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Dog ingested oak leaves, was operated on, then died in

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Dog ingested oak leaves...

Dog ingested oak leaves, was operated on, then died in seizure. Was it oak leaves? Vet here said probably brain tumor. Was only 6 years old.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name?

Maggie Mae but died.

Submitted: 2 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. My condolences for your loss of Maggie Mae. To answer you directly, oak leaves are toxic to horses but not dogs. They can, however, obstruct the small intestine of dogs as appeared to be the case. If not attended to promptly, obstructions can cause severe electrolyte imbalances and endotoxemia (toxins in the blood which arose from bacteria in the GI tract), either of which can "intoxicate" the brain resulting in seizures and death. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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