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CAN DOGS EAT
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(by Haley Williams & Guy Crites)

Can Dogs Eat Nuts?

Can dogs eat peanuts? Yes, but in extreme moderation.
(WARNING: Salt + Fat = BAD for Dogs)
Before we get to the actual raw nuts that are good and bad for your dog, let’s talk about the added extras that are most certainly not good for your dog.

The first question you should ask yourself when considering if your dog can eat some of those nuts from your pantry is,

“Are these seasoned or salted?”

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Lots of nuts come pre-salted or seasoned, and that salt or seasoning can potentially be dangerous for dogs. Dogs can’t handle salt very well, and you never really know what spices seasoned nuts contain.

All nuts covered in chocolate are an absolute and resounding no-no.

And I’m not sure if I have to mention this, but I will anyway:

Never feed a dog the shell a particular nut comes in.

All nutty shells have the capacity to slice up your precious angel’s intestines, so they are to be avoided at all costs.

Never feed your dog nut shells because they can slice up his/her intestines. Click To Tweet

With all that in mind, let’s talk actual nuts.

For the most part, nuts contain very high levels of fat. Dogs don’t have a very high tolerance for added fats to their diet, and nuts supply a pretty powerful punch of the stuff.

It’s not recommended that you feed your dog nuts, but the fact remains that it is possible for some of them to be safe.

I suggest you never feed them raw nuts, but if they happen to get into a can of cashews, my recommendation will be as useful as a sweater in July.

Some nuts that dogs are able to eat are almonds, peanuts, cashews, and pistachios.

Again, I’m not saying, “Hey Greg, little Jackson can eat some cashews if he’s a tad hungry,” because I don’t think it’s cool for a dog to eat nuts.

Capeesh?

If your dog gets into macadamia nuts however, you’ll suddenly have an emergency on your hands.

As with grapes and raisins, the exact toxic compound within these vicious little nuts is not known.

If you suspect your dog has gotten into some macadamia nuts, your immediate action should be to get to the vet.

Never (ever, ever) feed your dog Macadamia nuts. If he gets into some, call your Vet immediately! Click To Tweet

As for those yummy side products of nuts, the butters, that’s a little different story.

Most peanut and almond butters are safe for your dog to eat, but you must read the ingredient label first.

Some butters contain a substitute for sugar known as xylitol. While not toxic to humans, it can be fatal to dogs. Xylitol can cause insulin levels to spike and can eventually lead to hypoglycemia (extremely low blood sugar) in some dogs.

Also, dogs have gone into liver failure after ingesting it. Even more alarming, the ingestion of xylitol can lead to internal hemorrhaging as it restricts the blood’s ability to clot.

Check this out for more information on xylitol and its scary effects.

Here’s a more in-depth look at specific nuts your dog can and cannot eat:

Never Feed Your Dog These Nuts ☠

  • Can dogs eat almonds? No.

    Can Dogs Eat Almonds?

    No. Dogs should not eat almonds.

    Almonds are very high in fat and technically not toxic to dogs.

    However, the high levels of fat and large size might make them difficult to digest and may put your dog at risk for pancreatitis.

    Ingestion of a small amount might lead to vomiting and diarrhea.  Monitor them closely and call your vet if they start behaving abnormally.

  • Can dogs eat pecans? No.

    Can Dogs Eat Pecans?

    No. Pecans are too high in fat to be consumed by your dog. They are also too large and the risk of intestinal blockage is high.

    The size risk coupled with the high fat content means dogs should not eat pecans.

    Ingestion of a small amount might lead to vomiting and diarrhea.

    If your dog gets into some pecans, monitor them carefully and call your vet if they start behaving abnormally.

  • Can dogs eat walnuts? No.

    Can Dogs Eat Walnuts?

    No. Walnuts are too high in fat to be consumed by your dog. They are also too large and the risk of intestinal blockage is high.

    The size risk coupled with the high fat content means dogs should not eat walnuts.

    Ingestion of a small amount might lead to vomiting and diarrhea.

    If your dog gets into some walnuts, monitor them carefully and call your vet if they start behaving abnormally.

  • Can dogs eat macadamia nuts? No. Never.

    Can Dogs Eat Macadamia Nuts?

    No. NEVER allow your dog to eat macadamia nuts and contact your vet if they’ve eaten some accidentally.

    Macadamia nuts are extremely toxic to dogs.

    No one is sure of the compound within the nuts that is so deadly, but just a few of these nuts can cause neurological problems like tremors, dizziness, or even temporary paralysis.

Nuts Safe for Dogs

  • Can dogs eat peanuts? Yes, but in extreme moderation.

    Can Dogs Eat Peanuts?

    Yes. Peanuts can be fed to your dog, but in extreme moderation.

    Peanuts contain high levels of fat which might not be good for your dog if they eat too many of them.

    Too much fat in your dog’s diet can lead to pancreatitis.

    Also, make sure the shell is removed and that they are unsalted.

  • Can dogs eat peanut butter? Yes, without xylitol.

    Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter?

    Yes. Dogs can eat peanut butter but you must read the ingredient list first.

    Some peanut butters contain xylitol (an artificial sweetener) which can be fatal even when ingested in small amounts.

    Also, some nut butters contain high levels of salt.

    When given in moderation, peanut butter can help keep your dog’s coat and immune system healthy.

  • Can dogs eat almonds? No.

    Can Dogs Eat Almond Butter?

    Yes. Dogs can eat almond butter in moderation, but you must read the ingredient list first.

    Some almond butters contain xylitol (an artificial sweetener) which can be fatal even when ingested in small amounts.

    Also, some nut butters contain high levels of salt and fat.

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