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My Labradoodle has eaten a little bit of a tiny acorn. Will he be ok?

Any foreign object has the potential to be dangerous when eaten. Obviously it depends on the size of the object in comparison to your dog, so a tiny piece of acorn in a large Labradoodle should go straight in one end and out the other.

In the case of a large acorn in a little dog on the other hand, there is a chance of them getting stuck in the intestines and forming a blockage along the way. This is called an obstruction of the gut and is really serious (can be life-threatening) if left untreated.

Common symptoms of an obstruction include:

  • Vomiting,
  • Reduced or no appetite,
  • Weakness,
  • Diarrhoea, and
  • Weight loss.

The other consideration is when a large number of acorns are eaten they may cause an upset tummy.

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