My Dog Ate A Pine Cone Will He Get Sick?

By Julie •  Updated: 05/20/20 •  4 min read
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Does your dog enjoy batting pine cones around the yard? Does he ever chew on pinecones? Has your fur baby just swallowed a small pinecone? Then you’ve come to the right place!

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This is a common problem for pet parents who live in areas that have pinecones. The cones are so interesting for dogs, and also make great playthings! However, they could present a health issue for your dog.

Quick Facts About Pine Cones

Did you know that all conifer trees (also called pine trees) produce cones? These types of trees and their cones date all the way to prehistoric times, dating back some 300 million years. They’ve been around for a very long time! And scientists have found that duck-billed dinosaurs found pinecones extremely delicious!

Conifer trees product pine cones as a way to keep their seeds safe. In fact, the cones protect the seeds from cold temperatures and make it difficult for animals to eat the seeds. When the weather gets warm, the pine cones open up to release their seeds. And some pinecones even require a fire to open and release the seeds.

Pine Cones & Dogs

Many dogs enjoy playing with pinecones out in the yard or when on a walk. The cones, if large enough, are fun to bat around and chase. They’ve also got an interesting texture that some dogs may find interesting. If dogs only play around and carry the cones, then there’s not much to worry about. On the other hand, if dogs and puppies like to chew pine cones, this could be a problem.

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There are several issues that make chewing pine cones dangerous for dogs. These include:

Symptoms of Pine Cone Poisoning in Dogs

Your canine companion may exhibit these symptoms if he’s eaten a pinecone:

In cases of an allergic reaction, your dog may show these symptoms:

If your fur baby is showing any of these signs and symptoms, then please call the vet immediately. These are signs of a life-threatening medical emergency. Your dog needs treatment as soon as possible—fast treatment could save his life.

When a dog swallows a small bit of pinecone, chances are he will be just fine. Just watch for any signs that he’s not feeling good, and then call the vet.

It’s best to not let your dog or puppy play with pinecones, just to be on the safe side! Instead, clean up the pinecones and give your fur baby some toys meant for dogs!

Can Dogs eat Pine Needles and Start Eating Pine Cones

The ASPCA and American Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals recommend to dog owners to keep their animals away from pine cones. They are know to impact dog’s stomach and through ingestion of the sharp edges may create risk for the animal. Pet owners should do their best to ensure that non-food items are not in their dog’s mouth specifically one with sharp points or splinters like pine cones.

Are Pine Cones Toxic For Dogs?

The toxicity of Christmas trees is more well known than pine cones. Teach your dog to leave it, pine oil is no better for their health and bring related questions about the associated risk. Dog eating anything else but dog food may lead to digestive issues and it is best to ask your Vet for advice.

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Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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