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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Apples = cyanide poisoning?

My niece and I went apple picking over the weekend and brought home a huge bag of apples to share. Of course, Waldo was intensely curious about the bag too. On Monday, he managed to steal an apple and played with it/ate it over the course of an hour or so. I thought "oh, how cute!" when I noticed that he ate it from the bottom-up (core and all).

Well, not so cute as I have since learned that the seeds in apples are not good for dogs. The seeds contain cyanogenic glycosides that break down as cyanide when digested. Not good. I can't seem to find any information on the levels of toxicity, but I can only assume that he will be okay since he is still alive and kicking two days later. Now I feel foolish for thinking that it was cute and at least the apple would give him more fiber in his diet.

1 comment:

Melisa said...

Hey Linda,
My vet recently told me that giving Roxie apples (not the core though) and other fruits OTHER THAN GRAPES/RAISINS (deadly in lg. amounts) is actually fine. I bet that Waldo would have to eat many apple seeds to be affected...Don't worry!

I agree with your assessment that since he's fine 2 days later, he should be good to go.

Have a good day!