You Don’t Have to Be Nuts to Feed your Dog Nuts

You Don’t Have to Be Nuts to Feed your Dog Nuts
October 15, 2018

It’s pretty common knowledge that dogs can’t eat nuts, right? Wrong. There are plenty of grey areas when it comes to the type of nuts that dogs can eat.

It’s always better to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to feeding your pets “human” food, but this definitive guide will let you know if your dog needs a trip to the vets after consuming certain types of nuts. Vets and pet nutritionists are constantly being asked why nuts aren’t great for dogs, it is even one of the most searched topics on Google when it comes to pet’s nutrition.

So, we’ll make it perfectly black and white for you.  

Bad Nuts for Dogs

  • Almonds – It is advised that owners do not treat their dogs with almonds due to the nut’s tendency to cause a stomach upset. Almonds aren’t easily digestible with dogs and they can cause significant amounts of gastric intestinal stress – especially the flavoured variety.
  • Walnuts – are walnuts bad for dogs? Without a shadow of a doubt yes. For some dogs, the digestion may only result in an upset stomach, but for some, the ingestion of walnuts can be fatal due to a toxin named tremorgenic mycotoxins.
  • Pecans – You’ll find a lot of conflicting information to the question can dogs eat pecans. However, it has been confirmed by vets that the ever-popular nut can cause gastrointestinal problems and even gastrointestinal obstruction. The effects on your canine friend will be even worse if you feed them out of date or mouldy pecans as the toxin Juglone can form.
  • Pistachios – If your dogs eat pistachios over a long period of time this can lead to serious health implications. Whilst the odd one may not be overly harmful to your pet, as they are rich in fat they can cause pancreatic problems for your dog which won’t be pleasant or cheap to treat!
  • Hickory Nuts – Hickory nuts are yet another nut which contains the toxin Juglone and can result in neurological problems and seizures for your pet. Whilst this is not overly common, there is a high risk of your dog experiencing gastrointestinal problems or even obstructions.

Good Nuts for Dogs

  • Peanuts – As peanuts are one of the most popular nuts to have laying around the home, the good news is that dogs can eat peanuts. They can be digested raw or roasted, but they must always be removed from their shells before given to your dog. Salted or any other form of flavoured nuts won’t do their digestive systems much good either! Although just as with human’s peanut allergies can occur in dogs too, yet, it isn’t as common in dogs.
  • Cashews – As a very occasional treat, cashews aren’t bad for your dog, however, if they get their paws on too many this may cause a slight stomach upset. Always ensure that the Cashews are roasted or cooked as the heating process eliminates harmful toxins.
  • Hazelnuts – Hazelnuts are fine in moderation as they do not contain any harmful toxins, however, due to the larger size of Hazelnuts they do pose a choking hazard to smaller dogs.

To sum up, whilst it can be hard to resist those puppy dog eyes when we’re snacking on nuts, it’s always better to stick to the guidelines above. The usual rules of “just one won’t hurt” definitely don’t apply here.