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Q: Dogs Eating Acorns

November 25, 2008 | By Bandana | 6 answers | Expired: 2113 days ago

Dogs Eating Acorns

My two little dogs - a Jack Russell and a Dachshund/Bull Dog mix - eat acorns. Is this going to make them sick? I have a lot of water oaks in my yard, so naturally I have tons of acorns this time of year. At first I thought they were just playing with them. They would pick them up with their teeth and toss them, chase them as the acorns rolled way, then pick them up again. But after watching them very closely, they are cracking the acorn open after they are done playing with it, spitting out the shell and eating the inner nut. I haven't noticed any change in either of the dogs appetites or bowel habits. They are both as energetic as ever. Both are around three years old. They and my other dogs are fed good quality dog food and are given meat treats and rawhide chews. I'd appreciate any advice.

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Jill R.
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Nov 25, 2008

acorns have tannins in them. Tannins are like astringents and can cause stomach irritation if enough of them are ingested. They are not extremely dangerous, but, I would suggest to keep your dog from eating too many.

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Lucas G.
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Nov 25, 2008

Besides what Jill the Vet said, They may also get an intestinal obstruction warranting surgery if the acorn is to large to be passed. So I would be very careful.

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Heather E.
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Nov 25, 2008

Duchess has eaten acorns too. I have read that acorns can be toxic to dogs and can cause obstructions in the intestines. I don't know why some dogs are attracted to acorns. I have literally had to take them from Duchess' mouth.

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