While it’s fine to offer your pooch small, juicy nibbles of peach occasionally, the pit is a no-no. If he breaks and eats it, he could be in major trouble. Watch him closely for signs of distress. Peach pits can cause choking, gastrointestinal obstruction or cyanide poisoning in dogs. All three conditions are canine medical emergencies that require immediate veterinarian intervention.
If your otherwise healthy dog suddenly paws at his mouth, coughs forcefully and experiences difficulty breathing, the peach pit is probably caught in his larynx. Contact your veterinarian right away.
A peach pit that passes beyond the throat enters another danger zone. The pit can lodge in the gastrointestinal tract, resulting in a blockage. Common symptoms include intense vomiting, which can cause dehydration and possible aspiration of the material into the dog’s lungs. Less common are lethargy, weight loss, severe diarrhea and shock. Your dog’s life may be at stake -- contact your veterinarian immediately. The prognosis is good if he’s treated quickly.
The peach pit kernel contains cyanide, deadly to man and beast. Cyanide poisoning symptoms develop anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours following ingestion. Initial symptoms include excitement and increased respiration, followed by gasping and increased heart rate. Excessive salivation, tearing eyes, vomiting, involuntary voiding of feces and urine, spasms, staggering and collapse into coma occur quickly, shortly before death. The syndrome takes only 30 to 45 minutes to develop.
- WebMD -- Pets: Choking and Reverse Sneezing in Dogs
- The Merck Veterinary Manual: Gastrointestinal Obstruction in Small Animals
- The Merck Veterinary Manual: Overview of Cyanide Poisoning
- Web MD -- Pets: Slideshow: Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat
- Nationwide Insurance Company -- Veterinary Pet Insurance: Toxic Food Guide for Pets -- What Not to Feed Dogs and Cats
- Family Dog Club: Common Foods That Are Harmful or Even Fatal to Dogs
- City of Bossier City Animal Control Division: Bad Foods for Cats and Dogs
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