Dog Raisin Toxicity Calculator

Created by Mariamy Chrdileli
Reviewed by Hanna PamuΕ‚a, PhD candidate and Steven Wooding
Last updated: Apr 06, 2022

Our dog raisin toxicity calculator will help you to check whether the amount of raisins your dog ate is toxic for it and therefore requires immediate medical attention. 🐢πŸ₯

If your four-legged best friend keeps stealing raisins from your charcuterie board, come along – we will be addressing all your worries and concerns.

Some of the important questions you will get answers to are: if dogs can eat raisins, how many raisins can a dog eat, how many raisins are in an ounce, why are raisins toxic to dogs, what are the symptoms of raisin poisoning, and most importantly, what to do if you spot your dog displaying signs of raisin poisoning. πŸ†˜

How many raisins are toxic to dogs? Dog raisin toxicity calculation

Before answering this question, we have to mention that it is best to avoid feeding your dog any amount of raisins.

The lowest reported raisin toxicity case accompanied by acute kidney injury is 2.8 g/kg. A raisin can weigh anywhere from 0.5 to 1.5 grams, depending on the type and size (small, standard, jumbo); therefore, if your lovely 2-kilogram chihuahua sneakily ate six standard-size raisins, you may need to urgently use emergency veterinarian services πŸ₯ .

If you're still unsure and wondering how many raisins are in an ounce, look no further.

An ounce weighs around 28.34 grams; therefore, there are roughly 28 raisins in an ounce (assuming that the standard, average raisin weighs 1 g); although, keep in mind that raisins come in different shapes and sizes. πŸ˜‰ To stay safe, it is best to use our dog raisin toxicity calculator.

Why are raisins poisonous?

Now that you know how many raisins are toxic to dogs, let's talk about why raisins can be harmful to our beloved four-legged friends. Unfortunately, we do not have a definite answer as to which toxic agent causes kidney damage and other health complications. However, some potential causes have been identified:

  • Mycotoxin is a toxic compound that is produced by fungus or mold. Mycotoxins often colonize crops and infect food we and our pets eat. If your dog eats raisins contaminated with mycotoxins, it can get mycotoxin intoxication, which could be fatal in severe cases if not addressed immediately.
  • Salicylate is a natural aspirin-like chemical that can be found in grapes πŸ‡. Salicylate is thought to decrease blood flow to the kidneys, which may cause hypertension (high blood pressure) and potential renal damage (kidney damage).
  • Metabolic disruption is another potential explanation as to why raisins are dangerous for dog consumption. In general, we should always have in mind that dogs and humans metabolize food differently, and some compounds, such as chocolate, grapes, and raisins, should be taken out of your doggo's menu 🍽️.
  • Tartaric acid and potassium bitartrate - this chemical component and its potassium salt, commonly known as cream of tartar, were recently discovered as potential toxic components in raisins. Three veterinarians decided to send a letter to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Associations. They described their observations about homemade playdough and raisins: both made dogs ill, causing vomiting and renal failure. The authors connected the dots and found a possible culprit: tartaric acid and potassium bitartrate are present in high concentrations in grapes, and cream of tartar is also used in playdough recipes.

What are the symptoms of raisin poisoning?

The most common symptoms that dogs develop after consuming raisins are vomiting and diarrhea. The symptoms usually appear within 6–12 hours and could be accompanied with:

  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dehydration
  • Polydipsia (excessive thirst)
  • Anorexia (decreased appetite)

Within 24-72 hours, kidney failure is likely, which unfortunately is fatal in most dogs.

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What to do if your dog displays symptoms of raisin poisoning

If your dog is displaying symptoms of raisin toxicity and the Omni dog raisin toxicity calculator indicated that your dog devoured a toxic amount of raisins, it is time to act! πŸ†˜ It is best to immediately take your pup to a veterinarian for decontamination πŸ‘¨β€βš•οΈ. To avoid severe kidney damage, it is crucial to block the process of toxin absorption as soon as possible. Depending on how much your dog's kidneys have been affected, your veterinarian may follow the treatment with IV fluids and further medication.

We hope next time your dog looks at your trail mix with puppy eyes πŸ‘€, you won't have to ask yourself – "can dogs eat raisins?" πŸ€”

Mariamy Chrdileli
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The given amount is just a suggestion and should not be taken as a medical advice, please contact your veterinarian if your dog consumed any amount of raisins!
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