What vine looks like a grapevine?
Ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) is a thin-stem vine with grape-like leaves. It is a member of the Grapes family and is cold-tolerant in the USDA plant’s cold-tolerant zones 4-8.
Can you eat grape leaves Raw?
application. Grape leaves can be used raw for salads or for cooked applications such as steaming and boiling. Most commonly, it is stuffed with seasonal and regional vegetables, rice and meat and cooked to a soft texture.
How soon will a dog show signs of grape poisoning?
within 24 hours
What does grape ivy look like?
The vine ivy plant is a nice hanging plant with rhombic leaves (the name comes to mind) and long stems with a reddish tint on the underside . To maintain this color and prosperous growth, the care of grape ivy requires a consistent liquid fertilizer program.
What is the plant that looks like grapes?
Muscari (also known as Muscari) is a small bulb that blooms in the spring and is named after a small bunch of flowers that resemble grapes.
Are grape hyacinths safe for cats?
Unlike the popular spring bulbs, which can cause diarrhea and vomiting in cats and dogs, 3 Muscari are pets, even if curious dogs want them. It can be safely planted around We will dig into what was buried at the time of planting.
Are any grapes poisonous?
One of the “look-alike” wild grapes with toxic fruits is the common moon seed . It has dark purple fruits containing a single flat seed. Wild grapes contain 1 to 4 pear-shaped seeds. Also, avoid toxic and foreign-invasive porcelain berries.
What does the Bible mean by wild grapes?
Heaven is not for wild grapes, but for you, as Jesus tells us in our Gospel this morning. A beautiful soul, a soul carefully selected by God, a soul nourished and raised . So this week, examine yourself, do a little gardening of your soul, go to God, show him the weeds, and be released.
Can you eat grapes from a grape vine?
Yes, wild vines are edible ; However, keep in mind that some people may feel a little tingling when eating right next to the vines. Grapes taste better after the first frost, but are still a bit sour for many tastes. They also have seeds.
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Can Cats Eat Grapes? No, it’s not a good idea to feed your cat grapes. While one single grape won’t hurt them, it’s not a good idea to have your cats more grapes.
If you’ve ever wondered whether or not your feline friend can eat grapes, you’re not alone. Many cats love the taste of grapes, and many cats have even been known to eat a handful of the fruit on occasion.
However, this is not a good idea. Besides, cats are notoriously picky when it comes to food. As a parent, you need to be careful because it may lead to severe problems if you feed your cat grapes.
Varying Toxicity Levels
To most humans, grapes are harmless. However, to cats, the toxicity of grapes is still unclear. Because of this, it is impossible to determine a safe dose for your cat. Some cats may be perfectly okay with small amounts, while others may need more significant quantities to be poisoned.
There is also some evidence carried out by Hillspet that indicates that if your cat eats grapes, it may cause gastrointestinal upset. It may even lead to renal failure.
Moreover, it is a choking hazard since grape seeds are small enough to get into your cat’s stomach. So, make sure that your cat does not consume large amounts of grapes. This way, you can prevent your cat from developing any kidney problems.
However, a single grape may be safe for your cat, but you should be careful about specific types. It would help if you were very careful about your cat’s diet, as any food you feed him is dangerous for his health.
We’ve done our research for lots of foods and have vetted them if they are safe for your pets. Why not check out this article: Can Cats Eat Dog Food?
Just like in children, grapes on cats are equally dangerous. Your cat can get a severe choking reaction depending on the type of grapes. Grapes can readily slide down a small cat’s windpipe due to their size and shape, restricting airflow. As a result, it’s vital to keep grapes away from your cats.
Cats are Carnivores
While some people claim that cats are omnivores, the truth is that they are obligate carnivores. According to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), cats cannot digest plant matter.
This means they have to eat meat, as plants contain very little protein and can harm them. Because they can’t make some nutrients from plants, cats must eat meat.
However, the protein and fat they get from meat are vital for their growth and well-being. Although cats can eat some plant matter for roughage, they are obligate carnivores and must eat meat.
This is because their digestive system does not digest low-value plant matter.
