|Safe or Not?|
My sapiens received some organic persimmons and decided to do some research to figure out if persimmons are safe for dogs. They have training in veterinary medicine but I still wanted to share their collection in this process. Citations as noted.
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The problem with these fruits is the seeds or pits. The seeds from persimmons can cause inflammation of the small intestine in dogs. They can also cause intestinal obstruction. Obstruction is also a possibility if a dog eats the pit from a peach or plum. Plus, peach and plum pits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to both humans and dogs. The difference is humans know not to eat them. Dogs don't.
2) Canine Journal
Persimmons, peaches, and plums - If you live in an area that is home to persimmon, peach, or plum trees, look out. Persimmon seeds and peach and plum pits can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis. You'll want to make sure there aren't any wild persimmon or other fruit trees that produce seeds growing in your backyard. If you notice your dog pooping all over the place, and see a bunch of seeds or pits in their waste, you'll need to break out the saw and chop down some trees.3) BarkCare
My sapien: Are persimmons safe for dogs?
BarkCareVet: Sure. You can definitely talk about the seeds and pits. Unfortunately, I cannot provide precise information on the fruit itself. Sorry. If I do find something I will certainly pass it along.
BarkCareVet: Persimmon seeds and pits can cause intestinal irritation or obstruction. Clinical signs can include diarrhea. If Ruckus has gotten into persimmons keep an eye out for diarrhea. If it doesn't resolve he should be seen by his doctor for treatment.
My sapien: No Ruckus hasn't gotten into any persimmons but would it be safe without the seeds and pits?
BarkCareVet: I can't find any proceedings that indicate the fruit itself is toxic, but I cannot say for sure. Is there a reason you want to offer this fruit? Fruits and vegetables that are definitely safe for dogs include apples, pears, bananas, carrots, sweet potatoes, and green beans.
My sapien: No reason, I am just curious since I received some from my family members. I just couldn't find any literature supporting or against the persimmon fruits. Most info has stated it's danger with the pits and seeds. Thought I would ask a vet. Also would it be okay if I share this information with other dog owners on my blog to help spread the awareness?
|If I can't eat them, then I will wear them!|
From my brief research and veterinarian consult, I do not believe there is enough current literature supporting the pros or cons of the persimmon fruit. There are strong statements stating the danger of upset GI (i.e. diarrhea, vomiting/nausea) which could elevate to intestinal obstruction in regards to the fruit's seeds and pits. At this time, I will stay away from persimmons as a whole.
Hope this is helpful!
Ruckus the Eskie
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