Due to the lack of rainfall and high summer temperatures we have all seen recently, it is no surprise that we have been in a ‘false autumn’ and therefore noticed a lot of trees dropping their leaves much earlier than usual. Due to this, we are receiving a large volume of calls regarding Quercus species, commonly known as oak.
Oak toxicity predominantly affects grazing species such as cattle, horses and sheep, but it can affect dogs and cats too.
Oak toxicity can cause:
Gastrointestinal signs (such as vomiting, diarrhoea, colic)
Gastrointestinal obstruction (particularly if a large number of acorns have been ingested)
Kidney and liver impairment (reported in a small number of cases involving dogs, horses and ruminants)
If you suspect your pet has been exposed to oak, call the Animal PoisonLine on 01202 509000 for advice. Veterinary professionals can call VPIS on 0207 305 5055.