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I have a Japanese Privet tree in my backyard. It was just trimmed a few days ago and berries have fallen everywhere. I think my puppy ate some but she is showing no sign of trouble. I see the privet hedge berries are poisonous. Is this also true for the Japanese Privet tree? If so, I will have to have it cut down.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Did you see what your puppy ate?

I think she may have had a small amount of the berries listed above.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about your puppy?

If she ate them it was yesterday and she shows no sign of anything wrong.

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago

What I can find online says that the tree and shrub are both toxic. Typically we see that leaves and berries are toxic but they need to be consumed in a fairly substantial amount to cause major symptoms. We usually see nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, changes in heart rate, weakness and drunken staggering. Fatalities are uncommon without dogs eating a large volume of berries, leaves and such. We'd expect to have witnessed symptoms by now, so you can continue to watch your companion. If she shows no signs of problems, she likely either consumed none or not enough to cause symptoms. In lieu of cutting the tree down, I would keep it well trimmed and anytime you intend to have work done (or do work) on the tree to leave her inside until all berries, leaves, branches and so forth are raked up and discarded safely out of her reach.

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