Their smaller intestine and lack of teeth make it difficult to chew vegetation and make it digestible. Meat is essential to the growth and maintenance of their many vital systems. It’s a myth that a cat cannot metabolize plants and is strictly a carnivore.
Trying to feed your cat a diet with grapes will do more harm than good. A cat’s diet needs a lot of protein and fat, and you don’t want to go against its natural diet.
What to Do If Your Cat Get Grape Poisoning
When a cat eats grapes, the symptoms will vary. It may vomit a day after consuming grapes. You should visit your veterinarian if you see any of these symptoms. If you have a cat that does not seem well, it is essential to consult a vet immediately.
The symptoms of grape poisoning will typically appear in hours to a day, but you should not delay seeing a vet. A vet will have to induce vomiting to treat your cat’s condition. Never try to force your cat to vomit, which could harm your pet. A veterinarian can administer more intensive blood transfusions and intravenous fluids.
Are Grapes Safe For Cats?
No, grapes are not safe for cats. Whether or not you let your cat eat grapes is a delicate balance between its health and happiness. While eating grapes is not dangerous for your cat, it is still essential to watch for signs of illness or vomiting. A veterinarian should be consulted if your cat exhibits any of these symptoms. Also, keep in mind that cats can’t digest the toxin in grapes.
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It comes as no surprise that grapes are toxic to dogs, grapes can cause kidney failure, poisoning dogs, regardless of breed, age or size. Grape and raisin toxicity is well-documented in dogs, with even small amounts being deadly. Dogs and puppies should not consume grapes or raisins, even in small amounts.
Keeping dogs safe and healthy by feeding the right foods and keeping them away from toxic foods should be a priority for pet parents. With so many cases reported each year of grape and raisin poisoning in dogs, pet parents need to prevent these accidents from happening by keeping dangerous foods away from dogs.
Emergency veterinary rates for toxin ingestion for grapes or raisins varies from an average of $2000 to $5000 in veterinary treatment costs. Although accidents may happen, they can be prevented in most instances. With so many foods available to both humans and dogs, it’s best to look out for the ones that may be toxic to our furry best friends.
Can Grapes Harm Dogs? Why?
It’s true that it only takes 32 grams of grapes per kilogram (dog’s weight) for kidney injury to occur in dogs. As for raisins, the amount ranges from 11 to 30 grams per kilogram. Although the exact cause of grape or raisin toxicity is unknown, it’s believed that the fleshy part of the grape is what’s toxic. Additionally, it’s good to keep in mind that both peeled and seedless grapes are toxic and should never be used as treats.
Symptoms of Grape Poisoning
There are numerous symptoms associated with grape and raisin poisoning. These will usually occur 6-12 hours after ingesting a grape or raisin. The most common signs of grape and raisin poisoning are the following:
- Lack of energy
- Abdominal pain
- Excessive thirst
- Loss of appetite
- Oliguria (small amounts of urine are passed)
- Anuria (urine flow stops)
- Oral ulcers
- Bad breath
What to Do if Your Dog Has Grape Poisoning?
You will need to take your dog to an emergency veterinarian if it’s after hours. The diagnosis will be based on symptoms and the history of your dog’s exposure to grapes. If your dog has eaten grapes or raisins in the past two hours you will need to induce vomiting. That said, vomiting is best induced within 15 to 20 minutes after your dog has eaten either grapes or raisins, regardless of how many grapes eaten.
Your veterinarian will then administer activated charcoal to absorb toxins. In addition, vomiting should not be induced in dogs that have lost consciousness or are having trouble breathing. Dogs that show signs of a shock need to be taken to the emergency veterinarian right away. That said, dogs that have already vomited will still need to be taken to the emergency veterinarian for treatment.
Nonetheless, if your dog has eaten a large amount of either grapes or raisins, or if he or she is already vomiting or has diarrhea, your veterinarian will administer fluids for 48 hours to increase urine output. Your dog will also be put on medications to stimulate increased urine production. Yet, if your dog is not producing any urine, survival is not likely at this stage. Your veterinarian will then discuss other options with you.
