Can dogs eat grapes?

Can dogs eat grapes?

Can dogs eat grapes? No, and scientists don’t even know why. We just know that grapes – and raisins – can be highly toxic for all dogs, especially small dogs.

We know chocolate is really bad for dogs but did you know that grapes can be a killer? I knew they could be a choking hazard or that the pesticides used on grapes could be bad but it’s more than that. Grapes contain something that can be very toxic to dogs.


Sun Maid raisins are a hazard for dogs

Tiny boxes of raisins can be tempting – and dangerous – for dogs.

For a small dog like a Morkie, eating as few as six grapes can be deadly!  That goes for raisins too.

The AKC (American Kennel Club warns:

Grapes and raisins are known to be highly toxic to dogs, though research has yet to pinpoint exactly which substance in the fruit causes this reaction. Because of that, peeled or seedless grapes should also be avoided.

Symptoms of Grape Poisoning

Watch for these signs that your Morkie may have eaten grapes or raisins:

  • the dog becomes extremely hyper and jittery
  • vomiting, diarrhea, shaking and stomach pains
  • the dog who’s eaten grapes soon stops urinating
  • very lethargic.

Coma and even death can follow.

If you think your dog has eaten grapes or raisins, here are the steps to follow:

  1. Make the dog vomit. You can do this by giving him a solution of equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide.  About 1 tablespoon of each is enough for a Morkie-size dog.  Administer up to three times.
  2.  If that doesn’t work you can also give your dog activated charcoal if you happen to have it.
  3. Get your dog to the vet immediately. Take someone with you to call while you’re on your way.

Keep a poisoning kit on hand for your Morkie

Other types of poisoning – and the symptoms

Watch for long-term signs of kidney failure

“In both small and large dogs of all breeds, the 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.”


Can dogs eat grapes?

Can dogs eat grapes?


Grapes? Raisins? Noooooo!grapes copy

Scientists aren’t sure WHY, but they do advise that both can be poisonous to your Morkie (or any dog). Since Morkies are so small, even a couple can make him very sick or worse.

Why can’t my Morkie eat grapes?

Grapes and raisins contain a chemical that can cause kidney failure in dogs. Within just 12 hours of eating either one, your Morkie can experience vomiting, lethargy or diarrhea. While some dogs are fine with grapes and raisins, others get deathly ill so it’s not worth the risk of course.

Other bad people food for Morkies

Along with grapes, other people food to avoid includes:

  • alcohol of any kind
  • anything mouldy
  • avocado – contains persin which can be bad for dogs
  • bread dough
  • caffeine – of any kind. Tea, coffee, other soft drinks like Mountain Dew, energy drinks and cola and even chocolate
  • chocolate – the darker, the more poisonous to dogs
  • fatty meat scraps and bones – too much fat can trigger pancreatitis … see my recent blog on this disease
  • macadamia nuts – as few as six raw or roasted macadamias can make your Morkie very ill
  • milk and other dairy products – not necessarily dangerous but milk products will probably give your Morkie serious diarrhea
  • onions and garlic – a little occasionally might be ok but generally these two things can cause anemia, weakness, vomiting, reduced interest in food, dullness, and breathlessness
  • peaches, plums – mostly because of the pit, which can block your Morkie’s intestine and lead to a slow death.  Plus, peach and plum pits contain cyanide!
  • Salt – too much salt can make your Morkie sick; he can get dehydrated and too much salt can cause vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature and even seizures
  • Xylitol (the a non-caloric sweetener widely used in sugar-free gum and candy)

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