Acorn eating dog poorly

(49 Posts)
Mynewmoniker Fri 04-Oct-13 19:33:55

One of my dogs ate quite a few acorns yesterday and is ill today sad. He was only given a raw egg this morning after having the squits on his morning walk. Then this evening he's vomited water and wouldn't eat the boiled rice we cooked for him. I didn't have any chicken so I put a little foil wrapped salmon in jelly cat food with it and he wouldn't eat this either'

Any vets/animal nurses with tips?

RandomMess Fri 04-Oct-13 19:36:14

You need to ring the vets!

ClaimedByMe Fri 04-Oct-13 19:37:01

I am sure I have seen a thing on shared on facebook about acorns beings harmful to dogs, have you googled?

Tillypo Fri 04-Oct-13 19:50:47

Acorns can cause obstructions in the intestines. So a trip to the vets might be best.

Lilcamper Fri 04-Oct-13 19:51:09

Call the vet!

SnakeyMcBadass Fri 04-Oct-13 20:27:02

Agree with the vet suggestion. Hope he's not too poorly.

Mynewmoniker Fri 04-Oct-13 21:59:00

Took him to the vets at 9pm. He was vomiting brown stuff and blood. Then drinking loads of water. The vet said he didn't have a temperature and his skin dropped back quickly so he wasn't dehydrated at this point. He gave him an anti-vomit injection then a injection to help line his stomach.

I have to take him back tomorrow unless he gets worse tonight. sad

PLEASE out for your dog eating acorns. There are a lot about at the moment.

Floralnomad Fri 04-Oct-13 22:33:46

I'm surprised they didn't keep him in if he's vomiting blood and what sounds like old blood ( brown stuff) . I hope he has a good night and feels better tomorrow .

Mynewmoniker Fri 04-Oct-13 23:53:36

Had to rush him back in about 11pm as he was vomiting and drinking loads and then urinating fresh blood! It was awful. He staying the night on a drip which he stood like a good-un to have put in.

Had a good cry but now crossing fingers to see how he is tomorrow morning between 9 and 10am.

I didn't know if the brown stuff was acorn coming up Floralnomad. I definitely knew it was fresh blood as there must have been a mugful's worth and it stank like fresh blood.

Sparklyboots Fri 04-Oct-13 23:55:33

Oh bad luck x Hope he's a bit more comfortable now. And mending xx

Mynewmoniker Fri 04-Oct-13 23:57:17

Thanks all for your good wishes.

He was still wagging his tail all this time.

pigsDOfly Sat 05-Oct-13 00:04:49

Wish him well. Hope all is well tomorrow.

Floralnomad Sat 05-Oct-13 00:13:18

Sounds like he is in the best place for tonight x

Tillypo Sat 05-Oct-13 00:16:57

Hope he is feeling better xxx

Mynewmoniker Sat 05-Oct-13 00:33:43

Had to have a large glass of wine so that I will sleep. I will be sleeping with my fingers crossed. Nite nite, X

Floralnomad Sat 05-Oct-13 13:29:35

Any news today ?

Mynewmoniker Sat 05-Oct-13 20:47:28

Vet phoned this morning. He isn't in a collapsed state but in mess with kennel full of runny poo and lots of blood this morning. Kept on drip all day and did a clear wee. No more vomiting. Blood tests indicate no liver or kidney damage but still runny poo with lots of blood.

Hope this is the toxins leaving!

In on a drip for another night.

Poor love.

Thanks for asking.

Will try and update tomorrow.

Sparklyboots Sat 05-Oct-13 20:53:06

Good news so far, lovely. Hope he's okay tomorrow x

coffeeinbed Sat 05-Oct-13 20:55:14

Hope he's better tomorrow.
poor pup.

Hope everything works out for him.

PseudoBadger Sat 05-Oct-13 21:03:33

I hope he's ok. Not sure where you live but could it be Seasonal Canine Illness?

todaysdate Sat 05-Oct-13 21:07:40

Is he bleeding from multiple places?

Tillypo Sat 05-Oct-13 21:12:36

Hope he is starting to feel better.

Mynewmoniker Sun 06-Oct-13 11:06:39

He was vomiting blood and pooing blood in vast runny amounts. Mostly fresh! It wasn't clotting. The kitchen was like an abattoir! Hence the toxic theory? todaysdate

He had been chomping on acorns.

Had my morning update and he's got through the night with no blood seen and is beginning to get an appetite. Just waiting to see if poo is firmer today. Still on drip and anti-vomiting and vet seems hopeful that if he's OK tonight he can come home tomorrow.

Sorry to be so graphic but I think it's important in case it happens to your dog.

Mynewmoniker Sun 06-Oct-13 11:13:08

Pseudobadger he didn't have a temperature and had fresh blood instead of poo sometimes. Blood wasn't mentioned in reports of Seasonal Canine Illness.

waikikamookau Sun 06-Oct-13 11:18:23

my dog got hold of an acorn, this thread has made me aware not to let her again
she got hold of a toadstool also but I stopped her knowing they could be poisonous,

PseudoBadger Sun 06-Oct-13 11:35:00

Sorry Mynew, I was going on this list of symptoms

I hope he's much better soon smile

Mynewmoniker Sun 06-Oct-13 11:52:01

No probs Badger smile. Thanks for your concern.

Floralnomad Sun 06-Oct-13 13:01:01

Fingers crossed he gets home tonight .

