Grapes and Your Pet

I use to have this wonderful chocolate lab that I absolutely adored that loved to play with grapes. He use to throw them up in the air and roll around on them but never ate them. Of course if he had it wouldn’t have mattered to me, until now!

Today I read this article about grapes and your pet. This time of year I always have grapes in the house as well as 2 dogs I cherish. I wanted to share this information with my readers who also have pets, in the event they are unaware of this fact as well.

Did you know?

Raisins and grapes are forbidden fruit, for they can cause kidney failure in dogs; sadly, many pets have died from ingesting raisins. Although it’s not known exactly why grapes and raisins don’t agree with dogs, veterinary nutritionist Joan Weiskopf, author of Pet Food Nation: The Smart, Easy, and Healthy Way to Feed Your Pet Now (Collins) has a theory: “Grapes are a heavily sprayed crop, and since so many grapes are coming from Chile, I suspect there’s a pesticide that’s causing problems for dogs. Also, raisins are preserved with sulfites, which cause allergic reactions in many dogs.” (Be wary of foods preserved with nitrates, as well, such as sausages and bacon; delicious as these are, they too can trigger allergic reactions in dogs.)

Chances are if you read my blog then you love to cook. In addition to raisins and grapes the article talked about other everyday foods that can harm our pets. To learn more please read this article. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.

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  1. wow, Vicki, who would have ever thought..grapes! I used to give my mini schnauzer bananas and apple pieces when I ate, he loved them and ice! He never really liked grapes…don’t think he enjoyed the chew. Glad I didn’t see any harm in either of the other things in the article you linked. Thanks for sharing.

  2. If those pesticides aren’t good for dogs, I imagine they can’t be too good for us either!

    Of course, we all know chocolate is no good for dogs either. That’s ok, more for me 🙂

    I know at the Guide Dog Foundation, besides the dry dog food and maybe an occasional biscuit, the only other food we can give the pups is a carrot.

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