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Puppy ate grapes.

Species: Dog
Breed: German shepherd
Age: Less than 3 mon
My puppy ate 3 grapes. About 24 hours ago. What do I need to watch for? She is 9 weeks old.



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Are grapes bad for dogs?

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Dr. Marie replied:

Hi, and thanks for your question. Are grapes toxic to puppies? Most likely your pup will be ok. Still, there are some things to look out for.

We don't know why grapes are toxic to some dogs. There are many dogs that can eat grapes every day and never get sick. And then, in some dogs, even a small exposure to grapes can cause serious kidney problems. We have not been able to determine whether it is the seeds, the skin, or what the problem is.

Given that the grapes have been in your dog's system for 24 hours, there isn't much that we can do at this point in terms of prevention. So, what I would recommend is to monitor for symptoms of kidney problems. I would visit the vet if I saw any of the following:

-excessive thirst and/or urination
-vomiting
-lethargy

If you feel like she is not well, then it's best to have her seen. Your vet will likely test her urine and her blood for signs of kidney problems, and if they are present then will place her in the hospital on intravenous fluids.

But, the odds are in your favor. In the vast majority of cases, if a dog eats grapes there are no negative effects seen.

I hope things work out fine!

Dr. Marie.


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Customer reply:

Thank you. But how much longer should I monitor her?


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

This is a tough call. In most cases, if grapes are going to cause problems I would expect to see symptoms (as described above) within a few days.



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