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I know a lot of people following this page have dogs. I did not know conkers were poisonous to them so be carefully.Conker-collecting season is about to begin, as the horse chestnut tree's seeds tend to fall on the ground in September.

🍁 Conkers and horse chestnut leaves are highly poisonous to dogs if chewed and eaten.
🍁 Conkers can also cause blockages in your pet’s stomach or intestines.
🍁 Serious cases of illness are rare.
🍁 If you think your pet has eaten a conker or the leaves of a horse chestnut tree, contact your vet immediately.

You should keep your eye out for conkers in August, September and October, but few people realise that these nuts can pose a serious health risk to your pet if ingested.

Why are conkers dangerous to dogs? There are two reasons for this. Firstly, they could cause a blockage in your pet’s stomach or intestines. Secondly, they contain a chemical called aesculin, found in all parts of the horse chestnut tree, including the leaves and it is toxic to dogs.

What are the symptoms? Dogs who have eaten or swallowed conkers, they can vomit, collapse, have diarrhoea, get very restless with the discomfort and pain, become severely dehydrated and go into toxic shock. It has also been reported that dogs can experience respiratory paralysis and can die. Signs of illness usually arise after a couple of days but dogs can show signs of being poisoned within one to six hours of consuming the conkers.

If you think your pet has eaten a conker or the leaves of a horse chestnut tree, call 01297 630500 (24hr)
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Clare Flipflops or WelliesHi! I am Clare and I live in glorious East Devon with my family. I love finding new places to explore in the West Country as well as further afield. I hope you enjoy reading and taking inspiration from my blog.

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