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Conker Crazy, please be aware of the dangers!
4 November 2015
Conkers is a traditional game played by children which provides great fun at this time of year! The conkers, or horse chestnut seeds, tend to fall from the trees at this time of year and land on the ground. Please be mindful when playing conkers whilst there are dogs in the area, as they contain aesculin a type of poison that is harmful to dogs.
When dogs ingest conkers, vomiting tends to be the most common symptom, normally developing within 2 days. Stomach pain, diarrhoea, lethargy and tremor may also be seen, however some dogs may ingest a large number of conkers and exhibit no symptoms at all. Conkers can also cause a blockage in the intestine and require surgery to remove them.
So please remember to avoid playing the game with dogs present and pick up all the remnants afterwards.
Avoid walking your dog near horse chestnut trees at this time of year and if your dog does appear unwell after ingesting a conker, contact your vet for advice.