No, dogs should not eat birdseed because it can cause health issues, ranging from aflatoxin poisoning to intestinal obstructions. While a small amount of fresh birdseed is not toxic to dogs, several factors make it dangerous for your dogs to eat. Therefore, if your dog insists on exploring the bird feeder, it is best to keep it away.
|Not toxic but can cause health issues due to several factors.
|Bird seed is left outside and may be moldy or damp. Some birdseed mixes might also contain raisins, which are harmful to dogs.
|Aflatoxin poisoning from moldy and damp bird seeds, raisin toxicity, ingesting bacteria and parasites through bird feces, and overeating birdseed can lead to intestinal obstruction.
|Lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort.
How Much Birdseed is Bad for Dogs?
A small amount of uncontaminated birdseed is ok for dogs. However, if the birdseed is moldy or damp, any amount of birdseed might lead to aflatoxin poisoning. Similarly, if your dog ingests a raisin with a small amount of birdseed, it can show symptoms of poisoning.
Why is Birdseed Unsafe for Dogs?
Birdseed is unsafe for dogs due to several reasons, these include:
- Aflatoxin: Birdseed can have aflatoxin which can cause aflatoxin poisoning in dogs.
- Contaminants: Dogs can ingest contaminants with birdseed, such as bird feces or rodent droppings, which can make them sick.
- Toxic ingredients: Birdseed can have ingredients that are toxic for dogs, such as raisins.
- Sharp objects: Birdseed can have sharp shells or pieces of twine that can be harmful to dogs.
Frequently Asked Questions
If your dog insists on eating birdseed, you can keep it distracted or keep the feeder in a place that won’t be noticed by your dog.
If your dog has eaten a raisin you should seek immediate medical assistance.