No, dogs should not eat rhubarb. Rhubarb contains oxalates, which can be toxic to dogs if ingested in large amounts. Oxalates can lead to kidney damage, gastrointestinal upset, and even life-threatening conditions. Therefore, it's best to avoid feeding rhubarb to your furry friend.
- Oxalates in rhubarb can lead to kidney damage.
- Gastrointestinal upset, including diarrhea and vomiting.
- Toxic reactions can be severe and even fatal in dogs.
- Ingesting the leaves of the rhubarb plant is particularly dangerous, as they contain higher levels of oxalates.
- It’s advisable to avoid giving rhubarb to your dog altogether.
- If accidental consumption occurs, contact a veterinarian immediately.
- Keep rhubarb and its leaves out of your dog’s reach to prevent accidental ingestion.
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