Grapes have been around for centuries and continue to be one of humanity’s favorite fruits because they’re sweet yet not too tart — just enough juice in each bite!
However, the same can’t be said about grapes when it comes to dogs. Is it okay to feed grapes to Chihuahuas? The answer might surprise you!
Grapes are not safe for chihuahuas to eat. Grapes of any kind, whether peeled, seedless or dried (raisins), are harmful to dogs and should never be given to them in any amount. Grape toxicity can manifest itself as tiredness, vomiting, a loss of appetite, and other symptoms. The actual reason for the toxicity, however, is uncertain.
In this blog post, we’ll go over whether it’s safe to feed grapes or not to your Chihuahua, what symptoms you should watch out for, and how much grape toxicity usually costs.
Symptoms of Grape Toxicity
Grape toxicity can cause several chemical imbalances in the body, leading to vomiting and other symptoms that depend on how much your dog ate. Some of the most common clinical signs include:
- Abdominal pain
- Lethargy and fatigue
- Diarrhea or constipation
- A lack of appetite or lost of appetite
- Increased thirst and/or urination
- Muscle weakness
- Acute kidney failure (fatal)
Although these might seem like relatively minor symptoms, they can lead to more serious consequences if not treated. If you believe that your Chihuahua has eaten grapes and may have grape toxicity, take it to a veterinarian as soon as possible for treatment.
What to Do if a Chihuahua Ate Grape?
If you suspect that your Chihuahua ate grapes and may have grape toxicity, call a veterinarian immediately. They may suggest inducing vomiting as soon as possible because the sooner they are out of an animal’s stomach and into their system; the less chance there will be any lasting damage done.
However, if he shows signs like difficulty breathing then you should not induce vomiting until those issues have been resolved first due to how risky it can be.
How Much of a Problem is Grape Toxicity for Chihuahuas?
Since chihuahuas are a small breed of dogs, they are more susceptible to the toxins found in grapes than their larger counterparts.
That means that smaller amounts of grapes can cause grape toxicity, which is why it’s important to ensure that your chihuahua doesn’t eat them at all!
How Much Does Grape Toxicity Cost?
Treatment for grape toxicity will depend on the severity of your chihuahua’s symptoms. For instance, treatment can include stomach flushing in an attempt to rid any remaining grapes or toxins, intravenous fluids therapy, and other medications like anti-nausea drugs.
Due to the fact that chihuahuas are so susceptible to poisoning from grapes, treatment for grape toxicity in chihuahuas can be quite expensive. Grape toxicity treatment costs around $300 to $800 depending on how long it takes for your chihuahua to recover and how severe its symptoms are, so that’s something you should keep in mind if you were considering feeding them grapes.
To put things into perspective, a chihuahua grape poisoning treatment can cost as much as two weekly bags of dog food, give or take! It’s not easy to bring your pet to the vet, but it is well worth it if you want to ensure that they’re happy and healthy.
Safe Treat Options for Chihuahuas
Many fruits are natural treats for Chihuahuas to eat, but they need to be consumed in moderation.
It’s always best to ask your veterinarian before trying something new with your chihuahua just in case! For example, when it comes to fruits, some common alternative treats include:
Many dogs love fruits, but for others, their taste is a bit too tart.
For dogs like this, there are also fruit treats available in the pet store that is specially formulated with an extra-sweet flavor to make them more appealing!
Grapes are poisonous to dogs and should never be fed, even in small amounts. However, many owners do feed them anyway, thinking that they’ll help improve their health. This isn’t true though, since grapes contain compounds that can be harmful harm your dog’s liver and kidneys.
If you suspect that your Chihuahua ate grapes or if they show signs of grape toxicity, call a veterinarian as soon as possible for treatment. In the meantime, provide them with lots of water to help flush out their system.