Grape and Raisin Toxicity in Exotic Pets

Many pet owners are aware that grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs and cats. The exact reason for the toxicity still isn’t known, but the majority of these domestic pets don’t react well to the fruit. The question becomes, can exotic pets have grapes and raisins, or are they poisonous to them as well? Below, a Dunedin vet weighs in.

Should I Give My Exotic Pet Grapes or Raisins?

Since it’s unclear whether or not grapes and raisins have toxic effects on exotic pets, it’s probably better to be safe than sorry. Some owners have reported kidney issues when feeding their exotics grapes and raisins, and some owners say they’ve fed them before with no problem. Err on the side of caution and avoid grapes and raisins if at all possible. Ask your Dunedin veterinarian more about the possible harmful effects.

Do Grapes and Raisins Have Any Nutritional Benefit?

Grapes and raisins are high in sugar and have no great nutritional benefit. They are not a dietary necessity for any exotic pet. What’s more, there are a lot of other treats that are proven to be fine to feed your pet! Why take the risk of feeding something to your exotic that’s known to be poisonous to cats and dogs?

Consult your Dunedin vet for more about the nutritional value of grapes raisins, as well as what other sweet treats are healthy and safe for your pet.

I’ve Fed My Pet Grapes and Raisins Before and They Were Fine.

Some pet owners report feeding grapes and raisins to their exotics without any issues whatsoever. It’s possible that some pets are immune to the effects of grapes and raisins—some dog owners even report no problems when giving their dog these fruits. The bottom line is that veterinarians, nutritionists, and scientists just don’t know yet if grapes and raisins are safe for exotic pets. If you feel comfortable giving your exotic these treats, no one can prevent you from doing so—be aware, though, of the potential risks. Talk to your Dunedin veterinarian to get his or her opinion.


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