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Blog entry by Steffen posted 2584 days ago 1623 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A week or so ago I read someone’s blog about their dog and an allergic reaction he had to chewing on a chunk of walnut. Well…unfortunately for my Buddy the same thing happened to him. I was turning a bowl late Friday night and Buddy kept trying to get me to play ball with him. He kept rolling it onto my feet (where all the shavings were) and I would kick it out onto the drive. Buddy always chews the ball while he’s bringing it back to you and every time he’d put it down it would collect shavings.

Buddy woke up the next morning with his back legs partially paralyzed, ears and skin were very very red and his breathing was very erratic. I scooped him up and took him to the vet and he was given a shot for an allergic reaction. It took until late Saturday night before he could get up and walk again and by Sunday he was back to normal.

Walnut sure is beautiful but who knew it was that dangerous to animals.

Just thought I would let you all know.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA



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WayneC

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#1 posted 2584 days ago

Ouch. I will have to keep an eye on my cat. He lives in the shop these days (ever since the first Macaw came home) and sleeps by the table saw.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Bob Babcock

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#2 posted 2584 days ago

Thanks for the tip. Samba is always out in the shop with me.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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Karson

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#3 posted 2584 days ago

I’ve had horses come up lame after I put walnut planer shavings in the stalls. The vet said its very toxic.

All sawmills who sell their sawdust always cut their walnut without the sawdust extractor system working, so that they can get rid of the sawdust without mixing it with what they sale.

Bad for cows and horses and other animals.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Max

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#4 posted 2584 days ago

What Karson say’s is very true here is a link to a pdf file about the subject….
http://www.ces.purdue.edu/extmedia/FNR/FNR-254.pdf

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Steffen

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#5 posted 2584 days ago

Thanks Max. I forwarded the document to my Vet. I don’t think he has had many cases like this because when I told him what I was doing the night before he didn’t seem too concerned. Or, he just figured the shot he gave Buddy was going to reverse whatever reaction he was having.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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oscorner

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#6 posted 2584 days ago

I heard never to give a horse owner walnut shaving to put in their stalls, too. I’m glad there was an antidote that was able to help your dog.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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dennis mitchell

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#7 posted 2583 days ago

I use to work with a fellow who was allergic to walnut. It gave him a skin rash.

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David

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#8 posted 2583 days ago

Steffen -

This is very interesting and good to be aware of – I will have to keep an eye onu dog when she is in the shop.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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woodspar

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#9 posted 2583 days ago

Steffen, thanks for bringing this to my attention. Max, thanks for the Purdue link.

-- John

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