Can Dogs Eat Raisins?
NO, dogs cannot and should not eat raisins!
Raisins, like grapes, are VERY BAD for dogs. Raisins after all are simply dried out grapes, so they retain the same chemicals that are toxic for dogs. Eating raisins can be fatal. They are just as – if not more – dangerous than chocolates, yet far less people are aware that dogs should not eat raisins.
What Happens When a Dog Eats Raisins?
Dogs that eat raisins usually begin vomiting after swallowing them. This throwing up is helpful because the raisins don’t end up being digested completely.
If your dog has ingested large quantities of raisins or grapes, (s)he will immediately begin to vomit repeatedly, and will become extremely hyperactive and jittery. After about 24 hours, the dog will become lethargic and depressed. (S)he may experience abdominal pain and may stop urinating, drinking, and/or eating.(S)he will also become dehydrated. Both his/her vomit and feces will contain partially digested raisins or grapes. His/her breathing may become irregular, and (s)he will also become hypercalcemic (high calcium concentrations) and hyperphosphosphatemic
Ultimately, without treatment, the dog will go into renal (kidney) failure, and may die a horrible very painful death.
What to do If Your Dog Eats Raisins
The best cure for an overdose, of course, is prevention. Because dogs can get hold of raisins or grapes from a variety of sources—the kitchen counter, the coffee table, vines in a private vineyard, a child’s lunch box—DOG PROOF YOUR VINEYARDS & REMOVE RAISINS AND GRAPES FROM CANINE REACH. Do not feed your dog raisins/grapes as treats so that you can avoid him/her “getting a taste for them”. Remember that raisins are even more concentrated (and hence more toxic) than grapes—approximately 4 pounds of grapes equal 1 pound of raisins. The APCC also warns that any substance in large doses can be toxic.
However, if you suspect your dog has eaten a large amount of raisins or grapes, take your dog to a veterinarian immediately, and have them contact the Animal Poison Control Center for assistance. Have your veterinarian initiate decontamination measures, and administer fluids and/or dialysis to assist/restart the dog’s kidneys. Be aware that initially your veterinarian may suspect rat poison as the above symptoms are very similar to the symptoms of rat poison.
The APCC is still unable to determine the exact cause of renal (kidney) failure. Possibilities include 1) an agent in grapes and raisins themselves; 2) fungicides, herbicides, or pesticides contamination; 3) heavy metals; 4) high amounts of Vitamin D; or 5) fungus or mold contamination.
How Many Would Poison Your Dog?
The minimum toxic dose is approximately 1 grape per pound of body weight.
- 15 lb dog = 12-14 grapes could be deadly
- 25 lb. dog = 23 grapes could be deadly
- 50 lb. dog = 50+ grapes could be deadly
- 75 lb. dog = 75 grapes could be deadly
Raisins, having lost their water content are considered more toxic at 6 raisins per kg of body weight, or 2-3 raisins per pound of body weight. Think how many raisins are in ONE small snack pack of raisins. It might be enough to kill your dog.
- 15 lb. dog = 30-45 raisins could be deadly
- 25 lb. dog = 50-75 raisins could be deadly
- 50 lb. dog = 100-150 raisins could be deadly
- 75 lb. dog = 150-225 raisins could be deadly
If your dog has eaten one or two raisins, it probably isn’t as bad. But if your dog eats a bunch, go to a veterinarian right away before it’s too late. Fast and aggressive treatment including IV fluids and close monitoring is often necessary for survival.
Remember: Don’t feed your dog raisins or grapes and keep them away from dogs! They can be deadly for your furry friend!