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Are Pyracantha Berries Toxic To Dogs?

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Are pyracantha berries toxic to dogs in large or small volume?

Submitted: 7 years ago.Category: Dog
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Dog Specialist: Candy, Veterinary Technician replied 7 years ago
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The pyracantha or firethorn berries are considered toxic, the berries are the most toxic part, and could cause vomiting, stomach ache, blistering of tongue, and diarrhea if ingested. In small amounts only mild symptoms may be seen. All members of this plant produce hydrogen cyanide which is at the highest levels in the berries and leaves. While the levels are low if a large amount of the berries are consumed at once it could be fatal.

While I can find no information on long term effects of ingesting these berries because they do produce cyanide I would worry that constant ingestion could cause toxic build up in the blood.

Here is more on this plant

http://mammals.suite101.com/article.cfm/toxic_plants_and_pets

http://mason.gmu.edu/~mtadayon/firethorn.html#Toxics%20and%20symptoms

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Customer reply replied 7 years ago

Our 65 lb. lab. 12 years old..had a seizure of some type last evening. She is fine now.

Local vets have suggested mushrooms or pyracantha as the cause....can you con firm this?

Dog Specialist: Candy, Veterinary Technician replied 7 years ago

None of my information states that the pyracantha can or does cause seizures only digestive problems such as stated in my above answer. Certain mushrooms can cause seizures even if ingested in small amounts.

Should this happen again I would be more suspicious of a health condition.

Labs are known to develop seizures due to epilepsy

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2105&aid=433

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