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Dear Daisy Dog

Our dog Ranger scavenges under our backyard bird feeders for the spilled bird seed. His stools are quite seedy. Is this harmful, or can he eat all the seed he wants?

Daisy Responds

I share Ranger’s love of bird seed, though the birds and squirrels in my backyard usually clean up most of the spilled seed before I can.

In general, wild bird seed is safe for most of us dogs. However, those who overindulge often experience stomach and intestinal upset.

Dogs prone to pancreatitis shouldn’t feast on sunflower seeds because of their high fat content.

Moldy seeds pose a danger, because mycotoxins in the mold can cause tremors and other neurologic problems in us dogs.

If your backyard feeding station is frequented by so many birds that their excrement mixes into the spilled seeds, I’d worry about parasites and bacteria contaminating Ranger’s snacks.

So clean up the area as well as you can, and don’t be too concerned about Ranger ingesting a bit of wild bird seed.

 

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