Can Dogs Eat Grapes?

Is it safe for your dog to eat Grapes? Read more to find out.

Dogs can NOT eat grapes!Grapes (and raisins) are VERY BAD for dogs. They can be potentially fatal. They are just as – if not more – dangerous  than chocolates, yet far less people are aware that dog’s should not eat grapes!

Dogs that eat grapes will often start throwing up after ingesting them. Vomiting is good so that the grapes do not end up being completely digested.

Once the grapes work their way into the dog’s system, it becomes very dangerous. Almost all dogs that are reported to have eaten grapes eventually develop renal failure, better known as kidney failure.

There still is little known about why grapes are toxic. Possibilities like pesticides, heavy metals, and fungus contamination have been ruled out as causes. Just be sure to keep grapes and raisins far away and out of reach from any dogs.

If your dog eats one or two grapes, it probably isn’t as bad. When my dog was a puppy, it stole a grape that dropped from the kitchen table. He vomited and had diarrhea for a couple days, but he is fine now.

But if your dog eats a handful, seek a veterinarian immediately before it is too late. Fast and aggressive treatment including IV fluids and close monitoring is often necessary for survival.

Keep grapes and raisins away from your dog!


What do other dog owners have to say about whether their dogs can eat Grapes or not? See comments below.

50 Comments on Can Dogs Eat Grapes

  1. Haley

    I don’t think this is necessarily true. I’ve give both of my dogs grapes for years and they’re both in perfect health. Neither have ever gotten sick from this or had diarrhea. I think this is a fruit that needs more research.

  2. Bill

    When I was a kid in the 1950s my grandparents were grape farmers (Thompson seedless) a variety of dogs were out in the vineyard at any one time, none of them could read so none of them knew grapes would hurt them. They all ate the grapes during harvest season and none of them ever got sick that I can remember and they all ate pounds of the things every season–not just one or two. Our present vet said he’d heard this story but has no idea where it came from and since grapes aren’t too wide spread in Alaska doesn’t think we’ll hurt our guys with the occasional treat.

  3. Shayna

    I don’t know the facts on why dogs can or can’t have grapes because i have never given any of my dogs grapes before. But I have been wondering, I know seeds from certain fruits can be poisonous…like apple seeds contain cyanide and peach and plum pits contain cyanide. So maybe its the seeds in grapes that is dangerous? maybe those who have fed their dogs grapes with no adverse effects were feeding them seedless grapes? Anyway, if this hasn’t bee considered or investigated maybe people could consider that?

  4. Rachel

    I don’t know about the whole grape thing, I have heard different stories about it and have not noticed a change when my dogs (one lab mix and one schnauzer) eat them. I have noticed my schnauzer just kind of plays with it and so does my lab and then she eats it. Haven’t noticed any issues with that though. I think it depends on the dog and its allergies. I don’t think it would cause an issue unless the dog already had issues or an illness.
    I only gave them one each but I am going to err on the side of caution and not give them any, , but I love my dogs and don’t want them to be in pain. There is no treat worth loosing your best friend(s).

