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Are uncured olives off the tree toxic to pets?

 

A Reader asks:

Are uncured olives off the tree toxic to farm animals or pets?

The Olive Oil Source replies:

Birds eat olives without ill effect and I have seen my dogs gobble down a few. Ruminants like goats and cows will eat the olive. The pit is primarily lignin and cellulose, like wood, so is not digested. In small animals it may present a problem with intestinal obstruction.

Posted: November, 2005

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