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My dog has just eaten a grape, should I be worried?

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Twoweekcruise Sun 08-Oct-17 15:41:29

My dog has just eaten a small red grape. I'm panicking now as it says online they are toxic to dogs! My dog is a Norfolk terrier so is small. I want to contact the vets but dh says I'm panicking over nothing. Don't quite know what to do. He seems fine ATM?!

BabyOrSanta Sun 08-Oct-17 15:49:16

Mine have eaten all sorts...
Just keep an eye on him, if he starts doing anything really out of the ordinary (throwing up, choking, drinking an awful lot, looking very poorly) then I would take him to the out of hours vet.
Otherwise I would just keep an eye on him and make sure grapes are put away in the future wink

HooraySunshine Sun 08-Oct-17 15:50:13

I am not a vet, but I wouldn't panic over 1 grape. If he'd eaten several then I'd been worried. Keep a close eye on him, encourage lots of water. Just in case, I would have an emergency vet phone number to hand this afternoon/tonight in case your dog does suddenly start to become ill. I'm sure he will be ok though. Maybe phone your vet in the morning to explain what happened and ease your mind.
Don't panic! smile

Twoweekcruise Sun 08-Oct-17 15:56:06

Thanks. He seems fine, we've given him a few charcoal biscuits so hopefully that'll help but I'm keeping an eye on him!

Fekko Sun 08-Oct-17 15:57:59

I may be wrong - but it's raisins that are bad for dogs. Grapes are probably more of a choke hazard. Dogs are sometimes terrible dustbins though aren't they?

CornflakeHomunculus Sun 08-Oct-17 15:58:39

If it's literally just happened I'd get mine to the vets for an emetic just to be on the safe side. It's not yet understood exactly what causes grapes to be toxic or why some dogs can eat loads and be fine whilst others react very badly indeed to only a very small amount. At the very least I'd recommend ringing your vets and asking for their advice.

You could also try ringing Animal PoisonLine, which is run by the Veterinary Poisons Information Servce.

WeAllHaveWings Sun 08-Oct-17 16:19:43

It may be a situation where time is of the essence and leaving it to see what happens may mean irreversible kidney damage or it may be the quantity is so low it wont be a problem. If it was mine I'd at least call an out of hours vet asap to get a qualified opinion so I could relax.

WeAllHaveWings Sun 08-Oct-17 16:20:41

Fekko grapes and raisins (dried grapes) are both toxic

Twoweekcruise Sun 08-Oct-17 17:09:13

I'm ringing the vets!

ProfessorCat Sun 08-Oct-17 17:13:38

Lol, no. It's one grape.

ProfessorCat Sun 08-Oct-17 17:14:23

By the way, your vet will probably tell you to come in, prescribe vomiting medication and charge you for both.

BLUEsNewSpringWatch Sun 08-Oct-17 17:32:28

Call the poisons line of you are suspicious of vets like prof but yes I would definitely call. Grapes are an odd one, some dogs can eat loads and be fine, others can have a teeny tiny amount and go into kidney failure!

Catsrus Sun 08-Oct-17 19:21:48

One grape really isn’t a problem - it’s the seeds that are an issue. A bag of raisins - panic - but a s8ngke grape - relax.

Elphame Sun 08-Oct-17 19:42:05

Elfpup did this a few days ago. I ran the vet and discussed it with him.

I am not entirely convinced that the grapes themselves are the problem but after weighing up the pros and cons decided that I would never forgive myself if he was one of the few who are affected so decided to take him in for treatment.

An expensive home grown grape indeed.

one2three4five Sun 08-Oct-17 20:10:21

I just did a canine first aid course (I work with dogs), and was told that any amount of grapes can potentially cause serious issues. As another poster said, some dogs can eat loads and be fine, but others will get kidney failure after a small amount, and the reasons for this are unknown. Definitely call the vet and discuss it with them, it's not worth the risk. Hope your dog is okay.

Hoolit Sun 08-Oct-17 20:13:18

Came on to second what Blue says, that's what our vet told us when my ddog ate 5 grape a couple of months ago. He had to go on a drip and had something to make him vomit as they said he could look fine but if they go into kidney failure it can take a couple of days to show and is harder to bring them back rather than prevent it in the first place.
I must say it was not our normal vet and they kind of guilted us into leaving him overnight. With hindsight I'm not sure how much faith I had in their decision but it's by the by now sorry not much help but I do think you need to speak to the vet. Hope dog is ok.

stayhomeclub Sun 08-Oct-17 20:16:46

I probably wouldn't worry for one grape tbh

LinoleumBlownapart Sun 08-Oct-17 20:18:23

Are you sure he actually ate it? Mine once grabbed a fallen grape, I thought he'd swallowed it but I found it under the sofa, intact and covered in dog saliva.

PhatSlag Sun 08-Oct-17 20:23:56

Growing up, we would feed our dogs grapes as treats 😳
Had no idea they were toxic.
One of my dogs ate a box of raisins when he was younger. Rang vet and he said keep an eye on him, he was fine. Mine also ate 3 bags of chocolate coins last Christmas, was fine then too.
Hope your dog is ok.

Twoweekcruise Sun 08-Oct-17 20:40:57

Didn't ring the vet in the end. Found the offending (squished and spat out) grape under the kitchen table. Feel stupid now!

Elphame Sun 08-Oct-17 20:53:44

That's good news!

Runninglateeveryday Sun 08-Oct-17 20:57:56

Don't worry my dog broke into DDs bag and ate a bag of about 25 chocolate covered raisins, double toxic. I called the vets who said monitor , nothing happened, she's tiny 5kgs !

8DaysAWeek Sun 08-Oct-17 21:00:26

Yay that’s great you found it!

In future and to anyone reading, I agree with PP in that some dogs can die from kidney failure from one grape, some can eat a whole bag and be fine, so you really can’t be sure and time is of the essence. Get your dog seen ASAP. They can be given a drug to make them vomit and some charcoal to absorb anything left over. Small price to pay for reassurance and potentially life saving treatment. “Wait and see” if they get kidney failure is bad advice.

Similarly, “my dog ate grapes, chocolate and onions all it’s life and was fine” is also terrible advice!

Twoweekcruise Sun 08-Oct-17 21:18:25

Thanks all for the advice, will keep it in mind for the future because knowing my dog it'll be something else. He just loves munching on any old thing he finds especially on walks, it's a nightmare, its a buffet of doggie delights out there, the more rotten the better!!

PhatSlag Sun 08-Oct-17 21:21:08

I wasn’t giving advice on what the OP should do with her own dog, just saying that mine were fine so it’s not always bad news if they eat something they shouldn’t.

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