Immediate Treatment If Your Dog Has Vomited Already
If you’ve called your veterinarian because your dog has already vomited after eating grapes or raisins, your veterinarian may recommend you to stay at home and do the following:
- Make up a small meal for your dog
- Administer 3% or 1 milliliter (ml) peroxide per pound of your dog’s weight by using a syringe or teaspoon with the maximum amount being 45 ml. That said, you cannot give a dog, regardless of weight, more than 45 ml of peroxide.
- Squirt the 3% peroxide into the back of your dog’s mouth using a syringe.
- If your dog does not vomit within 15 minutes of the peroxide administration, veterinarians advise trying this out again with the same amount capped always at 45 ml, even if your dog weighs more than 45 pounds. It’s important to note that this method can only be used twice and that your dog should be taken to an emergency veterinarian for treatment, and a check-up afterward.
- Your veterinarian may do a gastric lavage, and/ or administer activated charcoal to absorb the grape and raisin toxins.
- Follow-up treatment is necessary to protect your dog’s kidneys. Always follow-up on all appointments, and keep a close eye on your dog while he or she is recovering at home.
Treatment via an emergency veterinarian is always necessary to ensure that your dog has not been harmed from grape toxins. Usually, after making a dog vomit, your veterinarian may wash out your dog’s stomach via a gastric lavage and then proceed with the administration of activated charcoal, to absorb any remaining toxins from the grapes or raisins.
Intravenous fluid therapy is usually the next step so that the toxins are flushed out of the dog’s bloodstream. This also helps to promote kidney function and produce urine. Your dog will also receive medications to reduce vomiting, and help to keep kidney function going.
All the while your veterinarian will be monitoring your dog’s kidney function, by doing lots of blood work. Each and every hour at the veterinarian is crucial to your dog’s survival, even if your dog has vomited at home. Along with all the above-mentioned treatment, hemodialysis may be needed to help your dog until his or her kidneys start functioning again. Kidney transplants may be needed in some cases, with some pet parents opting for euthanasia if their dog’s kidneys have shut down.
If the worst happens, get help right away. Chances are you’ll be saving your dog’s life! While there’s no guarantee as to a complete recovery, your veterinarian will do his or her best for a full recovery. In many ways, feeding dogs healthy foods is similar to feeding children. You’re going to need to watch out and make sure that your dog is getting a high-quality dog food formula with plenty of veggies and fruits. That said, research or consult with your veterinarian as to what you can add to your dog’s diet.
Who doesn’t love jelly, my daughter likes it
But what about cats? Can cats eat jelly?
The answer is yes and no
Confused? I don’t blame you
Let’s dig in to find out
Cats can eat jelly, but this is only in moderation
It should not be part of their meal or diet plan
You see, cats are carnivores and their main meal is meant to be meat
The reason why you should give in moderation or not given at all is because jelly main component is sugar
Now if your cat has too much sugar, it can cause your cat to gain excessive weight and if your cat is diabetic then this is a big no no
Give your cat jelly if you really want to but in moderation
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What About Peanut Butter Jelly? Can Cats Eat Peanut Butter Jelly?
Peanut butter does not have any nutritional value to your cat
It contains fat which again can lead to obesity
So imagine peanut butter jelly – that is way too much fat in there!
Another thing to remember is – the pasty is quite thick and can get stuck in your cats tongue and throat which can result in choking
It’s not toxic or poisonous to your cat
But overall, there is no benefit in giving your cat peanut butter jelly so it’s best not to give your furbaby
Think about your cat’s long term health
There are many other alternative treats you can give that are made for cats
You can get even get some treats that are healthy for their teeth etc
Can Cats Eat Grape Jelly?
Grapes can cause kidney issues to your cat
Although this is not clear because grapes can cause problems to dogs and it’s possible it can have the same effect on your cat
So it’s best to not give your cat grapes
When it comes to grape jelly
It’s going to contain grapes which is a no for your cat
Even with jelly, as it has sugar which is not good for your cat too
So it is a deadly combination
Keep your cat away from grape jelly if you happen to have any at home!
My Cat Has Eaten Jelly – What Should I Do?
If your cat has had jelly there is no reason to panic
It shouldn’t cause any problems to your cat
Just keep an eye out on your cat for the next 24 hours and see if your kitty is okay
You don’t want your cat to have a allergic reaction or anything
If you are worried then best thing to do is call your vets to seek advice
Wrapping It Up – Can Cats Eat Jelly?