Mynewmoniker Sun 06-Oct-13 13:38:02

It'll be tomorrow Floralnomad and I'm going to sleep with everything crossed wink

pigsDOfly Sun 06-Oct-13 13:41:21

Glad to hear he sounds as if he's on the mend Mynew. Hope he'll be home with you soon. Sounds like you've both been through the mill.

A few weeks ago my dog ate part of a walnut - I think it was partly nut, partly the outer casing - (we were in the part of our local park reserved for dogs) and thankfully immediately vomited it back up. Thankfully the season has passed now but I think walnuts are also something to watch out for.

Floralnomad Sun 06-Oct-13 13:44:00

Dare I ask if he's insured , a friends dog had to stay on a drip for a few days and the bill was huge !

moosemama Sun 06-Oct-13 14:27:54

Op, I am so glad you're boy is starting to recover. It does sound like classic acorn poisoning, poor thing. sad

Thank you for raising awareness of this. We have an enormous oak tree at the end of our drive and my puppy is obsessed with the acorns. I keep going out and sweeping them all up, but it's relentless at this time of year. Our local park also has a huge row of mature oaks that we have to avoid. Fortunately I already knew about acorn toxicity before we got him, but dh didn't and I had to run out there in my pjs one day to warn him when I saw pup mouthing one.

It might be important for people to be made aware that it's not just the acorns either. It's actually Oak Toxicity and ingesting leaves or even water that leaves have fallen into can also be dangerous.

Mynewmoniker Sun 06-Oct-13 15:23:16

No not insured blush. Many other money outlays recently so I stupidly risked it for this dog who we get the feeling is going to be trouble.

Hindsight's a great thing eh?

We've been getting cost updates and at the moment they have been kept reasonable. We made vet aware we were on a tight budget and needed constant financial updates and possibly to pay in instalments.

but...experience of insurance not working when we needed it in the past or having to pay vast amounts up front anyway.

pigsDOfly Sun 06-Oct-13 15:24:47

Yes, you're absolutely right Moosemama about making people aware.

Owning my first ever dog I have made sure I found out about foods that dogs mustn't eat and a lot of other things/plants that are poisonous for them but I had no idea that oak is so dangerous.

My dog likes to eat the outer casings of beechnuts (another tree in the park) and I was pretty worried when I caught her at it but thankfully it seemed to have no ill effect, although someone did tell me they caused her dog to have diarrhea.

I must admit I do find myself watching my dog like a hawk when we're out there seems to be so many things that can harm them.

moosemama Sun 06-Oct-13 19:09:34

I think this time of year is particularly tricky with all the leaves, nuts, seeds and berries etc falling. We went for a walk today and I found myself becoming hypervigilant as we walked through the wooded part.

Mynewmoniker Mon 07-Oct-13 17:05:59

MY BABIE'S HOME!!! Still on a few drugs and has lost weight but he's home!!!

She followed me everywhere when I got in from work!

DH took him for a short walk with the other acorns allowed then fed him his special diet and she's settled for a nap.

Thanks for all your support through this and...


Mynewmoniker Mon 07-Oct-13 17:10:30

Oops She(?) followed me everywhere...

He didn't have a sex change grin

Tillypo Mon 07-Oct-13 17:14:38

Really glad he's home and on the mend.

moosemama Mon 07-Oct-13 17:28:17

Oh that's fantastic news.

I'm so pleased he's home. smile

pigsDOfly Mon 07-Oct-13 21:06:01

Wonderful news Mynew.

Really pleased he's on the mend.

Sparklyboots Mon 07-Oct-13 21:08:42

Whew! Never has a clue about that stuff being toxic. I had a series of nice but dim dogs (lurchers with too much whippet in them) whom I am retrospectively amazed that they survived this time of year.

waikikamookau Tue 08-Oct-13 08:50:36

glad he is on the mend. thanks for the update. expensive acorns!

Mynewmoniker Tue 08-Oct-13 17:23:57

Bill was around £450. I think that's very reasonable with the list of drugs and care.

On a past insurance I would have had to pay the first £500 of any bill.

He's on a long lead for his walks at the moment and thinking of buying a muzzle for the moment.

moosemama Tue 08-Oct-13 17:46:20

Gosh that is reasonable. I have a feeling our vets would have charged double that at least.

Muzzle might be a good idea, but also work on his 'leave' and 'drop' too, as then hopefully you will be able to get him give up anything you don't want him to eat. Kikopup 'Leave' series of videos here.

Floralnomad Tue 08-Oct-13 18:25:35

That's an excellent price ,especially considering it was a weekend .

Mynewmoniker Fri 11-Oct-13 23:01:01

Took him back to vet today and all OK! He had a higher than normal liver score during the episode but the vet said he should be OK and have no damage as there was no sign of jaundice.

He told me of cattle that have died eating acorns!

I bought him a muzzle today so that I can let him free off the lead to run with the other dogs. I was worried about letting him off a long lead you see. It was quite funny because I put the muzzle on him, let him off the lead and walked some way forward. When I turned to see what he was up to he was just sat there looking astounded where I left him as though in protest!

I'll just use it whilst the acorns disappear.

Tillypo Fri 11-Oct-13 23:46:56

Glad everything has worked out for the little fella.

Owllady Sat 12-Oct-13 14:44:54

i am glad to hear he is okay

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