  5. Chuck

    Wow, all these years who knew! . I have had many dogs over the years, Schnauzers, York Shire Terriers, one cat (tabby, and yes he loved grapes!), mini-poodles, Dobermans, and now a Greyhound. I am a 57 year old male and grew up in a family which allows had at least one four legged family member.
    And yes! From time to time we/I fed everyone of them from time to time green grapes, with the exception of my current girl “Angel” the retired racer (greyhound) and my current Std Schnauzer which have ingested green grapes in the past , but! Not in the last year her is 6 yrs old and in excellent health as is the Greyhound. I would toss a couple to them as a treat, no issues or health problems. All of whom lived to a very ripe old age. From 13-16 yrs (Yorkie 16 yrs layed to rest just this past year, and she! Loved green grapes). She would dance and twirl on her hind legs and paw at us and bark for them in fact) Again in small quantities 3-4 at a time couple days a week. I am also big on organic only when available which in the case of grapes is the only option I would purchase along with berries such as blueberries, blackberries , strawberries, raspberries and bananas and apples, peaches, plums, pears. And most all fresh veggies . I am a Whole Foods shopper . I feed my pets Holistic dry dog food and dog treats.
    So! After of almost 25 yrs! of sharing my grapes with my four legged companions and no serious health issues. I am a bit perplexed about this fact as to toxicity to animals. And all but! Perhaps a couple all mentioned they have a Lab or Lab/mix that suffered renal decease.
    I have read all the posts , so let’s break this down, as we all know certain breeds are prone to different ailments, allergies, health issues etc……..
    After reading a lot of blogs and talking with my vet, there is a increased # of cancers in dogs and cats, which is contributed by mass produced dog/cat foods. This is not regulated and if you look at where the food is made! Ea: China!, in most cases!!! There a RED flag should automatically go up!
    So! That Pedigree, store brand off brand etc.. dog/cat food you been feeding Buster or Miss Kitty, may be harmful and toxic to your animal.
    As I have mentioned I only feed my animals holistic dog food and treats Yes! A bit more expensive!, But!
    At least I know where the food is made and the ingredients put into it. And Not only that! my animals all have healthier coats, no skin irritations, allergies, etc. They have more energy and active they are.
    Even the vet is impressed. So! Yes I spent about 20% more on food and treats annually but! The vet bills are minimal. Just routine annual exams and vaccinations. In fact neither have had dental work and both are 6 yrs old and their teeth are pearly white and healthy gums and breath well most times will not knock you out. Lol.. The Schnauzer breath is not bad. The Greyhound is a different story only because they are prone to dry mouth. So! Extra attention is needed I brush her teeth twice a week . put a couple of squirts of Oratene Veterinarian water additive to their drinking water, which has helped immensely!.
    I have a white Schnauzer and his beard gets stained and since adding this additive to their drinking water it has helped in that regard as well, now his beard is an off white and not this dark dirty brown.
    The holistic dry dog food also he does not have those tear drop stains in the eye area as with dogs with light colored coats often are plagued with.

  6. melanie

    My grandma has a pug named Zoey and she likes grapes.

  7. ben

    I have a white pug named chowder. He was fed about 6-10 grapes and about 30 min later he was experiencing diarrhea vomiting and fatigue. We ended up seeking help from a near by veterinarian center and chowder spent 18 hours at the vet.

  8. Carla

    My 2 yr old rat terrier loves green grapes… And beer. After reading all the comments sounds like possibly allergy is the problem with some dogs. We have 5 rat terriers and a Shepard . The rest don’t eat the grapes, maybe they know better for themselves.. They don’t like beer either, I wonder if there is a connection

  9. Valerie

    My chihuahua always stands by my feet when I am cutting fruits and veggies. She loves them all. I always cut the grapes in half for her else she just rolls them around. And I’ve never had a problem with her vomiting or having diarrhea.

  10. Shirley

    I have a Shih Tzu who is almost 10 yrs. old. My vet wants her to lose a few pounds so he said instead of store bought treats told me a list of fruits and veggies to give her instead and green grapes was one of them. He said not red grapes but green ones were ok. So I wash them and freeze them and she just loves them.

  11. Sheyla

    I have give my dog grapes and nothing happens . He loves grapes . I went to a dogs doctor and they said grapes are usally good for the bones . But though grapes can also be bad for some dogs especially if they are little .

  12. Victoria Beckham

    I wouldn’t try to feed dogs grapes

  13. Victoria Beckham

    I wouldn’t try feeding dogs grapes because it could kill them I don’t know for sure maybe

  14. Tara

    Just spent $1200 on vet and hospital bills for my 7 year old (very healthy lab) because he consumed a small sandwhich bag full of red seedless grapes! Be careful!!! It’s not worth the risk! Keep the toxic grapes away, plenty of other delicious treats your dog can enjoy.

  15. Rick B.

    Fed a golden-retriever-cocker-spaniel mix (about 65 lbs.) 7 or 8 grapes at breakfast one morning, then about four hours later decided to check and pulled up this website. Alarm bells went off, took her to the vet immediately.

    They took a blood sample, all components (including her creatinine level, important marker for kidney function) were within normal range, but said to watch her for 72 hours for things like vomiting, diarrhea, excessive urination. None of those symptoms have appeared, but during the final 48-hour period she seems to not be urinating anything at all, though still consuming normal amounts of water, food, etc.

