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Old 02-18-2013, 12:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Our new backyard is filled with acorns. For the first week we lived here Jade just ignored them, but on Sunday she suddenly got a taste for them. We were in the yard doing so much needed landscaping. Jade was just running around chasing her ball for most of the morning. Then right before we were going in the day I look over and she is just munching on acorns! I told her to drop it which she did, but now every time we go outside she goes on the hunt for acorns! I always thought that they were toxic, but my MIL says her dogs (one of them being Jade's littermate) eat them all the time. I plan on spending the next few days raking up as many of them as I can, but obviously this is going to be an ongoing problem as they will continue to fall from the tree.

So my question is, are acorns really toxic? and if so what do I need to be on the lookout for as far as symptoms go? and any good ideas to keep Jade from eating them? (she is never outside unsupervised)
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Call poison control or your vet to get an official answer.

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Old 02-18-2013, 01:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't know about toxic - but if she gets an intestinal blockage from one, at best you will have an expensive surgery to take it out, and at worst, you won't know until it is too late and you will not have a dog anymore!!!!!! A friend of mine who is married to a cow vet had a lab who had eaten acorns - they didn't notice at first that she was 'off' - by the time they realized something was wrong, most of the dog's intestine had lost it's blood supply and the dog had to be euthanized.

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Old 02-18-2013, 01:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yikes! I hadn't thought about blockage or any of that. Okay raking up all the acorns it is! Plus I guess it is a great opportunity to work on "leave it"
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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My god, I can't keep my girl off sticks, woodchips, and rocks outside. If we had acorns too I'd pull my hair out
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