Your cat can eat jelly and it should be okay
If you want to give your cat some jelly then no problem but do remember this should be done in moderation
Honestly, it’s best you avoid giving your cat jelly as a personal opinion
Cats are meat eaters and jelly does not provide any nutritional value
It does contain sugar which is not good even if it’s in moderation
We cat parents want our furbabies to have a healthy lifestyle so it’s best to stick with cat food
Want to give your cat treats? Then give those treats that are made for them
They love that anyway! Well my cat goes crazy for it and he knows how to get me to give him one!
It’s the best option
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Dr. Marie replied:
Hi, and thanks for your question. Are grapes toxic to puppies? Most likely your pup will be ok. Still, there are some things to look out for.
We don’t know why grapes are toxic to some dogs. There are many dogs that can eat grapes every day and never get sick. And then, in some dogs, even a small exposure to grapes can cause serious kidney problems. We have not been able to determine whether it is the seeds, the skin, or what the problem is.
Given that the grapes have been in your dog’s system for 24 hours, there isn’t much that we can do at this point in terms of prevention. So, what I would recommend is to monitor for symptoms of kidney problems. I would visit the vet if I saw any of the following:
-excessive thirst and/or urination
If you feel like she is not well, then it’s best to have her seen. Your vet will likely test her urine and her blood for signs of kidney problems, and if they are present then will place her in the hospital on intravenous fluids.
But, the odds are in your favor. In the vast majority of cases, if a dog eats grapes there are no negative effects seen.
I hope things work out fine!
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Dr. Marie replied:
This is a tough call. In most cases, if grapes are going to cause problems I would expect to see symptoms (as described above) within a few days.
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Can cats eat tomatoes? Our feline friends should not have certain types of food. This is because some of these foods can be toxic, or kitties can be allergic to them.
Many experts will tell you yes when you ask can cats have tomatoes. The quick answer is that cats are able to eat the ripe fruit form of the tomato plant.
No need to worry – cats are highly unlikely to try to eat tomatoes that are raw, since they do not like the taste and texture of the green tomatoes.
Can Cats Eat Tomatoes? Is It Safe?
It can be frightening when your cat gets into something that she shouldn ’t have, or you don’t know if a food they ingested is going to make her sick.
You may be at a loss for where to go for quick information about if tomatoes are bad for cats, especially if you would rather avoid going to the vet’s office in case it’s a false alarm to worry about said food.
Here’s how you can lower your stress when it comes to your cat getting into tomato plants:
As with anything else, each pet differs based on their individual health background. Just like with humans, a kitty can be allergic to any number of foods.
Make sure that you consult with your veterinarian to clear up any confusion if your cat shows an interest in eating a certain vegetable or fruit. If you don’t know the answer to the question can cats have tomatoes, your vet is the best source to consult.
No matter what it is your animal friend wants, you may feel guilty about denying them the joy of eating something that you enjoy. However, it’s best to keep in mind what could be harmful to her health.
Putting your feline buddy at risk just is not worth the moment of happiness she will get from trying this food.
When Are Tomatoes Bad for Cats?
It can be confusing to learn the answer to are tomatoes bad for cats. Tomatoes only tend to be toxic to felines when they are unripe. The green fruit, as well as the stems and leaves of the tomato plant, can make your cat sick and even can be fatal.
It does not matter if the plant is indoors in a container, or out in your garden. You need to ensure that none of your kitties consume the unripe tomato or anything that is connected to it.
Wondering how valid these claims are?
According to the Humane Society of the United States (also known as HSUS ), the stems and leaves of the tomato plant are on a list of things that they should not eat.
Though this site does not specifically mention the fruit, the ASPCA site does talk about how the unripe tomato fruit is not good for cats. This is because all of these parts of the tomato contain solanine , which also is harmful to horses and dogs.
You may be certain that the answer to the question of can cats eat tomatoes is no, but there are some people who say otherwise when you’re looking to random corners of the internet for answers.
Even if you see online that people have given their cats tomatoes without any ill effects, you should avoid the risk at all costs.
