Are cherry seeds harmful to dogs?


Do dogs suffer any harm from cherry seeds? The other day, while I was eating cherries, my dog unintentionally grabbed one. I am concerned since I have heard conflicting reports regarding the seeds’ potential for toxicity. Has anyone else dealt with this before?

Do I need to be alarmed or take any action?

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

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Cherry seeds can be harmful to dogs, but one seed shouldn’t cause major issues.

The concern is cyanide in the pit, but it takes a significant amount to be dangerous.

Here’s what to watch for:

  • Vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy (if these appear, see a vet).
  • Otherwise, monitor your dog for the next 24 hours.

If you’re worried or your dog is a small breed, consult a vet for peace of mind.