A few weeks back I got my Full Circle veggies which included one pound of fresh fava beans. I thought that was a novel selection to have shipped but one pound does not really give many of the beans.... but I am getting off my point.
I generally share anything natural and fresh with my three dogs. They love oranges, apples, berries, green beans, salad, carrots, green peppers.......you name it. So, as I generally do...I offered to share my larder with my best buds. As I shelled the fava's I tossed the shells, which were meaty and crunchy green, to my waiting pooches. I hadn't considered anything to be bad about them as they were crunchy and green and the dogs woofed them up.
Within 1/2 hour, my two Westies threw them up and then again and again!!! While cleaning up said upchucked fava shells I noted an acrid odor and became concerned as to whether I may have given theme something toxic. Kai, my yellow lab pup, showed no sign of intestinal distress....but then....he IS a lab and they are known to eat just about anything....socks....shoes....my dinner......you name it.
Well...due to the odor and the response of my two Westies I got online and found out that they are on the TOXIC list for pets. I looked at numerous sites which all said the same thing. Nausea, vommiting, malaise...and could be lethal. I freaked and called my vet who said to keep watch on them for lethargy and further breathing distress and waited out the night. They made it fine, but I learned an important piece of information and thought I'd save any others the distress I went through by alerting you all that fava beans, shells or plants are toxic to our pets!
There must have been a bit of sinister something about them if the evil Hannibel Lector brought them up in the Silence of the Lambs. Liver, fava beans and a nice chianti. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjGpcEA-FyE (forgot how creepy that guy was.....)
At any rate...it all worked out....but only after extended worry for my dog's health.
Bottom line......NO FAVA BEANS FOR DOGS!!!