Can Dogs Eat Nuts?

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We love snacking on nuts. Nuts are full of protein and healthy fats that make up an important part of our diets. This is not true for dogs. Most nuts are an unhealthy choice for dogs, and some nuts are even toxic.

 

Why Are Nuts Bad for Dogs?

Not all nuts are toxic to dogs, but almost all nuts are high in fat. This can lead to obesity and pancreatic issues in dogs. Feeding your dog salted nuts can also lead to water retention and other complications, and some nuts, like almonds, are potential choking hazards. In addition, there are certain types of nuts, such as macadamia nuts, that are very toxic to dogs.

 

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What Nuts Are Safe for Dogs to Eat?

Peanuts, which are technically in the legume family, are safe for dogs in very small quantities, as long as they are unsalted and unseasoned. Cashews are also reportedly safe in small quantities, but both cashews and peanuts are too high in fat to make regular treats. This means that even though your dog will probably be fine if he scoops up a few peanuts or cashew nuts from the floor, it is not a good idea to feed your dog nuts on a regular basis. Call your vet if your dog eats a large container of nuts, as this could lead to pancreatic issues.

 

Just Say No to Nuts for Your Dog

While not all nuts are toxic to dogs, there are plenty of other treats out there that are much healthier for your dog. Save your nuts for yourself and consider feeding safe fruits and vegetables or vet-approved dog treats instead. Your pup might go nuts for nuts, but learning to say no to nuts will save him health issues in the long run.

Want more information about human foods dogs can and can’t eat? Check out our list.

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