Peach Pits Poisoning in Dogs

Peach Pits Poisoning in Dogs - Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, Recovery, Management, Cost

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Anemia / Diarrhea / Lethargy / Seizures / Shaking / Vomiting

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Anemia / Diarrhea / Lethargy / Seizures / Shaking / Vomiting

Peach Pits Poisoning in Dogs - Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, Recovery, Management, Cost

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What is Peach Pits Poisoning?

Believe it or not, peach (apricots, cherries, and plums) pits can be fatal to your dog. These pits are dangerous for three reasons. For one thing, your dog can choke on them, causing strangulation and death within minutes. In addition, the pits can cause a blockage in your dog’s intestine, which can also be fatal. However, the main reason that peach pits are dangerous to your dog is that they have amygdalin in them, which is toxic, and can cause kidney failure and death within a few days. The foliage of the peach tree is poisonous as well, so if you have any peach (apricot, cherry, or plum) trees on your property, you should be sure your dog is not able to get to the downed fruit, stems, or leaves. Your dog can get acute poisoning if a large amount of peach pits or foliage is consumed at one time, or chronic poisoning if a small amount is eaten over a period of time. The latter is equally as toxic because a dog’s body is unable to process or rid the body of the amygdalin, so it just builds up until a toxic amount is reached.

Peach pits are poisonous to your dog because they (as well as apricots, cherries, and plums) have something called cyanogenic glycosides (amygdalin) inside them, which is a form of cyanide. This toxin slows down the enzymes in your dog’s body that are essential to transport oxygen in the blood. If your dog eats enough of them, amygdalin poisoning can be dangerous and even fatal. For example, if you have peach trees, and your dog eats the peaches off the ground, it will not take too much to make him sick. As a matter of fact, the stems and leaves are also toxic, and can be dangerous for your dog if he consumes them.

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Symptoms of Peach Pits Poisoning in Dogs

The symptoms of both acute and chronic peach pit poisoning are similar, but with chronic poisoning, the symptoms are much milder and come on slower. This makes chronic poisoning much harder to diagnose. The most common symptoms of peach pit poisoning are:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Anorexia
  • Breathing problems
  • Bright red gums and mucous membranes
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Coma
  • Confusion
  • Convulsions (seizures)
  • Coughing
  • Death
  • Dehydration
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Dilated pupils
  • Drooling
  • Fever
  • Gastrointestinal irritation
  • Hyperventilation
  • Lethargy
  • Panting
  • Shivering
  • Shock
  • Skin irritation
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Tremors
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness

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  • Acute peach pit (amygdalin) poisoning occurs when your dog ingests a toxic amount of peach pits (or foliage) at one time
  • Chronic peach pit (amygdalin) poisoning occurs over time if your dog is eating a small amount of peach pits (or foliage) over a period of time
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Causes of Peach Pits Poisoning in Dogs

The cause of peach pit poisoning in dogs is the accidental or intentional ingestion of peach pits, which have toxins in them. The amygdalin (cyanogenic glycosides and amygdalin) slows down the body’s ability to deliver oxygen through the blood to the tissues and organs. This slowly suffocates the body, causing loss of consciousness, coma, cardiac arrest, and death among others.

  • Peach pits
  • Peach tree leaves
  • Peach tree foliage
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Diagnosis of Peach Pits Poisoning in Dogs

Your veterinarian will be able to diagnose your dog through your description of his symptoms and what you believe he ate. Additionally, the veterinarian will need to know about your dog’s medical history, any previous illnesses and injuries, and changes in behavior or appetite. The veterinarian will do a complete physical examination, which includes heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, body temperature, height, weight, and reflexes.

It is also necessary to complete some tests on your dog, such as a complete blood count (CBC), biochemistry profile, blood gas, and urinalysis. The veterinarian will also perform liver and kidney function tests, as well as some radiographs (x-rays) to determine the amount of damage that has been done. Kidney and liver biopsies may also be needed.

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Treatment of Peach Pits Poisoning in Dogs

Even if you get your dog to the veterinarian right away after the symptoms have started, treatment may not be successful. By the time the symptoms are evident, the damage done by amygdalin is not reversible, and can be fatal. However, the veterinarian will admit your dog to the hospital and provide oxygen and IV therapy. There are several medications that are effective for peach pit poisoning, which are hydroxylamine hydrochloride, dimethylaminophenol, and amyl nitrite.

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Recovery of Peach Pits Poisoning in Dogs

The chances of recovery are poor, since the medication to treat peach pit poisoning is toxic as well. If your dog recovers, lifespan is shortened depending on the amount of kidney and liver damage that is already done.

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Peach Pits Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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My dog ate one peach pit . About 4 hours ago. He has no symptoms what should I do

Aug. 6, 2020

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Jessica N. DVM

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Hello- Thank you for your question. I would recommend taking him to your vet right away. The pits can be toxic, but my other concern would be that depending on its size it could become lodged in your dogs stomach or small intestine and cause an intestinal blockage that would require surgery. If you go to your vet now they can take x-rays to see if they can visualize it in the stomach. If it's still there they may be able to make him vomit to get it up. Take care!