    She seems OK, but we will take her again for a second blood test today (day 3) as a precaution. Did not know about grapes being toxic, only about chocolate. Avocados and a few other foods are also dangerous for dogs. Will be VERY careful in the future about giving any “people” food to any dog. Vet suggested carrots and apple slices as healthy dog snacks.

  16. Doglover1228

    Well people who say dogs can’t eat grapes I’ve Clarified with my vets and my almost nine year old mastiff ( who is older than most mastiffs ) eats grapes all the time yet he is still alive is it maybe the dog breed that cannot have grapes because my dog is still alive so I don’t get it in fact it seems to be making him live longer I could be wrong but maybe it depends on the type of dog and the type of grapes as long as you don’t put pesticide on your grapes you should be fine. As I said my mastiff eats grapes almost every day just don’t buy the grapes like that and your MASTIFF will live I can’t guarantee another dog breeds.

  17. Briah

    My little pit bull mix had only a lick of jelly that had fell on the floor, you would think that jelly with all the added sugars wouldn’t be a big deal but I was definitely wrong. He got sick for a whole day straight and I’m talking diarrhea and vomiting uncontrollably. KEEP AWAY FROM JELLY OR GRAPES… BOTH HARMFUL.

  18. Max Power

    This is absurd. I never had heard of this until a couple of days ago ! My son noticed i was eating some & asked if i had given his dog any grapes. I said that i had but not today….he went on to tell me about all of this.
    So why does everyone know about chocolate but not grapes ? Then as stated within this blog, even some vets either dont know, or dismiss it. Could be its just certain breeds, or size, or if the pesticides have been washed off first.
    To me the pesticide theory makes the most sense…however Baloo will no longer get any grapes just to be sure.
    But god damn, this info needs to be spread around so its widely known…makes me ill to think i could of killed his best friend…killing an animal in general for that matter.

  19. Michelle

    My mix Daisy loves alot of different food. I have to watch her weight do to her mix. Poor thing has short legs & a very, very deep chest that almost hits the ground. The rest of her body is big in size naturally so her weight can be hard on her back. She loves red seedless grapes something tells me she’ll be fine if I get ger green instead,lol. We just shared a pink lady (apple). She Loves yogurt also so she tryed apple slices for the first time tonight and I dipped a cpl in yogurt. I have to check to see if yogurt is ok. I checked apple which is how I found the site. I am going to give her carrot next. I am sure she’ll love it. What ever Mommy eats, however Mommy won’t let her have everything:( .

  20. Nicole

    My dog bit into a grape and instantly dropped it. He then minutes later vomited profusely and remained in a hunched over position for awhile.

  21. Linda. Warnick

    I had a 10 year old cat with diabetes and gave her shots twice a day. She loved fruit of all kinds then one day I gave her raisins; she died the next day. After that I happened to see an artical about animals and grapes.I definitely would not have given her raisins if.I knew the possible.consiquences. I.loved that cat. I still have her sister who never liked fruits. She is 20 yrs old now.

  22. Frankie

    My dog stole a whole bunch of grapes from the kitchen (she’s and chocolate lab puppy so that’s kind of expected) but she’s completely fine although we won’t let her have any.

  23. Davis

    My Yorkie has been eating grapes, watermelon, oranges, bananas, peaches, peanuts, pecans…for year…and Never has thrown up nor get ill in any way at all.

  24. max castro

    Actually, I’ve been given my dog grapes, but what I do is, I remove the seeds, before giving him grapes, and to tell you the truth, he loves it. I’ve given Watermelon, I’ve given him pineapple, I’ve given him apples, I’ve given him peaches. The only fruit I will not give him are prunes. So like the majority of the people who there comments are, most likely like mine. Investigation should be made, concerning if grapes are safe for dogs, probably, what is dangerous from the grapes, are the seeds.

  25. Tim m

    I have a 6 yr old shitzhu and anytime I have some grapes he comes running. I peel them first and he only is allowed 5 or 6 and he has never shown any adverse reactions.

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