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Conkers and other things

by | Dec 22, 2017 | Be Aware

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Conkers and other things

by | Dec 22, 2017 | Be Aware

In and around Autumn, plant fruits and seeds appear bountiful. ‘Conkers’ are the seeds of the horse chestnut tree (Aesculus hippocastanum) which grows widely in the UK and across Europe.

 

Watch out for conkers in Autumn

Consequently, fallen conkers can sometimes be a challenge for pet owners. Most dogs remain normal after ingesting conkers or only develop mild gastrointestinal signs only. Thankfully, serious cases of poisoning are uncommon. And in the majority of symptomatic cases, dogs will present with vomiting only, but they may occasionally develop abdominal discomfort, diarrhoea, lethargy, wobbliness, fever, depression and/or tremor.

There is also a potential risk of gut obstruction, particularly if conkers are ingested whole. So it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your pet during Autumn, particularly if they’re playing and foraging near horse chestnut trees.

In such cases, treatment is symptomatic and supportive, and you need to ensure adequate hydration of your dog. If a gastrointestinal obstruction is suspected, surgery may be required. So, don’t delay – and see your vet immediately.

 

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Autumn ‘fruits’ or a poisonous harvest of ‘conkers’ for your dog?

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