Q. Are fruits such as bananas and avocados harmful for dogs to eat? Our female Dalmatian loves to eat the avocados that fall from the tree in our yard. She chews them and plays with them for hours and does not seem to get sick. She also likes to eat the bananas that the boys give her and will occasionally eat grapes. She is given canned dog food mixed with some dry food and always seems to have a great appetite. We were wondering if there might be a problem.
A. Since your dog seems to be doing so well and is obviously very active, I would say that eating fruits should cause her no problems. I would be concerned about the seed or pit from the avocados since, if she eats several of these, they may cause an obstruction in her stomach or intestinal tract, which could lead to serious complications that could require surgery. You should try to keep the yard free of any fallen avocados.
Q. About two years ago, we had our Labrador spayed just after her first heat cycle. She's been doing fine until this past week, when we noticed a small amount of dark drainage from the area of the surgery. She always eats well and doesn't really get sick. Could this be a result of her surgery? Could the surgery have been incomplete? How can we find out?