This weekend I spent most of my weekend picking up acorns from the backyard. Acorns are a sign that fall is right around the corner and normally any sign of fall is a welcome sign to me since fall is by far my all time favorite season. Acorns however, are one thing that I can do without.
I never minded acorns until Sherman came along and decided they were a delicatessen.
Sherman eats acorns like they are going out of style.
So why is this a bad thing?
Acorns contain gallontannin, which is an acid that can be toxic to dogs and can make them sick with vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping, and in severe cases can cause kidney failure. The acid is in the hard outer shell of the acorn so if the dog chews the acorn the acid is released and can cause a dog to become sick. Not only can acorns be toxic but if swallowed whole they can possibly cause a blockage in the gastrointestinal tract, which is usually seen more so in small breed dogs.
It is said that green acorns are more toxic to dogs than the brown ones and the bigger the cap the more acid it contains.
Now, if you are reading this and starting to panic because you saw your dog eat an acorn over the weekend, take a breath, most likely they will be fine. According to this garden forum, while the lethal dose of acorn toxicity in dogs is not known, a cow would have to to eat 6% of it’s body weight to get extremely sick. Which means Sherman would have to eat over 22 pounds of acorns to possibly become very ill, which to my knowledge, I don’t think I have ever had 22 pounds of acorns laying in my backyard, and I never will because I pick them up almost daily now.
I personally have never seen or heard of a dog that has died from eating acorns, but that doesn’t mean it has never happened. I have seen dogs that have gotten GI upset from eating acorns, Sherman included, which is reason enough for me to not want them in my yard.
So tell me, do you have a dog that eats acorns? Have they ever gotten sick from eating them?
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