Dogs

Can Dogs Eat Nuts?

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What Nuts Can Dogs Eat?

 

Estimated Read Time: 4 minutes

Summary: In this blog, we learn all about whether dogs can eat nuts! We’ll discover if it’s safe for a dog to eat nuts, and if they can, which ones in particular and whether nuts are good for dogs. Read on to find out if dogs can, and if they should eat nuts…

 

Can Dogs Eat Nuts?

In general, most nuts can be deemed safe to eat by dogs. Well, whose pooch doesn’t go wild over a lick of peanut butter!? But, some nuts are not so safe for dogs to eats, in particular macadamia nuts…

Are Nuts Good For Dogs?

Nuts contain Omega 3 fatty acids, which we know can be great for dog’s joints, their skin and coat health. However, nuts are very high in calories and fat so should only be considered as a very occasional treat food. Too much fat in a dog’s diet can cause an upset stomach, leading to issues like diarrhoea and being sick. Over a longer period of time, a high-fat diet can lead to inflammation of the pancreas called pancreatitis.

As a general rule, treats shouldn’t make up more than 10% of a dog’s daily food intake to help keep their weight (and thus health) under control. Read up on how many treats you should feed your dog here.  

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What Nuts Can Dogs Eat?

Nuts that are relatively safe for a dog to eat in small quantities include:

  • Unshelled Pistachios
  • Pecans
  • Cashews
  • Peanuts
  • Pine nuts
  • Walnuts, Almonds and Hazelnuts: These three are OK, but Walnuts and Almonds can be hard to chew and can also be quite large. So, they do pose a choking and digestive blocking risk. In the case of hazelnuts, these are a unique shape and may pose a choking hazard, particularly for smaller breeds. Feed these three nut types to your dog with more caution.

Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter?

Yes, dogs can eat peanut butter but be sure to opt for a brand that is low in sugar and salt. But most importantly, make sure the peanut butter doesn’t contain xylitol (artificial sweetener). Xylitol is incredibly toxic to dogs. 

And, Is It OK For A Dog To Eat Seeds?

There are some seeds that dogs can eat. For example Flax, Chia and Sunflower seeds are OK for dogs to eat, but make sure you only let your dog have a small amount per day as these too can be high in fat. Aim for no more than 1/4 of a teaspoon of seeds per day. 

Can My Dog Eat Honey Nut Cheerios?

Yes, it's safe for dogs to eat a little of your Honey Nut Cheerios, but as with nuts, only as a treat as the nutritional value of honey nut cheerios to a dog is essentially nil. 

What Nuts Can Dogs Not Eat?

There are some nuts that dogs shouldn’t eat. These include:

  • Macadamia Nuts - Macadamias are extremely toxic to dogs
  • Brazil Nuts - The fat content is too high, and can cause unwanted digestive stress
  • Nutshells - Nutshells can be sharp, so pose a threat to their digestive system and are generally more difficult for dogs to digest
  • Out Of Date Nuts - Mouldy nuts can be very dangerous for a dog to consume. Ingesting mould can cause problems with their liver and in some cases even induce seizures
  • Flavoured Nuts - Things like chilli nuts, or honey-roasted nuts can potentially be poisonous to your dog so it’s best to avoid these specially-tampered-with nuts. 

Check out our list of other human foods that are known to be toxic for dogs and should be avoided at all costs:

What Are The Signs I Need To Call A Vet?

If you think your dog has consumed a macadamia nut, a nutshell, mouldy/flavoured nuts, call your vet immediately. 

If your dog appears lethargic, vomits, has diarrhoea, has a seizure, or seems unlike themselves/unwell after eating nuts, call your vet with haste. 

Most dogs don’t have an issue with a couple of “safe” nuts and seeds here and there. Just be mindful of their daily fat and calorie content alongside their consumption of tasty, small but densely fatty nuts.

Related Reads

5 Weird Human Foods That Are Toxic To Dogs

Omega For Dogs: Why Do Dogs Need Omega Oils?

6 Amazing Homemade Treats To Spoil Your Pooch

Sources

Dog Eared, My Ollie

Animal Wellness Magazine

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