Can Dogs Eat Nuts?

Nuts are popular snacks among humans, but can dogs eat nuts? Although nuts are part of a healthy human diet, this is not the same for dogs. Most nuts are unhealthy for your furry friend, and some nuts are even toxic.

can dogs eat nuts

Not all nuts are toxic to dogs, but they contain high-fat levels that can cause obesity and pancreatitis in pups.

Salted nuts, for example, can produce water retention, and almonds can cause throat obstruction risk.

Macadamia nuts are extremely toxic to dogs.

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Can Dogs Eat Nuts?

can dogs eat nuts

Although eating nuts have health benefits in the human diet, the high-calorie and high-fat quantity can cause health issues in dogs. Nuts should not be a regular snack for your canine friend.

But, sometimes, you can treat your dog with a few of them.

Here is a list of  nuts that are safe for dogs to eat.

Nuts that are good for dogs to eat

  • Peanuts

Peanuts are safe for dogs in small quantities. They must be unsalted and unseasoned.

  • Peanut Butter

Treat your dog with natural peanut butter. Check the label to avoid artificial preservatives, salt, and sugar.

  • Cashews

In small amounts, cashews are also safe for dogs. This nut is high in fat, so it is not a good idea to treat your furry friend regularly with cashews.

  • Pistachios

Without their shells, pistachios are ok for dogs. Pistachios are not toxic to dogs but contain a high quantity of fats that can cause obesity in dogs.

  • Walnuts

Walnuts are too high in fat for dogs, and tend to be larger than other nuts such as peanuts, pistachios, or cashews, and they can be hard to digest.

Nuts to Avoid

  • Almonds

Although almonds are not toxic, dogs are predisposed to digest issues. Even small amounts of unsalted almonds can cause stomach upset.

  • Macadamias

Macadamias are highly toxic for dogs even, in a small quantity.

Macadamias can cause neurological issues for dogs, including tremors, dizziness, and temporary paralysis.

While not all nuts are toxic for dogs, it is better to treat your furry friend with other healthy treats. Feed them instead with safe fruits and vegetables or vet-approved treats.

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