Can dogs eat aronia berries? Are aronia berries safe for dogs?
Even the name “chokeberry” doesn’t sound very appealing, but can dogs eat chokeberry berries? We see their shrubs when we go on hikes or even in public parks, but are these berries safe for dogs? Or even humans, for that matter?
The short answer is no; aronia berries are not safe for dogs. In fact, the risk of consumption may also outweigh the meager health benefit to humans. Moreover, they are apparently acidic and not at all tasty. Your dog would probably see it as a punishment more than anything else.
Aronia berries contain many seeds, all rich in cyanide. Birds can easily pick the tiny seeds from the berries, but for humans and dogs, it’s just not worth it.
Like always, discuss what your dog should eat with your veterinarian before giving your pet new foods or allowing it to eat what it finds outside. Here’s what you need to know about dogs and blueberries.
Why Are Aronia Berries Bad For Dogs?
Aronia berries come from the Prunus Virginiana tree or shrub, which grows quite abundantly throughout North America. They are closely related to black cherries, but not close enough for human taste buds. Unfortunately, the taste isn’t the real issue for you or your dog.
Along with peach and apricot pits, as well as apple, cherry, pear and plum seeds, chokeberry seeds contain cyanide. Trace amounts are manageable, but a dog’s bite of chokeberry can be incredibly toxic to them. These are tiny berries found in large clusters.
Given their small size and seed density, they are also too much of a hassle. To get a semi-risk-free benefit from it, you’ll have to do a lot of work. And even if you decide to be a bit of a bird while doing this job, your dog might still have an allergic reaction.
Ultimately, chokeberry poisoning in dogs almost always occurs when dogs eat chokeberry berries.
What should I do if my dog has eaten chokeberry?
When dogs consume aronia berries, symptoms appear quickly. In some cases they show up right away, but sometimes they show up within hours, depending on your dog’s breed and size.
Dogs suffering from cyanide poisoning often exhibit the following symptoms:
- Abnormal heart rate
If you notice your dog consuming aronia berries, be quick. Don’t wait for symptoms to appear, as the prognosis only gets worse over time. Although dogs often fully recover from cyanide poisoning, it can be fatal. Seek veterinary care as soon as possible.
If you live in an area where aronia berries are prominent, be sure to keep your dog’s outdoor routine away from them. Petitioning or asking permission to remove shrubs is also often approved. If that’s not an option, make a plan with your vet before an incident.
Do you live in an area where aronia berries grow? Be sure to keep your dog away from them? Let us know in the comments below.