Can Cats Eat Tomato Sauce?
Can Cats Eat Tomatoes Although tomato sauce is made with ripe tomatoes, it typically will contain ingredients that are just plain bad for kitties, such as garlic. dairy, and onion powder. Also, they contain chemical preservatives and other additives that are dangerous to cats.
Once a cat ingests anything like this, she can be extremely sick and need immediate medical attention. Please use care when leaving food out that your pet can get into with ease.
Cats May Be Allergic to Tomatoes
So, can cats eat tomato? Depends. Did you know that there are pets allergic to the tomatoes? It may not surprise you to learn that many owners have stated that their cats are allergic to this plant.
When felines are allergic to a food, their reactions can vary between mild stomach discomfort and diarrhea, to extreme shock and even death. That’s enough to make any pet owner worry about keeping little furball away from the garden.
For this reason, you should not take any chances. Keep your kitty friend away from all things tomato, and look out for any cat food that contains it.
Though cat food is developed for the average feline without regard over if cats can have tomatoes, it still can cause issues that may be catastrophic.
You also should not give your cat the following:
- Tomato soup
- Tomato juice
You want the very best for your furry friend. This includes her diet and wondering what is true when it comes to are tomatoes bad for cats. Take great care with the foods you give your little buddy, and you’re sure to see her live a long, happy life.
Are tomatoes bad for cat?
The ripened fruit of this plant (the commonly eaten tomato) is considered non-toxic but the green parts of the plant contain solanine, a glycoalkoloid. Typically, when ingested by dogs and cats, it rarely results in toxicity.
What happens if cats eat tomatoes?
While humans can easily eat tomatoes, substances in the stems and leaves of the tomato plant are toxic for small animals. The tomato plant contains solanine, which is toxic for your cat. Fortunately for your cat, tomato plant poisoning isn’t typically fatal, but will definitely cause uncomfortable symptoms.
Can cats eat raw tomatoes?
Most experts agree that cats can safely eat the ripe fruit of the plant. Don’t worry though, as cats are unlikely to nibble on raw tomatoes because the texture and taste of green tomatoes aren’t pleasing for most of our feline friends.
Will tomato sauce hurt cats?
Cantaloupe, tomato sauce, and scrambled eggs are just a few feline favorites. It’s fun to give your cat a taste of what you’re eating, especially when he seems interested in it, but certain foods or ingredients can be toxic and even deadly.
We all love our pets and want to provide them with the best diet possible. Our pets can eat a wide variety of fruits, including grapes. But because this fruit can be deadly to cats and dogs, many people wonder if they are safe to feed to a parakeet. The short answer is yes, your parakeet can safely eat grapes, but there are several things you should consider before making them a regular part of their diet. If you want to give your pet a few grapes, keep reading while we look at the benefits and possible hazards of adding this food to your parakeet’s diet.
Are Grapes Bad for My Parakeet?
The biggest problem with feeding grapes to your parakeet is that they can contain a lot of sugar. A single cup of grapes can have as much as 23 grams of sugar, leading to several health problems if fed too regularly. Diabetes is directly related to sugar intake and other problems like kidney disease and liver disease. Sugar also turns to fat in your parakeet, which will cause your bird to gain weight. The best way to avoid these health problems and help your pet reach its maximum life span is to limit foods high in sugar. Grapes could be a viable option as long as they are served in moderation.
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Like most other fruits, grapes can have pesticides sprayed on their skin to protect them from insects while they grow. Parakeets are smaller birds and can react to even a small amount of these hazardous chemicals. You will need to rinse your grapes thoroughly before feeding them to your pet. We recommend using a fruit brush to help remove the pesticides and soaking them in a solution of cold water and baking soda.
Are Grapes Good for My Parakeet?
Vitamins and Minerals
Grapes have plenty of vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to parakeets. It has plenty of vitamin A which some birds can have a deficiency in. It also has several B vitamins, vitamin K, calcium, copper, iron, zinc, etc. These vitamins and minerals will provide your pet with the building blocks it needs to stay healthy. Potassium, in particular, helps regulate blood pressure reducing the risk of heart problems. A small amount of protein can build strong muscle and carbohydrates to provide your pet with energy.
