More than fifty varieties of oak grow throughout the United States. As autumn sets in, these lovely trees will begin dropping their acorns into yards, fields, and forests.
Although acorns are a grand example of the variety of nature, they can be harmful to dogs. Small amounts of acorn ingestion typically cause no more than minor illness, although the gallotannins they contain can cause kidney damage. Typical symptoms are stomach upset, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation, while whole acorns can also block your pup's digestive tract.
Make sure you keep an eye on your pooch when you go out for walks, especially if it's the type that eats first and asks questions later. Lauren Hope is co-founder of the online natural dog-supply shop FidoDogTreats.com.