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My dogs ate grapes

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my dogs ate grapes
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

What does your dog weigh and how many grapes were eaten? 1/2 of a grape per pound of body weight could be worrisome although grape toxicity is idiosyncratic; in other words, most dogs can eat grapes to their heart's content without harm.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it's my two dogs one terrier mix puppy who weighs 7 lbs and one terrier mix who might have greyhound in her who weighs 17lbs. I'm not sure who ate how much because I wasn't home. it was 6 grapes really large ones tho about the size of 2 normal grapes
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

That would be enough grapes to cause acute renal failure in either of your dogs but this isn't a common poisoning. Rather than induce emesis in both of your dogs, I would, instead, watch for the signs of renal failure which include vomiting, anorexia, lethargy, diarrhea, abdominal pain (as evidenced by vocalization and "splinting" of the abdomen), and weakness seen 12-24 hours post-ingestion. Should any of those symptoms arise, a vet visit is in order. I suspect that nothing of the sort will occur and your dogs will remain unaffected.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
should I induce vomiting with hydrogen peroxide? to be on he safe side?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

How long have you been gone from the house?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
since 9:00
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
California time
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I got back around 10:30
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Thank you. There wouldn't be any grapes left in their stomachs to evacuate and so inducing emesis isn't appropriate. It's best to simply "watchful wait". I can't set a follow-up in this venue and so would appreciate your returning to our conversation with an update - even after rating - at a time of your choosing.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
even tho it's only been 2 1/2 hours it's already going thru them?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Yes, the stomach should be empty and the rest of the transit time through the GI tract varies from 4-12 hours.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ok thank you I will keep a sharp eye on them!
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Sounds good!