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Can dogs eat raisins?

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Dogs cannot safely eat raisins or other grape products. Even small amounts of raisins can cause poisoning, kidney failure and death. Raisins are believed to be more toxic than grapes because they are more concentrated.

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All varieties of raisins are equally poisonous to dogs. The exact cause of the toxicity is unknown, but cases of grape and raisin toxicity appear to be on the rise according to VCA Animal Hospitals. Dogs that eat raisins should be seen by a veterinarian immediately because there is no cure for raisin poisoning. The treatment involves minimizing the amount of toxins absorbed by the dog's body by inducing vomiting and giving activated charcoal.

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