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November 19, 2020 2 min read

There's nothing like a big bunch of fresh, delicious grapes on a hot summer day. We love to throw some in the freezer for a while to give them a little bit of extra crunch. But while they look like the perfect, bite sized snack to your dog, we're here to ask the question - can dogs eat grapes?

CAN DOGS EAT GRAPES?

Absolutely not. This one's not remotely ambiguous and leaves room for no ifs, ands or buts. Grapes are highly toxic to dogs, and while scientists aren't entirely sure why that's the case and what particular substance in them is the cause, the end result is the same - you should never feed your dog grapes under any circumstances. 

ARE GRAPES GOOD FOR DOGS?

We're not going to bother going over the nutritional facts about grapes here, because at the end of the day, they don't matter. We can't stress enough that grapes are highly, highly toxic to dogs. There is no amount that is safe, and grape toxicity can be fatal to dogs, as ingestion of grapes can lead to acute kidney failure in dogs. 

This of course extends to anything with grape in it, from grape jelly to grape soda (and while those may not contain real grapes, they have so much sugar that they should still never be given to dogs). Absolutely nothing with any amount of grapes in it is fit for a dog to eat.

can dogs eat grapes

RISKS OF GIVING GRAPES TO DOGS

As mentioned, the main risk is acute kidney failure leading to death. There are numerous other symptoms that are both problematic on their own and also signs that kidney failure is beginning. If you see any of the following, it is absolutely critical that you contact a vet immediately.

Lethargy and weakness are common signs - if your dog is typically very active but has suddenly stopped moving, be alarmed. Loss of appetite is also an issue that may arise, as are vomiting and diarrhea. Increased thirst and dehydration (signs of which are panting and dry nose and gums) are signs as well.

We can't stress enough that if you even suspect your dog has eaten some grapes, you should call a vet immediately.

SO CAN DOGS EAT GRAPES?

No no no no no. Dogs cannot eat grapes. They can't eat anything with grapes in them, and even if they accidentally ingest a grape or two, you should call your vet immediately. While veterinarians and scientists aren't sure exactly what it is in grapes that is so problematic for dogs, the reality is that it doesn't matter because it is well established that they are very dangerous. There is no size, breed or sex of dog that can safely eat grapes.

With that said, there are a lot of bite-sized fruits that make wonderful snacks for dogs! We highly recommend blueberries, blackberries and strawberries, all of which are not only safe to feed to dogs, they're also packed with nutrients. 

And of course if you're looking for a safe, healthy snack for your dog, you need look no further than our Pupsicles! They're made with high quality ingredients that are safe and nutritious for your dog - give them a try today!