Do you enjoy eating golden raisins? Many people do! Golden raisins can be part of a healthy diet! And we’re pretty sure your dog is probably begging when he sees you eating golden raisins! However, are golden raisins safe for dogs to eat? Can golden raisins make a dog sick?
Has your dog eaten golden raisins? Are you worried that golden raisins will make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something he shouldn’t.
In this article, we’ll take a look at golden raisins and whether or not they can make your dog sick. Let’s get started!
What are Golden Raisins?
To start with, we must say that regular (dark) raisins are very different from golden raisins. The difference is how the raisins are processed. Both types of raisins come from grapes. However, dark raisins are usually sun-dried for about three weeks, which causes their dark brown color.
On the other hand, golden raisins are dried in large dehydrators, with controlled temperatures and humidity levels. In addition, the golden raisins are also treated with sulfur dioxide, which is an antioxidant, which is used as a preservative in white wine, dried fruit, and even used in health supplements. It’s this drying process that causes golden raisins to have a lighter color and flavor.
So, dark raisins and golden raisins, while coming from the same fruit, are entirely different from one another. While golden raisins can be healthy for humans, what about dogs? Can golden raisins make a dog sick?
Golden Raisins & Dogs
Unfortunately, golden raisins (and all raisins) are toxic to dogs. Scientists are not sure exactly what substance in the raisins is toxic; however, it is known that raisins are toxic to dogs.
Eating golden raisins (dark raisins or even grapes) can even lead to death.
Symptoms of Golden Raisin Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten golden raisins:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Increased thirst and/or urination
- Kidney failure (which can be fatal)
If your dog shows any of these symptoms, then call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.
The vet may try to induce vomiting in order to rid your dog’s system of the golden raisins & their toxin. After this, the vet may treat your dog with IV fluids for the next 36 to 72 hours. They will also treat other symptoms as they arise.
The prognosis depends on how soon the dog receives medical treatment. If the vet can treat the dog soon after the dog’s eaten the golden raisins, there’s a good chance the dog will make a full recovery. However, in dogs that have developed kidney failure, the survival rate is about 50/50.
So, if your dog has eaten golden raisins, seeking help from the vet is imperative to save your dog’s life.