Raisins are a yummy and nutritious treat for humans. Raisins, which are dried grapes, have many health benefits for humans, so if they are good for you, they should be good for your dog, right? The answer is the same for grapes, never feed your dog raisins! 


How Toxic are Raisins to Dogs?  

Despite their sweetness, raisins can be harmful. Raisin poisoning in dogs has been documented on many occasions. Toxic effects on dogs include vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration within 12 hours of ingestion; oliguric/anuric renal failure may develop within 48 hours of intake. 


It does not take a lot for a dog to be poisoned by raisins. Even just a few can be dangerous. Dogs have been poisoned by eating seedless or seeded grape types, commercial or homemade grapes, red or green grapes/raisins, organic or non-organic, and grape pressings from wineries. Raisins may be found in raisin bran cereals, trail mixes, granola mixes, and baked foods. Grape and raisin toxicity is linked to kidney failure and even death in dogs. So, long story short, do not feed your dog anything that includes raisins.  


Symptoms of Raisin Poisoning 

Smaller animals, such as dogs and cats, are more susceptible to toxicities because their bodies cannot metabolize the chemicals in raisins. Raisin poisoning should be handled as an emergency; therefore, you will need to receive veterinarian care as quickly as possible.  


Symptoms include: 

  • Vomiting / nausea 
  • Feces containing raisins or grapes 
  • Inability to eat 
  • Weakness 
  • Upset stomach 
  • Excessive thirst and inability to pee  
  • Body shivers 

What Do I Do in Case of Raisin Poisoning?

Call Pet Poison Helpline® at (855) 764-7661 and your veterinarian if you fear that your dog is suffering from raisin poisoning. Time is of the essence while dealing with raisin poison because of its rapid effects. Be aware of what your dog is eating and if they are suffering from poisoning, act quickly.