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My dog ate about 40 pistachios (no shells). WHAT SHOULD I

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my dog ate about 40 pistachios (no shells). WHAT SHOULD I DO?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if your dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Sofie, 3 years old.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Sofie?
Customer: no
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 11 months ago.

Hi JaCustomer,

Pistachio nuts are not toxic per se to dogs. However, they are high in fat and can lead to an upset stomach and even pancreatitis in some cases.

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is a gland that produces and releases enzymes into the digestive track that aid in the digestion of food. When these same enzymes are activated while they are still in the pancreas, inflammation occurs and the enzyme start "digesting" the pancreas itself. Some common causes of pancreatitis are eating a lot of very fatty foods, obesity, steroid use and other diseases and conditions.

Symptoms of pancreatitis vary but include vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, weakness or collapse, dehydration, shock, fever, depression, and upper abdominal pain. A dog may indicate abdominal pain by acting restless, panting, crying or wincing when picked up, shaking, standing with an arched back, or lying with the front end down and the rear end elevated, You can read about it in detail here:

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1580&aid=335

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/acute-pancreatitis-in-dogs/page1.aspx

What you might do is start feeding a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice for a few days and give pepto-bismol for a few day as well to help coat the stomach. Monitor Sofie for a few days and if she doesn't develop symptoms of pancreatitis, switch Sofie back to her regular food gradually over a couple of days.

Try not to let her get any more pistachios if you can. We all know how scrumptious they are. You might cut a hot dog up in paper thin slices to give her as a treat while you have the nuts.

I hope this information is helpful to you. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have . If you do find this helpful, please take this opportunity to rate my answer positively so I am compensated for my time.

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 11 months ago.

Hi again,'

I'm following up to see how Sofie is doing. I knew that the nuts were not toxic but some smaller dogs will still develop some gastointestinal issues for a little while afterwards and hope she escaped even that. Let me know how she is and if you found my answer helpful at the time.