Macadamia Nuts and Pets
- I had a near catastrophe last week and thought I'd pass along this
information with the hope I can prevent the same thing happening to
someone else's dog ...
While I was cleaning out the freezer, I got sidetracked, and didn't
have an opportunity to put all the food up out of the way of Desi, my
Golden Retriever (a raw dog). Desi helped herself to over a pound of
macadamia nuts and several quarts of raspberries and blueberries.
She appeared listless a couple of hours later, but I attributed this
to the gas from the fat and fructose -- as well as the amount she ate.
The next morning she could barely get out of her house to come greet
me. I'm used to her standing at the door wondering how long it's going
to take for me to serve her breakfast.
I phoned her veterinary office in Portland to ask whether I should
worry. They were concerned about the macadamia nuts not being able to
pass and getting stuck somewhere in her system. They told me to go to
an emergency care clinic where I could have x-rays and blood work
done. Fortunately, the vet that Desi used to go to near Hood River is
able to provide this kind of emergency care.
Desi was obviously losing control over her hind end. She had to
concentrate VERY hard in order to be able to get up and walk slowly.
Whether Dr. Kathi knew, or had studied up before we arrived, she
advised me that macadamia nuts have a neurotoxicity for dogs! I have
since found more information on the internet.
"Clinical signs commonly reported from most to least frequent were
weakness, depression, vomiting, ataxia, tremors, and hypothermia."
Desi went through a regime of activated charcoal and metamucil and
spent the night at the clinic. She was able to come home the next
morning, having passed most of the nuts. Her blood work was clear, and
we'd not had to do x-rays.
Happily, Desi is fine now, and back to her happy, energetic self.