Can a dog eat apricot?
Not all food that people eat is also suitable for dogs. But what about an apricot. Imagine your puppy or older dog has gotten an apricot and eaten it. Then your question is probably an apricot dangerous for my dog? Is he sick of it or can he die? Do I have to warn a vet right now? Read on quickly for answers to your questions.
What is an apricot?
An apricot has a soft skin that is edible. The fruit has a large stony kernel. The flesh is easily released from the kernel, but then the apricot must be ripe. A ripe apricot has orange colored soft flesh. Apricots are dried and can be bought in glass or tin.
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Is apricot dangerous for a dog?
Abricone kernels are not digested and can get stuck in your dog’s gut. When an apricot is destroyed, cyanide is released. Due to the released cyanide the natural metabolism of your dog can no longer take place. Not only the pit of the apricot is poisonous for your dog. When your dog eats stems and leaves from an apricot tree, this can have the same harmful effects.
Do I have to go to a vet?
It depends on the amount of cyanide your dog has received. Cyanide can lead to weakness and difficult breathing. In the worst case, your dog can go into shock or die. So always consult a veterinarian if your dog has received an apricot. Make sure you know how many apricots your dog has eaten (usually you know how much you have in the house) and how long this has been about. With this information the veterinarian can better tailor his treatment.