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Resveratrol is a compound found in only a few fruits, including grapes, blueberries, cranberries, and peanuts. This compound can prevent the hardening of the arteries, boost the immune system, and inhibit the production of free radicals.
Grapes Reduce the Risk of Cancer
Grapes contain important nutrients like flavonoids, carotenoids, anthocyanins, and others. Dark-skinned grapes contain more nutrients than green grapes, so we recommend choosing these for your pet.
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Besides potassium, grapes provide your parakeet with , which can help boost good cholesterol and reduce swelling. Farmers often add this nutrient to chicken feed because of the benefits it imparts.
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Grapevines (Vitis vinifera) grown at home can provide you with shade and a sweet, edible crop that can be consumed raw or used to make wine, jellies, jams, juice or raisins. To make these tasty treats, however, you must keep the local wildlife and insect populations from eating the fruits of your labor. There are many living things that can steal or damage your grapevines, including birds, insects, animals and fungus. Fortunately, there are ways to protect your grapes from the creatures that enjoy grapes as much as you do.
No matter where you live, there will be at least one local bird species that loves grapes. The most effective way to stop them from stealing yours is to place netting over the vines when the grapes begin to change color and ripen. Be very careful to anchor netting firmly to the ground and eliminate any holes. Birds find their way into these holes, sometimes becoming trapped and luring neighborhood cats who may become entangled in the netting while trying to catch the bird, resulting in possible death or injury to both animals. Birds tend to go after small black and blue grape varieties first, so planting red and white varieties apart from darker ones may help spare some of the red and white grapes. Place wren houses throughout your garden to attract these birds. Wrens eat insects rather than grapes and are territorial enough to chase other birds away.
Whether they come to nibble on the leaves or enjoy the fruit itself, animals like deer, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons and possum are attracted to grapevines. If the wildlife population is small and damage to your harvest minimal, the easiest solution is to plant a few more vines so you have enough grapes to share. Small vineyards can be protected from most pests if they are grown inside of an enclosure. A simple cage consisting of chicken wire spread across a wood frame will keep out most pests, but stretch the chicken wire across the top of the pen as well so squirrels and other climbers can’t simply climb over the walls. Some gardeners have success attaching motion sensors to lights or battery-powered radios to scare critters off, but many grape scavengers quickly learn that the noise and lights are simply a ruse. Consider getting an outdoor cat or allowing your dog to spend time in the garden, since both the animal itself and its scent may scare off some grape thieves. Small animals such as raccoons can be trapped and relocated if local ordinances allow.
As is true of many fruits, a long list of insects causes problems for grapevines. Insects that can affect grapes include the grape phylloxera, grape flea beetle, grape berry moth, multicolored Asian lady beetle, climbing cutworms, grape leafhoppers and yellowjackets. Some, such as grape leafhoppers, overwinter in the dropped leaves beneath the vines and can be controlled with good sanitation practices. Removing debris from under the grapevines will also deter yellowjackets, which are attracted to overripe grapes that drop to the ground. Japanese beetles can be removed by hand when their numbers are few. Insecticide applications with ingredients such as permethrin or carbaryl, are the best control for most insect infestations.
Grapes are very susceptible to mildew and rot fungal diseases. Although fungus is not an animal, it is a living thing and an enemy of grapevines. The most common grape fungal infections are black rot, Botrytis bunch rot, downy mildew, powdery mildew and a combination of Phomopsis cane and leaf spot commonly referred to as “dead arm.” Although you may struggle to find a grape variety able to resist all fungal infections, choose varieties that offer some fungal resistance such as “Buffalo,” “Cascade,” “Ives,” “Cayuga White,” “Marquette,” “Norton” and “Mars.” Minimize the risk of fungal problems by planting in well-drained soil, cleaning up the debris under the vines often, and removing and destroying any diseased canes. Apply the proper fungicide sprays as needed to protect your crop from the types of fungi most problematic in your area. Your local cooperative extension or garden center can tell you what you need to watch out for and how best to protect yourself.
We all know that dogs can be masters at swiping things they shouldn’t – maybe it’s something that’s been left on the kitchen counter, or they’ve been hanging around at your feet waiting for something to be dropped on the floor. What happens if they manage to eat grapes?
