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Old 09-07-2009, 11:31 PM
 
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Who would think this?
My not-senior escape artist, Nayla, cleared the counter of three large peaches while I was sleeping. When I work, half a peach (minus the pit) was gone with the other peaches. I gave the pooches dinner, then thought maybe I should check with the emergency vet to see if peaches are toxic.
Well, the fruit isn't, but the pits can be very lethal- catching and getting stuck in the intestine, causing necrosis and fast sepsis.

So Dodger, Eloise and Nayla are in the emergency vet hospital, initial X-rays unclear due to dinner food, to get more X-rays and maybe ultrasounds tomorrow. If they find any of the three pits in any of the dogs, surgery is required. If they don't find them (or see them clearly...) exploratory surgery is a possibility, but they did say that for three dogs, it could be a bit much.
I know for sure it's expensive so far. I'm going to check the yard in the daylight and hope to see peach pits, un outputted.
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:21 AM
 
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Oh no! Thanks for the warning. I sure hope youfind the evidence tomorrow.
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Old 09-08-2009, 06:44 AM
 
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Not only that, the center of the peach pit has the seed which contains a cyanide compound (you can tell because it smells like almonds). It's NOT good for animals, or people and is used to make the phony cancer drug laetrile.
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Old 09-08-2009, 11:02 AM
 
Location: ROTTWEILER & LAB LAND (HEAVEN)
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Default Nectarines, Apricots & Plums too...

Not just peaches...

About 25 years ago one of our Rotts some how got ahold of a nectarine pit.
We didn't know it, but he kept trying to bring it up, but we didn't know why he was trying to do this. He stopped eating, so we knew something was wrong.
Took him to the vet & he told us to give him milk of magnesia (sp) after a day or so he brought that nectarine pit up.
This was 25 years ago, so there may be something else better to use, now. Always call your vet or emergency animal hospital. Better safe than sorry.

Always beware of the pits. Make sure they are rolled up in a paper towel and thrown away.
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Old 09-08-2009, 11:47 AM
 
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They are also a simple choking hazard. I have maple trees that drop nuts the size of peach pits all over the yard. The squirrels usual get them and hide them, but occasionally I'll catch one of the dogs with one and remove it from them immediately. I have a dog door so ocassionally I find them all over the living room.
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Lemon Grove, CA USA
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Ohhh baring the obvious blockage and toxic issues I can't imagine what that big pointy thing feels like going trough the system. Ouch!

My hopes are with you, and them, for a fast and healthy recovery.
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:29 PM
 
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Update- after leaving Nayla, Dodger and Eloise at the emergency vet for overnight observation, I came home to Artie (too dignified to food scavenge, plus was sleeping with me when the peaches disappeared). I was, of course thinking about the possibility and expense of surgery for three dogs. Got into bed, and there they were- three half-eaten peaches, complete with pits. I think Eloise did it- she grabs scavenged stuff and runs and hides it, a holdover from her feral days.

So I picked up the gang this morning, $1400 more broke, but relieved and believe me, lesson learned.
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:39 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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sheeeewwww .... WHAT a relief........
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Lemon Grove, CA USA
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So glad to hear they are all ok!
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:01 PM
 
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What a relief! So sorry for your expensive lesson but you taught me something, a mixed blessing for you I guess.
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