Sugar Fiend! Tiny Dog Eats Cookies, Experiences Negative Reaction to Macadamia Nuts

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 12:15pm
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While the holidays are a time for baked goods galore, it’s often unsafe for our four-legged friends to join in on the sugar-filled fun. Just before Christmas, Tinkerbell, a two-year-old, five-pound Chihuahua, wolfed down eight macadamia nut cookies that she found in her pet parent’s backpack. When her pet parent, Joseph C., saw that Tinkerbell was vomiting and lethargic, he brought her to the ASPCA Animal Hospital (AAH).

ASPCA veterinarian Dr. Michael Dugan assessed Tinkerbell, and submitted lab work. Her symptoms and test results were consistent with possible macadamia nut toxicity. AAH staff consulted with the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center and confirmed that this was a strong possibility.

Tinkerbell was admitted to AAH where she received supportive care in the Intensive Care Unit. Luckily, she responded well to treatment. She went home the next day with antibiotics and antacids, and Joseph reports that she has made a full recovery. He says from now on, he’ll keep sweet treats out of Tinkerbell’s reach. We’re so glad this tiny pup is happy and healthy!    

For a full list of people foods that are toxic to dogs, check out our Pet Care section.

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Educated Pet Parent

So glad Tinkerbell is O.K. As an aside, it's the responsibility of every pet parent to know what foods, plants, and chemicals are highly toxic to dogs. I got my first dog in my 40s (still have her) and educated myself so I'd know everything I could about dogs. Growing up with dogs doesn't mean you learned all there is to know about them. Please educate yourself.


So glad Tink is ok. I always break up Beggin Strips into smaller pieces and that seems to work well, or I get the Beggin Littles. I have a mini-doxie and you have to be so careful about them chewing anything into chunks. He doesn't care what he eats!

Mommy of 4 rescues

Our newest and youngest rescue is now a 8 month old Reindeer Chihuahua that I found this past June walking alongside a busy road. Taking him in the car, I gave him as much water as he could hold, at which time he christened the passenger seat!
We have to be so careful, if he finds something new, into his mouth it goes.
My husband nicknamed him "Termite", for teething on the Redwood wood chips around two trees in the dog run.
His name is 'Frodo' He is very Hobbit forming.

Debbie J.

Close call for such a tiy dog. Glad she pulled through. Dogs are so much like childre. You really do have to keep an eye on them.


In the owner's defense on that issue, a dog after food can be quick and sneaky. I left a single piece of dark chocolate candy (still foil wrapped) on the end table where I sit to watch TV. Got up to place a plate in the kitchen, taking all of about 30 seconds, and my 10 lb Maltese mix climbed up on the sofa, stole the candy, and returned to her bed and ate it. Fortunately I was able to get her to throw it up.
I'm glad the owner took Tinkerbell quickly to the vet and it had a happy ending.

Rosa Caldwell

Glad there was a happy ending here. Thanks for the fine work by everyone involved. May you have abundant blessings.


Now you see I'm only 11 and i can't stand to se animals abused.......I hope whn I'm younger I can go into the asp a and join u guys