Can Dogs Eat Muscadines? No, Here’s Why

Muscadines are a grape species native to the southeastern United States. They are used to making wine and jam, but also eaten raw.

Muscadines have more antioxidants than other types of grapes and may be beneficial for humans in some ways, but this does not mean they are good for dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Muscadines? Answer: No.

It is a vital question whether or not you can feed your dog with muscadines. It is because muscadine grapes are one fruit that are not good for your dogs. The reason is that grapes or raisins contain a toxic compound that will damage your dog’s kidneys. So, feeding muscadines to your dog is dangerous.

Although muscadines have several health benefits and nutritional value, it has some risks of the toxic compound in it which will lead to kidney failure in dogs

Also, muscadine grapes are a choking hazard because they have thick skins and seeds. These can also get stuck in your dog’s stomach or intestines, especially if he eats a large amount.

Symptoms of muscadines poisoning in dog

The toxic dose in muscadine grapes and raisins is unknown, but even small amounts of both can prove toxic to dogs and cats. A few grapes or a handful of raisins are all it takes to cause potential problems in pets. Some dogs have eaten large quantities of grapes or raisins with no apparent ill effects, while others have become seriously ill after eating just a few.

If your dog eats too many muscadine grapes or just one large grape, he will probably vomit or have diarrhea. He may also seem depressed, act sluggish or have difficulty breathing if the grape causes his blood oxygen level to drop dangerously low. If you think your dog has eaten any quantity of muscadine grapes or raisins, get him to a veterinarian immediately for treatment.

What to do if your dog eats too much muscadine?

If you suspect your dog ate a muscadine grape, contact your veterinarian immediately. It is important to be as specific as possible regarding how much of the fruit your dog consumed, as well as when he consumed it so that a veterinarian can begin treating him.

If you get your dog to a veterinarian within 24 hours of his eating the muscadine grapes or raisins, he may recover completely with no long-term health problems at all. After 24 hours, however, some dogs still do not recover even with aggressive treatment.

Other fruits toxic for dogs

Avocado: The leaves, fruit, seeds and bark of avocados contain persin, a fungicidal toxin that can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.

Cherries: Cherry pits, stems and leaves contain cyanide, which can cause your dog’s oxygen levels to drop and lead to shock.

Grapes and raisins: While the toxic substance within grapes and raisins is unknown, these fruits can cause kidney failure. Until we know more information about the underlying cause for the toxicity, it is best to avoid feeding grapes and raisins to dogs.

Macadamia nuts: These nuts can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs.

Peaches: Peach pits contain cyanide so they should be removed before feeding peaches to your dog. The pits also pose a choking hazard.

Plums: Plum pits contain cyanide.

Raspberries: Raspberries are safe for dogs to eat, but the leaves of raspberry plants are toxic to dogs.

Vegetables that are toxic for dogs

Vegetables are not only useful for people but also can be part of a daily diet for dogs. They contain a sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals, which is why they should be fed along with meat. However, there are some products that should not be given to pets, because they are toxic for their stomachs.

Onions, garlic and shallots

Garlic and onions contain a toxic substance called thiosulfate, which causes hemolytic anemia in dogs. It is dangerous if eaten raw or cooked in large quantities. You should never add these vegetables to dog food yourself.

Tomatoes

The stems and leaves of tomatoes contain solanine, which has a negative effect on the nervous system of dogs. In addition, green unripe fruits contain too much acid that is harmful to the stomachs of animals. Therefore, tomatoes should only be given to your dog after cooking.

Rhubarb

The shoots and leaves of this plant contain oxalic acid salts, which cause gastrointestinal irritation and necrosis of the liver and kidneys when consumed by pets. Therefore, they must be removed before cooking rhubarbs as food for dogs.

Potatoes

This vegetable contains solanine, a potentially toxic compound that can cause diarrhea and vomiting if eaten by your dog in large quantities. The green potatoes themselves may be more toxic than ripe ones because they have a higher level of solanine.

Alfalfa Sprouts

Alfalfa sprouts contain the amino acid L-canavanine, which has been shown to cause autoimmune diseases in dogs. Additionally, alfalfa sprouts are very high in fiber, so they can cause gas and bloating in dogs.

Mushrooms

Be careful of mushrooms that grow in the wild, they could be poisonous to dogs. If you think your dog has eaten a mushroom, watch out for vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and changes in the urine color.

Fruits that are safe for dogs

Fruits are naturally sweet and dogs love them, so they’re also great for assisting in training. But not all fruits are safe for dogs to eat, so it’s important to keep this in mind when treating or rewarding your dog.

Here’s a list of fruits that are completely safe for dogs:

Apples

Mild in taste and easy to digest, apples are a safe fruit for dogs. Just be sure to remove the core and seeds first because they contain small amounts of cyanide, a toxic compound. If a dog ingests too much cyanide, it can cause breathing issues, heart problems and even death.

Bananas

These are another mild fruit that’s usually well-received by dogs. It’s perfectly fine to share a banana with your dog as a treat or add it to their food. However, you should avoid giving them banana chips because they often contain added sugar, which isn’t good for your dog.

Blueberries

Blueberries are an antioxidant-rich snack dogs will love. They’re low in calories so you shouldn’t limit how many you give as treats. However, if your dog has diabetes or is overweight, it’s best to keep their consumption in check.

Watermelon

This juicy fruit makes a great treat on hot summer days because it’s made up of 92% water. You can give the flesh to your dog but dispose of the rind and seeds because they can cause digestive upset.

Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe is another tasty option for you and your furry friend! Like other fruits on this list, cantaloupes have many health benefits for both humans and your pup.

Honeydew

Honeydew is also a great source of fiber, folate, potassium and various vitamins. It’s also low in calories which makes it a good treat for puppies who need to watch their weight.

Conclusion

No, dogs cannot eat muscadines. They are poisonous to dogs.

This is true even if the muscadine grapes are seedless or dried into raisins. The exact compound in grapes that causes the toxicity has not been confirmed, but it’s thought that salicylate naturally found in grapes causes a reduction in blood flow to the kidney and kidneys shutting down.

Signs of grape toxicity in dogs include vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite and abdominal pain. If you suspect your dog has eaten any type of grape, take him immediately to the veterinarian for treatment.

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Dr Harunur Rashid (Harun) is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine who has five years of experience in large pet animal medicine. He worked as a livestock officer for two years in an NGO, and since then he has been practicing pet animals medicine privately. He holds an MS in Pharmacology from Bangladesh Agricultural University and a DVM from the same institution.