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Coins can cause multiple problems if ingested such as intestinal blockage.  But pennies minted after 1982 hold a particular issue.  Those coins are made with a copper plating around a zinc core.  Even a single penny can have severe results for a dog if not passed out of the digestive tract.  Systems affected can include the liver, renal and cardiovascular systems.  Symptoms can include:

  • Pale Gums
  • Jaundiced Gums
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Discolored Urine
  • Increased Respiration
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Lack of Appetite
  • Collapse
  • Death