‘Can Dogs Eat Strawberry Leaves?’ A rather absurd question, ain’t it??? But you will be shocked to know the amount of weird questions being asked on the Internet and here’s one of them.
No, dogs cannot eat strawberry leaves. While this leafy, green part is completely non-toxic for our canine friends, they are super bitter and hard-to-digest. Canine digestive systems are not made for high amounts of cellulose consumption and digestion. Therefore when forcibly added to the pooch’s diet, it can have chronic impacts on their duodenal health. In severe cases the dog might get runny diarrhea, sickening stomach aches, and constant vomits, requiring you to seek emergency care for the animal. But what about occasional treats???
To know more let’s keep on reading.
Are Strawberry Leaves Harmful to Dogs?
Well, first of all, dogs belong to the omnivore family. And although omnivores can eat both plants and animals, feeding them a herbivore-based diet is never a wise thing to do. Strawberry leaves just like other leaves are filled with huge amounts of cellulose which can have a degrading impact on their natural digestive process.
And while a lot of so-called ‘dog bloggers’ may claim this to be not much of a big deal, it can vary from one canine to another. Not all dogs are blessed with a healthy digestive system, and hence even a tiny bit of this juicy part may cause irreversible medical conditions. Starting from gastrointestinal problems to not being able to digest anything and having runny excreta, there’s a lot at stake.
Do Dogs prefer Strawberry Leaves?
Strawberries are yummy and super nutritious for dogs, no wonder. But there’s a very rare chance that a pooch will be attracted towards other parts of the delicious fruit, including the tops, leaves or stems of the plant.
Unlike the false fruit, these parts exhibit a much stronger and bitter smell that dogs can easily pick up with the help of the 20-300 million smell receptors on their nose. So, until and unless the pup has a habit of mouthing every single thing that it comes across, there’s a higher chance that your pup won’t consume the leaves on its own.
What will happen if my dog has strawberry leaves?
To be absolutely frank, a leaf or two won’t hurt the fur baby, given they are not already suffering from any medical condition or have a super-sensitive digestive system. The greeny part will take a bit longer to be fully digested, approximately 24-48 hours, but once done it will seamlessly pass through the excretory system without leaving any remnants behind.
But, if you think your dog has had a colossal amount of strawberry leaves, then do seek emergency veterinary care as soon as possible. If such is the case, the dog may exhibit:
- Severe indigestion
- Frequent vomiting
- Ragged breathing
- Excruciating abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite and sluggish movements
- Gastroenteritis, etc.
The above-mentioned symptoms can easily escalate to extremely dreadful situations. Therefore, seeking a vet’s help and doing exactly as advised is the best option.
Depending upon the dog’s health, the doctor might suggest a few blood, urine, and stool checkups or introduce liquids. And if everything seems normal, they will let you return home with your pooch with a prescribed after-care and diet chart.
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