Scientific name

Vitis or Ribes species

Alternate names

Zante currants, raisins, Vitis, black Corinth grapes, Champagne grapes, Ribes

Toxicity to pets

Currants can be confusing! Dried currants sold in the USA are often called Zante currants. They are actually raisins made from small, black grapes called Corinth or Champagne grapes. Zante currants are commonly used in Irish soda bread and scones and can be toxic to dogs and possibly cats and ferrets. True currants (including black, red, and white currants) belong to a different group of plants (genus Ribes) and are not considered toxic to dogs, though stomach upset could occur if a large amount is ingested.

Ingestion of even a small amount of grapes or raisins (including Zante currants) can result in severe, acute kidney failure. Although the mechanism of action is not clearly understood as to how these foods are poisonous, ingestion can result in anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, and potentially acute renal failure.

If you suspect your pet ingested currants, grapes, or raisins, call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline® for assistance!

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The content of this page is not veterinary advice. A number of factors (amount of substance ingested, size of the animal, allergies, etc.) determine what is toxic to a particular pet. If you think your pet has eaten something potentially toxic, call Pet Poison Helpline or seek immediate veterinary treatment.