Leaf It!

Happy Dogs on Thursday already!  Don’t you love a four-day work week?

This post is brought to you by the command “Leave it!” which happens to be one of Sissy’s best performances.  She’ll at least pick her nose up and look up, without fail…

There’s been a doggy, barfy epidemic in our circle of friends.  Elwood is a city boy.  Abby is the neighbor gal who took basic obedience class with Sis.  And then there’s our own Gretchen Greer…

Seems odd that three dogs who haven’t seen each other lately all had the same symptoms within 72 hours of each other, doesn’t it?

September 2010 008That’s the culprit… the acorn.  There’s a bit of variation in the opinions, but acorns aren’t good for most domestic animals.  The ASPCA says:

Acorns (Quercus spp.) contain a toxic principle called Gallotannin. In cows and horses who repeatedly ingest significant amounts, we have seen potentially severe gastrointestinal irritation, depression and kidney damage. 

Dogs, however, generally do not forage on acorns as livestock do—and even if they do ingest several acorns, it is usually an acute (single) exposure, not a chronic situation. In these cases, we typically only see mild to moderate gastrointestinal upset, which can include vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal discomfort. However, there is also the potential for mechanical irritation (from the sharp fragmented pieces of acorn), and possible obstruction, should a large amount of acorn material become lodged in the GI tract.

September 2010 007

No more of this!!

Got that GG, Elwood, Abby, Sissy and any other pooches crunching on acorns? 

Now the random thunk of acorns dropping on our deck, outbuildings and such is punctuated by “Leave it!”  in the Woods…

We now return you to the happier signs of the approaching fall season.

9 Responses to “Leaf It!”

  1. gMarie Says:

    very interesting. I’m glad I don’t have them falling around my house! g

  2. Sue Says:

    My whole pack loves acorns and yes we have the occasional reappearance of the little pests when someone overindulges, but for the most part, they tolerate them. The vet always warns not to let them eat them, but there are more dogs and way more acorns than I can police.

  3. Nichole Says:

    Interesting post… I hadn’t realized that before… Thanks for the public service announcement! =)

  4. scrabblequeen Says:

    Whew…no oaks in our yard! Altho we do have miss Sashie munching on dropped plums every year…Trust Momma on this one ggrrls, Leave it alone!

  5. Terrie Says:

    I sure hope Gretchen will stop eating acorns!!

  6. Dianne Says:

    Toxic acorns…who knew? Not us!

    Emma, Tara and Cooper

  7. Bubblesknits Says:

    Fluffy would just chase them, batting them under my fridge for me to find 10 years later. LOL Glad you figured out what was causing the problem! 🙂

  8. Sew, Duh, Gah… « Chan Knits Says:

    […] things first.  Pop over to the girls’ blog and read our little doggy bloggy service announcement on a fall hazard we won’t be […]

  9. Knitting It Out Says:

    No more of that indeed! Oh gosh, who the heck knew?!

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