Table of contents
- The simple answer is…go to your vet immediately
- Why are grapes poisonous?
- There is no known toxic dose
- What signs should I look out for?
- What can the vets do?
- It’s the same for raisins and sultanas
- In conclusion
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The simple answer is…go to your vet immediately
While grapes are a healthy snack for humans, unfortunately grapes are one of those things that dogs cannot eat without the possibility of severe consequences. It is best not to wait around as illness can become more severe if left untreated.
A dog that has ingested grapes can become very poorly, starting with gastrointestinal signs that may possibly progress to acute renal failure – essentially, their kidneys will begin to shut down. This can ultimately be fatal if left untreated.
Why are grapes poisonous?
For a long time, it’s been unknown exactly what causes this to happen, with many theories presented. New research suggests it could be the presence of tartaric acid in grapes that is the cause of kidney failure.
There is no known toxic dose
Therefore, in theory, any amount of grapes ingested could lead to severe damage – even just one. The more that are eaten, the more likely they are to cause a problem. It is also likely that the toxic dose will vary between individual dogs. Regardless of how many have been consumed, it is still safest to contact your veterinary practice.
What signs should I look out for?
The following may be associated with grape ingestion. These are likely to develop in 12-24 hours after consumption.
- Poor appetite
- Diarrhoea (with or without blood)
- Increased drinking and urination
- Painful abdomen
- Dehydration – tacky gums
Severe vomiting tends to be the first presenting sign and also the most common associated with grape poisoning.
If any less severe signs are missed or ignored, it is possible for dogs to go into shock if severely affected and as the kidneys shut down, may stop producing urine altogether. In this case, emergency veterinary attention is required but prognosis is guarded. Luckily, this very rarely happens!
What can the vets do?
If your dog has eaten grapes recently, the best thing the vet can do is make your dog vomit them back up so that they are not digested. They may also give you some activated charcoal (a lovely messy black liquid!) that further aids in stopping any intestinal absorption.
If your vets are concerned that there is further damage, they may recommend hospitalisation for intravenous fluid therapy (“a drip”), medication and further monitoring. A blood and urine test can also help to check kidney function and this may need to be regularly monitored. In the most severe cases, dogs can still die despite appropriate veterinary care.
It’s the same for raisins and sultanas
Of course, raisins and sultanas are dried grapes and therefore are still toxic to dogs – in fact, probably more toxic than fresh grapes! Remember that raisins may be found as ingredients in other things, such as cakes and biscuits, so veterinary attention is required if your dog manages to pinch any of these too. Festive periods often tend to be a busy time for vet practices due to dogs pinching Christmas cakes, mince pies and hot cross buns! Treat ingestion of any of these just as seriously as if your dog was to have eaten some chocolate and speak to your vet ASAP.
Grapes and raisins are a big no-no! Keep any grapes, raisins, sultanas, or any products containing these well out of reach of your pet. If you are at all concerned your dog could have eaten any of these, contact your veterinary practice immediately. The sooner your pet is seen and treated, the better the outcome.
Grapes in any form are bad for dogs. Fresh, dried, seedless, peeled, in small or large amounts – they can cause severe sickness if ingested. Learn how to spot the signs and what to do if your dog eats a grape.
Updated on the 03/05/2022 17:55
Dogs will eat anything that looks and smells good – especially if it’s human food. That’s why dog owners need to distinguish between safe and toxic dog treats. Though some fruits are safe for our beloved pets to eat, others can be deadly.
Can dogs eat grapes and raisins?
Grape and raisin ingestion poses serious risks to a dog’s health, including sudden kidney failure, renal failure and abdominal pain. These can all lead to permanent kidney damage, and if left untreated, can kill.
Though not much is known about the reasons behind grape and raisin toxicity in dogs, scientists do confirm that it is associated with the flesh of the fruit. In this sense, dried grapes are just as toxic to dogs as fresh ones – regardless of whether the fruit is peeled or seedless.
Some nutritionists argue that grapes are not fatal to every dog and the seriousness of a dog’s toxicity after eating grapes relies on the age, gender and overall health of the dog. However, it must not be assumed, even if a dog is healthy in every other respect, that she is immune to the effects of the fruit.
