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Can dogs Eat Star Fruit

Eating star fruits is NOT recommended for dogs as it may severely affect its kidney even if consumed in small amounts as much as an ounce as per several reports.

Why is star fruit harmful to dogs

Star fruit contains soluble oxalate salts which on being ingested associates with the calcium present, lowering its levels abruptly.

Another adverse effect caused by star fruit is that the oxalate crystals present in it bind with the calcium, getting absorbed in the kidney, thus resulting in calcification as well as inflammation.

Which breeds are more prone to star fruit poisoning

  • Chihuahua
  • Bichon Frise
  • Dachshund
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Maltese
  • Miniature Poodle
  • Pomeranian
  • Samoyed
  • Standard Schnauzer

Besides these small or toy breeds, that should not be given starfruit at all since they are more prone to suffering from calcification, neutered males, obese dogs or those thriving on dry food are also at a risk of it.

What are the symptoms of star fruit poisoning

Starfruit poisoning symptoms may be visible in dogs between one and six hours after they have ingested it.

Initial symptoms

  • Vomiting
  • Chronic hiccups
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weakness

Moderate to severe symptoms

  • Severe vomiting
  • Seizure
  • Mental confusion
  • Insomnia
  • Increased thirst
  • Blood in urine
  • Increase or decrease in urination
  • Coma

It is important to take your dog to the vet at the earliest as soon as he shows the slightest abnormality. In fact starting an early treatment might save your dog’s life while a delayed one can prove fatal.