Aug. 6, 2020

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Boxer and pit

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Very Little Stool Compared To What He Normally Does

He's active and everything very playful the only thing is I changed his dog food day before yesterday and he eats very little of that when I talk to a vet the night that he ate it he told me to put peroxide in him and walking and I did that and he threw up the pieces and everything that I just want to make sure that he's okay is there any symptoms that I should be looking for

July 28, 2020

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Thank you for your question. If he is not vomiting, and seems okay otherwise, you may be able to feed him a bland diet of boiled white chicken and boiled white rice for 2-3 days and see if that gets his GI tract back to normal. If he is still having problems after that, having him seen by your veterinarian would be best. I hope that he is okay!

July 30, 2020

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Lethergy, Occasional Shaking, Vomiting, Diarrhea

Hello, My neighbor has a peach tree that drops i ripe peaches in our yard. My dogs eats them everyday and chews on the pits. He is not always sick, but intermittently vomits, shivers, eats grass, and has diarrhea. Should I be concerned that he is being poisoned or getting long term damage?

July 24, 2020

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Thank you for your question. I think that may be a valid concern, yes. If he has intermittent GI upset, it seems that the peach pits may not be good for him. I hope that all goes well for him.

July 24, 2020

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Possible Bowel Obstruction

My pup ate a peach pit yesterday. We called our vet and she told us to monitor her. She isn’t showing any signs of poisoning, and is still eating and drinking. However, she has squatted to poop twice and nothing came out. I’m worried about a bowl obstruction. Should I take her in or give her another chance to try to pass it? She ate it yesterday around noon.

July 12, 2020

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Dr. Ellen M. DVM

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Hello, thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear that your dog ate a peach pit! It's hard to know whether your dog may have an intestinal obstruction, or whether she might be having some diarrhea due to eating things she shouldn't have (like a peach pit). Often, when a dog has diarrhea, they will continue to squat and strain even if all of the stool is gone from their colon, because their intestines are so irritated. I recommend that you take her to the vet immediately if she starts to vomit, isn't wanting to eat, or if you notice blood in her stool if she passes any. If she seems otherwise normal but is not improving in the next 24 hours, I would recommend that you take her to the vet. I hope that your pup starts feeling better soon!

July 12, 2020

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Shaking And Shivering

When we returned home from a wedding last night, he was shaking and shivering. He is still doing it this morning and his ears are back. He ate fine this morning. He doesn’t appear to have diarrhea and he hasn’t vomited. I am getting concerned that he might have eaten something he shouldn’t, although I don’t know what. He was locked up while we were gone, but he tends to eat things he shouldn’t. He could possibly have been bitten by something, but we can’t find any marks in him either. Should I make him vomit?

July 11, 2020

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Thank you for your question. Making him vomit doesn't seem to be the best course of action at this point, partly because you don't know what he might have eaten, and partly because it has been more than 2 hours since he may have eaten anything. He also doesn't seem to be showing any GI signs. Dogs will shake or shiver if they are scared, anxious, or painful. If he continues to have this problem, having him seen by a veterinarian would be best. I hope that all goes well for him.

July 11, 2020

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Mungtas

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I was feeding my dog a small peach because she enjoys eating them. she was nearly finished eating her peach when I noticed she has accidentally eaten the whole peach pit.nothing bad has happened yet but I'm worried something will happen to her overnight while everyone is asleep and she sleeps outside. I'm worried something bad will happen to her in the next few days, should I be worried? please get to me asap

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Greysen

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Greysen accidentally swallowed a peach pit whole that was lying around and he has a good appetite and doesn't seem to have any serious symptoms yet but I am extremely worried and don't know what to do. Please get back to me as soon as you can.

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Hello, I have a 1.5 year old French Bulldog he weighs 28 lbs and I just found him chewing on a peach pit (10 min ago). It was left in pieces but I have no idea if he ate any of it. He normally throws up when he drinks water too fast or eats to fast. Should I take him to the vet? He hasn't yet showed any signs but I am worried as I seen they were poisonous.

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Coco

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Vomiting

Yesterday at about 7:00 pm , coco accidentally swallowed a whole nectarine pit . We tried giving him the hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting but woke up vomiting about 3:45. He weighs about 50lb and the only symptom is vomiting. He is acting normal and has eaten like he has always done. So far in all the vomiting he has done the nectarine pit has not come out yet. Do you think he might be able to digest it and It might come out I’m his stool or should we take him to the vet to induce more vomiting. He hasn’t vomited this morning yet and his stool is kind of loose sometimes.

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Little Man

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My 10 lb miniature dachshund just ate an entire peach. He didn’t eat the pit (I found it in tact on the ground). In case it’s pertinant - he’s had pancreatitis in the past (several months ago) and I’ve been feeding him a low fat diet for about a month now because he seems to have sensitive digestion. I can’t get ahold of my vet. Please advise.

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