Can Dogs Eat Nuts? When it is or isn’t an Emergency

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Not all nuts are toxic to dogs but that doesn’t mean the non-toxic varieties are necessarily healthy for dogs to eat. Here are the main reasons why we wouldn’t let dogs eat nuts.

Nuts have high fat content

Nuts should not be a regular part of a dog’s diet because they are high in fat. Dogs that are fed a high-fat diet can suffer from several health issues later in their life, including pancreatitis and obesity. Pecan nuts, for example, are considered to have one of the highest fat content within the nut family with more than 70 grams of fat per 100 gram!

Nuts poisonous to dogs

You then have the nuts that are toxic to pets. One of the most poisonous nuts to dogs is the macadamia nut. Dogs that ingest macadamia nuts may suffer from toxicity signs include vomiting and difficulty in walking. It doesn’t take much to get a dog sick so call the emergency vet if this happens to your pooch.

Nuts with additives and other processed ingredients

This may include nuts like pistachios, almonds, and cashews. These nuts are typically packaged with additives like salt or something sweet like chocolate. Some of these ingredients, such as chocolate, are dangerous to dogs while others, such as salt, pose more of a threat if they are consumed in excessive amounts.

What to do if your dog ate some nuts

This will be entirely dependent on the types of nuts your dog ate. If it’s the non-toxic kind then you may want to just watch over your dog carefully for the next few hours and make sure he isn’t showing any signs of sickness. For dogs that ate the toxic kind like macadamia nuts, we wouldn’t leave anything to chance and call the pet poison hotline or vet for advice on what to do next.

Want to know what else aside from nuts dogs should avoid? Our human food for dogs list covers over 100 human food items and their safety level for dog consumption.


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