Grapes are one of the most toxic foods your dog could ever eat. This fruit also ranks high on the list of human food items to never feed your dog. But what about grape products and specifically what about grape jelly? Can dogs eat grape jelly?
What exactly about grapes is toxic to dogs is unknown. So, it is better to not feed any grapes and raisins to your pup without the vet’s consultation. All types of grapes, seeded, seedless, organic, and those used for wines contain toxins. But since grape products have low quantities of grapes in them, maybe it is safe for your dog to eat some?
No. Honestly, any and all products containing grapes are just as toxic as raw grapes, grape jelly included. Just a few grapes can cause adverse reactions in your pooch. Some major health issues that grape toxicity can cause in your pup include diarrhea, vomiting, appetite loss, lethargy, dehydration, kidney failure, and death. Grape jelly contains grapes in small amounts, but even that small amount of grapes may prove fatal to your dog. So, it’s better not to feed them any grape jelly or any grape products at all.
Other than grapes, grape jelly contains a lot of sugar. Too much sugar is neither good for humans, nor dogs. Some health issues caused by eating too much sugar in dogs include diabetes and obesity. And since dogs are more prone to diseases caused by eating excess sugar compared to humans, it is better to lay low on the sugar.
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Symptoms Of Grape Jelly Poisoning
Now that we know that dogs shouldn’t eat grape jelly, there might have been instances where your dog might have sneaked into the kitchen to take a bite of their favorite food without you noticing, jelly included. What are you supposed to do then? Don’t fret. If they had a relatively small amount compared to their body weight, you shouldn’t be alarmed. There won’t be any immediate health issues, but it is better that your dog doesn’t eat grape jelly as it can cause various health issues in the long term. However, if your dog licked the grape jelly jar completely clean, then get to the vet as soon as possible.
The symptoms of grape toxicity usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion. So, if any possible symptoms are seen, make a quick visit to the vet. The symptoms are quite similar to grape poisoning. Some of them include:
- Intestinal Upset
- Appetite loss
The doctor might try inducing vomiting in your dog, to reduce the absorption of the toxin and limit the severity of the symptoms. Just as with raw grapes, the severity determines the treatment. If the case is highly severe, your pooch might require intensive fluid treatment and other kinds of life support.
Grapes and grape-related products will make a dog very sick when they eat some. Sudden kidney failure is the most fatal symptom related to grape toxicity, and grape-related products might also induce this life-threatening symptom. Try not to feed your pup any grapes or grape products. Even if they eat some and appear healthy, discourage them from eating any more. There might not be any immediate issues, but grape toxicity is very fatal in the long term. Get immediate treatment at a vet’s as soon as possible if you find your dog eating grapes.