If your dog eats grapes under any circumstances, the very first thing you need to do is to call your vet and book an emergency visit as soon as possible.
Here is a bit more on this and other ways you can help improve the outcome for your dog.
Immediate Veterinary Care
When a dog eats grapes or raisins, it is considered a poisoning emergency and you should definitely be concerned. Taking your dog to the vet promptly will greatly increase their chances of survival.
At the vet’s clinic, your dog will be thoroughly examined to determine the extent of damage already caused by the grapes or raisins. The vet will then determine the most appropriate cause of action depending on how critical the dog’s situation is.
Prepare yourself for the likelihood that your dog may need to be admitted at the vet hospital for further observation and care. However, in very rare situations, you may get to take your dog home on the same day especially if all the grapes did was irritate the dog’s gut.
Call A Dog Poisoning Hotline
If you don’t have a vet on call or close by, a useful alternative will be to call a pet poisoning hotline. For this, just look up pet or dog poisoning control services or helplines in your area.
You can also call the Animal Poison Control service from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) at (888) 426-4435. They are available 24/7, all year round and will help you figure out the next best cause of action to save your dog.
Keep The Dog Hydrated And Comfortable
Once your dog has received adequate vet care and is released to go home, you will still have to ensure that they are well taken care of to guarantee a full recovery.
The most important thing to do is to ensure that your dog is adequately hydrated. This is because they will lose a lot of water from the vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and increased urination during the early stages of kidney failure.
For this, just make sure they have free access to fresh water all day. You can also incentivize them to drink water by adding some bone broth for flavor.
Furthermore, ensure that your dog is generally comfortable as they recover. This means having a clean and safe place to rest.
Comfort for your dog also means avoiding any excessively excitable situations. So keep exercise sessions to a minimum with low intensity activities like walks. You should also avoid any changes to their environment, such as having new pets or strangers in their space while they recover.