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Attention! Dog shouldn't be playing with chestnuts


There is a lot to discover for your dog in autumn: rustling leaves, sticks and chestnuts invite you to play. But be careful with the beautiful red-brown fruits. Your dog could accidentally swallow them, which can lead to an intestinal obstruction. The autumn walk is fun even without chestnuts - Shutterstock / Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH

When walking your dog in autumn, make sure that they do not play with chestnuts or even eat them. Because if the animal swallows the chestnut, it can be life-threatening. Fast action is required.

Why chestnuts are dangerous for dogs

Chestnuts are beautifully round and smooth, so they slide easily through the esophagus. Unfortunately, the digestive juices roughen the surface and your dog can no longer excrete the foreign body. What follows is an intestinal obstruction, and it is life-threatening.

If you notice after your autumn walk that your four-legged friend suddenly has digestive problems such as constipation or diarrhea, and that he may vomit, you should go to the vet as a precaution as a precaution. Later symptoms such as apathy, loss of appetite and abdominal pain appear, which are also alarm signals for an intestinal obstruction.

If your dog has eaten one chestnut at a time, it must be operated out as quickly as possible. This is the only way your four-legged friend can eat normally again.

Chewed chestnuts are not that bad

If your dog has not swallowed the chestnut whole, the risk of an intestinal obstruction is not quite as high. However, caution is required. Because the red-brown autumn fruits are poisonous for the four-legged friends.

Saponins and glycosides are found in both the green spiked bowl and the fruit, which can lead to stomach and intestinal problems as well as diarrhea and vomiting. However, your dog must eat a lot of chestnuts in order to be poisoned. So the greater danger is that he will swallow them entirely.

Alternatives for your dog on an autumn walk

It is best for your dog not to even think of playing with chestnuts. Therefore, do not throw him a chestnut as a ball replacement so that he catches it, but rather choose a different toy. A real ball or other dog toy can distract your darling from the chestnuts and give him as much pleasure during the autumn walk.