Poison for Dogs: Coins
The problem of money… Money is a nice sight most of the time, just not when it’s in your dog’s stomach. Did you know that coins can be poison for dogs?
We all have loose money or change lying around. In fact, just walking from my kitchen to my bedroom I spotted 2 pennies and a nickel. Though not much in value, those coins could be costly. How? For new puppy owner, that change could be a hazard to his health. Puppies are notorious for getting into things and for putting anything on the floor into their mouths. For some pennies in particular, this could be very dangerous: it could lead to zinc poisoning in dogs.
Pennies minted after 1982 contain zinc. While zinc is an important element, too much can make your pet extremely sick and could even be fatal. When a dog swallows a penny, his acidic stomach environment leads to a rapid release of zinc from the penny, and the zinc forms corrosive and highly toxic zinc salts. These salts then find their way into the liver and kidneys, bones, pancreas and muscles.
Symptoms of zinc toxicity occur very quickly. Symptoms to be on the lookout for are:
- Discolored urine
- Poor appetite
If you suspect your puppy has eaten a coin, be sure to have the vet take an x-ray. Zinc can also be found in batteries, skin creams, paint, zippers and screws. Be on the lookout for what is on your floor, because it can end up in your dog’s mouth.
Did you dog ever accidentally eat a coin? What was the outcome? Share the story with us in the comment section!