If in doubt, do NOT feed your dog grapes of any kind and, if you have grapes at home, always try to keep them out of reach. As few as four or five grapes are all that it takes to cause sudden kidney failure and end the life of an eight kilogram dog.
Feeding your dog human foods as dog treats is not completely prohibited, as some of them can be safely digested. These include bananas, carrots, and apples, to name a few. But grapes, in small or large amounts, should never be given to your pooch.
Symptoms of grape toxicity of dogs
Within just 12 hours a dog that has eaten a grape or a raisin will suffer with vomiting and diarrhoea. Other symptoms within that time include:
- Anuria (complete cessation of urine)
- Foul breath
- Oliguria (passing only a small amount of urine)
- Oral ulcers
If the illness goes untreated, undiagnosed or is too acute to warrant any remedial attention kidney failure will follow between 24 and 72 hours of eating the poison. Once the dog’s kidneys have ceased to work the vet will usually recommend euthanasia, if the animal hasn’t already died.
What to do if your dog has eaten grapes?
If you suspect your dog has ingested grapes or raisins, you must not panic but you must act fast, and it is worthwhile to contact your veterinarian for advice in the meantime.
You can also call an animal poison helpline for advice. In the UK, Animal PoisonLine provides 24/7 support to owners who think their animal may have been poisoned, and can successfully help advise you and save you a trip to the vet’s.
Inducing vomiting is often recommended in the case of poisoning, especially if your dog ate a grape within the last two hours.
Great care should be taken when trying to do this and under no circumstances should you:
- Physically stick your finger down the dog’s throat
- Feed your dog mustard
- Feed your dog salt
Vets recommend the use of hydrogen peroxide (a chemical formula you can pick up at most high street chemists). You should dispense some hydrogen peroxide into a syringe in order to deliver it straight to your dog’s mouth. If you don’t have a syringe, use a teaspoon (about 5 mls).
Generally speaking, aim to give your dog a dose that is appropriate for her size (approximately 1 – 2 mls per kilo of body weight). If your dog weighs 22 kilos administer 25 – 50 mls of hydrogen peroxide
Do not induce vomiting if your dog is unconscious, struggling to breathe or distressed. You also need to be certain that what your dog is experiencing are signs of indeed signs of grape poisoning.
Whether or not your dog vomits, you need to take her to the vet. Your vet may need to clear out your dog’s stomach as well as treat other ailments caused by the toxin.
Veterinary treatment of grape toxicity of dogs
There is so much a vet needs to do with a dog that has been poisoned. Decontamination of the dog’s system is their primary concern, for the sooner the toxins can be flushed and the physical damage repaired the more likely the dog is to survive.
Emesis may again be induced, followed by a dose of activated charcoal. Your dog may also be given drugs by intravenous drip to make her wee in an attempt to flush out the poisons and to encourage the kidneys to work. However, in extreme cases of grape and raisin poisoning, the dog’s kidneys may have already ceased to function. In these cases, dialysis is considered.
If the dog’s kidneys have stopped working and dialysis is not a viable option, your vet will recommend your having the dog humanely euthanized.
Avoiding grape or raisin toxicity
The true prevention of such a sad outcome is of course to hide grapes from your dog or to keep them out of reach. Dogs eat anything that can be eaten and will not care about the effect it has on their system. Unlike us, they cannot reason that some things will hurt them more than others. Thus it is our responsibility as dog owners, to make sure they don’t accidentally poison themselves, and it should go without saying that you should under no circumstances feed your dog grapes.
If you suspect your dog has eaten a grape, contact your veterinarian, then monitor her health closely, and be aware of what symptoms may be exhibited as time ticks on. A deterioration of her health due to poisoning will be apparent and you will need to act fast to save her life.
Nick John Whittle is an author and artist based in Birmingham, UK. He studied education at Gloucester University. Nick’s family has owned various breeds of dog since he was a child such as poodles and boxers. Although he has no pets at the moment, on occasion he dog-sits a happy, yet infirm, 17-year-old Yorkshire terrier. Nick is particularly interested in the history of canine domestication.