Keep dogs away from macadamia nuts
With the winter months and holiday season approaching, many people's homes will be filled with baked goods. But some of these tasty treats may pose unexpected health hazards for your pets. Macadamia nuts, especially, are toxic to dogs, even in small amounts.
Signs of toxicity from macadamia nuts are usually seen within 12 hours and may include vomiting, lethargy and mild fever. Your dog may be shaky or weak or unable to rise, and usually the rear legs are more affected than the front.
Since there are no specific tests available to confirm macadamia nut poisoning, veterinarians must base their diagnosis on evidence of exposure and clinical signs. For example, nut fragments may be found in your dog's vomit or stool while additional tests or x-rays may be used to rule out diseases that case similar signs.
While macadamia nut toxicity does not usually cause long-term effects, it can lead to pancreatitis because of the nut's high fat content. Signs usually resolve within 48-72 hours with supportive treatment.
If you believe your dog has eaten macadamia nuts, or if your pet is showing signs of weakness or vomiting, contact your local vet right away. Our experienced and compassionate team at Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin is always available to help. Give us a call with any questions.
Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin
8250 SW Tonka St
Tualatin, OR 97052