Why acorns are poisonous to dogs

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Why acorns are poisonous to dogs

Autumn is coming. Whether you like it or not at all. (Falling) acorns have a strong attraction for some dogs, and especially often also puppies. They take them in their mouths, play with them, chew them or even swallow them. However, the combination of acorns and dogs can be a dangerous one. Below you can read why acorns are poisonous for your puppy and also for your adult dog.

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Can dogs eat acorns?

The answer is short and simple: ‘new’. Acorns contain the substance ‘tannin’. This substance can cause poisoning in your dog and can cause damage to, among other things, intestines, kidneys, lungs and blood vessels. This won’t immediately happen to your dog when he chews on one acorn, so don’t panic right away. But as a loving dog owner, you don’t want to run the risk at all, do you? So in this also applies, prevention is better than cure.

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Green acorns vs brown acorns

You may have noticed that many acorns that fall from the tree are currently still green in color. Green acorns are still immature acorns that actually ‘fall’ too early. Especially now that we are still in the middle of summer. Green acorns contain (even) much more tannin than ripe, brown acorns. So you have to be even more careful with green acorns. Green acorns are also poisonous to other animal species, such as horses and sheep!

The green leaves of an oak tree also contain a lot of tannin.

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When to consult a vet

As described above, you do not have to panic immediately when your puppy or adult dog has (had) an acorn. A dog is generally not poisoned by a single acorn.

Still, it is generally impossible to keep an eye on your dog every second during the walk in the park or forest with plenty of oak trees, or perhaps in your backyard with oak trees. If your adult dog or puppy does not feel well after a walk in ‘acorn rich’ area and shows one or more of the symptoms below, it is wise to immediately consult a veterinarian and also indicate that your dog may have eaten acorns :

  • Your dog is getting sluggish
  • Your dog seems disoriented
  • Your dog is or seems nauseous (and may vomit)
  • Your dog seems to be having a really bad stomach
  • Your dog has diarrhea and/or an abnormal, dark color urine

Depending on, among other things, the age and complaints of your dog, the vet will decide how best to act and what to do.

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Prevention is better than cure

As far as acorns are concerned, you have to be somewhat careful with your dog. Without being able and having to avoid all the acorns that fall (some dogs don’t even care about it and have no interest at all), it is wise to exchange the acorn in your dog’s mouth for something tasty or a toy for example. Autumn is and remains a wonderful season, we wish you and your dog(s) a lot of walking fun!

Want to know what else your puppy or adult dog can’t or can’t eat? Then check out the ultimate list with 125 things your dog can and cannot eat!

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