Are poppyseeds toxic to dogs?

Puppy ate a large lemon poppyseed muffin.

Asked by Member 795840 on Jan 23rd 2009 Tagged foods, toxic in Other Health & Wellness
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Yes, poppy seeds (and any part of poppy plants) are toxic to dogs.

Does this mean he's going to get sick? It's hard to tell. Poppy seeds in food are highly processed. He might sick, but it's hard to tell if it would be from the high sugar and fat content in the muffin OR the poppy seeds.

Definitey consult your vet for instructions on what to look for or advice about whether or not to bring him in.

I'd not induce vomiting or anything until you talk to a vet and are instructed to do so. You might not need to do anything but keep an eye on him for symptoms like lethargy, diarrhea or vomiting.

Poppy seeds contain a subtance that is molecularly similar to morophine, which is ironically, what many vets administer to induce vomiting when a dog eats a poisonous natural subtance like a wild mushroom.

So, call the vet, don't panic and take him in if you are instructed to do so. Good luck!

Jack answered on 1/23/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Miss Buddie

I agree with Jack. Definitely call the vet to see what you need to do.

Miss Buddie answered on 1/23/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer