Do you enjoy cooking outside using a pellet grill? If so, then you may use Taeger wood pellets, which are very popular. They’re also sometimes used to add certain flavors to foods cooked on the grill.
But can Traeger pellets make your dog sick? Are Traeger pellets toxic to dogs?
In this article, we’ll take a look at what Traeger pellets are, what they’re made of, and whether or not they can make your dog sick. Let’s get started!
What are Traeger Pellets?
Traeger pellets are made to use wood-burning outdoor grills. The pellets are all-natural hardwood, which can be used for smoking, roasting, baking, braising, or BBQ. Only natural hardwoods are used to make the pellets, with no unnatural additives.
The wood pellets do, however, contain food-grade soybean oil. This is used as a lubricant for the wood plants’ processing machines. Otherwise, the wood pellets contain no other ingredients.
Traeger Wood Pellets & Dogs
The fact is that the pellets can make your dog sick. They don’t contain any toxic ingredients, which is great news! The problem, however, is that the pellets are made from wood. When ingested, the pellets can absorb fluid from the digestive tract, which causes the wood to swell. The danger is the pellets could cause bowel obstruction in your dog.
Symptoms of a Bowel Obstruction in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has ingested Traeger wood pellets:
- Abdominal swelling & pain
- Lack of appetite
If you suspect your pet may have eaten Traeger wood pellets, it is recommended to contact your veterinarian immediately for individual advice for your pet. These symptoms may not occur straight away after eating the wood pellets, and seeking prompt medical attention gives your pet the best chance of a good recovery.
Be sure to let the vet know your fur baby has eaten Traegers pellets, as well as how many your dog ate. If possible, also let the vet know how long ago this happened as this will help them make the best treatment plan for your fur baby.
Treatment of Bowel Obstruction in Dogs
At the vet’s, they will perform a complete physical of your dog, which may include lab work (blood tests) and x-rays. The x-rays are done to show where the wood pellets are in the dog’s digestive system. In addition, your fur baby may require a cannula to give him IV fluids (putting them on a drip), which is used to rehydrate him, as well as make it easier to give medications that may be required.
If the wood pellets are in the dog’s stomach, the vet may be able to remove them via an endoscopic procedure. Otherwise, your canine companion may require emergency surgery.
In this type of medical emergency, the key to saving your dog’s life is to get medical help as soon as possible. Seeking prompt advice from your vet will help give your pet the best possible chance at a good recovery.