Plums, and other stoned fruits (as well as the tree they grow on) contain cyanogenic glycosides. Ingestion of cyanogenic glycoside-containing material can cause cyanide toxicity, although this is rare.
Most dogs and cats that ingest plants containing cyanogenic glycoside develop gastrointestinal signs with vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal discomfort. There may also be panting, constipation and there is risk of gastrointestinal obstruction depending on the quantity and size of the fruit eaten.
A treatment dose cannot be established because of the variation in the concentrations of cyanogenic glycosides in plant material.
Depending on the fruit involved and what plant part was ingested, we can make a risk assessment and advise on a case-by-case basis.
Rolo and Chip’s owner recently called us following them eating some plums, they were allowed to stay home under observation. Fortunately they were fine and as you can see they are gorgeous!
If you are concerned that your pet has ingested something toxic, you can call Animal Poisonline on 01202 509000 for advice. We will be able to advise whether the animal needs to see a vet. Veterinary professionals can call VPIS for treatment advice for any poisons case – 02073055055