Salted almonds and peanuts are some of my favorite snacks, but can dogs eat nuts?
Are nuts safe for dogs to eat?
In order to answer these questions, it’s important to dive deep into the different types of nuts and whether or not they are safe for a dog to ingest.
Can Dogs Eat Peanuts?
Yes, dogs can eat peanuts – but only if they are unsalted, removed from the shells, and are either raw or roasted plain, not in honey or anything like that.
Oddly enough, some dogs have a peanut allergy like humans do, so make sure you monitor your dog when you give him a peanut for the first time.
While a few peanuts every now and then won’t do any harm, they’re high in fat and should only be fed in moderation.
Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter?
This used to be a no-brainer, but not so much these days. Can dogs eat peanut butter? Yes and no.
Before giving your dog some peanut butter, check the ingredients for xylitol. If it contains this specific ingredient, keep it away from your dog.
Xylitol is toxic to dogs and should never be given to a dog.
Can Dogs Eat Almonds?
Technically, yes, dogs can eat almonds.
However, almonds have a pretty high fat count and make it difficult for a dog to digest them if they are fed in larger quantities, so moderation is key here.
One or two at a time every so often is fine, but you need to remember that foods high in fat can exceed a dog’s ability to break down and process almonds.
In fact, too many almonds over a period of time can cause a dog to develop pancreatitis.
Can Dogs Eat Pistachios?
Pistachios aren’t toxic to dogs, so, technically they can eat them.
However, in large quantities they can be problematic due to the high amounts of fat.
If you are going to give your dog a pistachio, though, make sure it’s not in the shell. If your dog eats a pistachio with the shell on it, it could cause a digestive blockage.
Can Dogs Eat Walnuts?
No, dogs can’t eat walnuts. They’re extremely high in fat, are large in size making them a big choking hazard, and can obstruct your pup’s bowel movements.
Can Dogs Eat Cashews?
Yes, dogs can eat cashews, but they really should not.
Cashers have skyrocketing fat counts and lead to both pancreatitis and weight gain before you can blink.
One or two every so often are fine, but too many create problems faster than owners realize.
Can Dogs Eat Macadamia Nuts?
No, dogs can’t eat macadamia nuts and should NEVER have access to them.
Macadamia nuts are extremely toxic to dogs. Toxicity can occur even if your dog has only managed to munch on a few, so make sure he’s never able to access even one.
Macadamia nuts can cause dizziness, tremors, temporary paralysis, and other short-term neurological problems.
Even though the problems may be short-term that doesn’t mean you can let it run its course. Take your dog to the vet as soon as you know he’s eaten some, suspect he’s eaten some, or have begun to show symptoms.
Can Dogs Eat Pecans?
No, dogs can’t eat pecans for the same reasons that they should not be eating walnuts.
They are way too high in fat and are too difficult to digest due to their size.