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Can Dogs Eat Nuts? Find Out Which Nuts Are Safe — And Which Aren’t

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As humen, we seem to have an inherent desire to share the things that give us pleasure, especially foods. With a world of information available at our fingertips, it merely stimulates sense to inquire what human foods are safe for dogs to eat before we offering them to our pets. Dogster has looked into various food groups and asked if puppies can eat fruits, vegetables and dairy products. Now, we turn our attention to popular snack nuts. So, can dogs eat nuts? Can puppies feed almonds? What about peanuts, pistachios, cashews and other nuts?

Can puppies feed nuts? First, a general term on dogs and nuts Can dogs eat nuts? A dog licking a jar of peanut butter.

Can puppies eat nuts? Photography by Anna Hoychuk/ Shutterstock.

Can dogs feed nuts? Well, the answer to,” Can puppies eat nuts ?” isn’t so straightforward.

Can dogs feed nuts in their shells? Although some nuts may not contain native toxins that adversely affect dogs, the shells of all nuts present the risk of tearing tissue as they move through a dog’s digestive tract. Can dogs eat nuts out of their shells then? The meat of many nuts contains high quantities of fats that can cause upset stomachs. Many store-bought, commercially-available nuts are also packaged with salt and other chemicals, which can dehydrate or even poison dogs.

Can dogs eat nuts covered in chocolate or other candy coatings? These types of nuts are even more dangerous. Chocolate is toxic to puppies.

And can dogs eat nuts that are raw? On the whole, even raw nuts seem to be unwise food options for dogs, even if they are given in moderation as treats. Old nuts that have mold on them present a whole load of other problems and should be kept away from dogs. Mold toxins can cause seizures, neurological distress and liver problems for puppies. In fact, moldy foods of any kind or range — no matter where they sit on any version of the food pyramid — should be disposed of properly.

So, can dogs eat nuts of any kind? With all these cautions and provisoes out of the way, let’s look more closely at the question: Can dogs feed nuts? And can dogs eat nuts like almonds, peanuts, pistachios, etc .?

Can dogs feed almonds?

Can dogs feed almonds and if so, are almonds good for puppies? As with most of the nuts we’re looking at here, almonds are not … technically toxic for puppies. However, as with most of these nuts, almonds are high in fat, attaining them difficult for dogs to digest in large quantities. Fatty foods can be dangerous for puppies because they outstripped the capability of their pancreas to break them down and process them. Too much fat in a dog’s diet can lead to pancreatitis.

Can dogs feed peanuts?

Peanuts are one of the most common nuts that come to mind when guessing,” Can puppies feed nuts ?” If they are raw or roasted, removed from their shells, and unsalted, dogs can safely eat a few peanuts. Dogs don’t tend to experience peanut allergies as often or as violently as humen do, but those food allergies do exist. Peanuts do contain more fat than is usually good for dogs, so a few peanuts should be okay, but proceed with caution. This is especially true if your pet tags along to dog day at your local baseball park, where peanuts may litter the bleachers.

Can puppies feed peanut butter?

Whether dogs can eat peanuts and whether they can eat peanut butter seem to be different questions altogether. Creamy peanut butter, with as low of a sodium content as possible and in limited quantities tends to be a safe and entertaining treat for dogs. If amusing YouTube videos are any evidence, puppies genuinely seem to enjoy a spoonful of peanut butter. Here at Dogster, though, we wouldn’t recommend feeding a puppy anything simply for amusement. Also, make sure any peanut butter you’re feeding your dogs does not contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.

Can dogs eat pistachios?

Removed from their shells, pistachios can be okay for puppies, but are not recommended. Pistachios are not toxic to puppies, but have too high a fat content for dogs in large quantities. Do not dedicate dogs pistachios that are still inside the shell, which, like other nuts in the shell, can cause digestive blockages that can be dangerous in their own right.

Can dogs eat cashews?

Cashews are high in fat, and it doesn’t take many for a puppy to reach the limit of their recommended fat intake. Too many can lead to weight gain and pancreatitis.

Can puppies eat walnuts?

As with most of the nuts when wondering,” Can puppies eat nuts ?” walnuts are too high in fat for dogs. That aside, walnuts also tend to be larger than nuts such as peanuts or pistachios. Puppies don’t chew their food as thoroughly as humen do, so larger nuts, like walnuts, are more difficult to digest. Unprocessed, larger nuts can obstruct a dog’s bowel movements.

Can dogs eat pecans?

No, and for all of the same reasons as walnuts. Not merely are they too high in fat, but too large and difficult to digest. Another frequent problem for puppies and nuts is stomach upset if they eat too many.

Can dogs eat sunflower seeds?

If they are unsalted and removed from their sharp shells, yes, sunflower seeds are okay for puppies in small amounts. Another one to watch out for on the ground or in the bleachers at ballgames.

Can dogs eat macadamia nuts?

This is the most toxic nut when guessing,” Can puppies eat nuts ?” Macadamia nuts are the grapes and raisins of the nut kingdom. They are highly toxic to dogs, even in limited quantities, but no one is yet certain why. Of course, unless you live in Hawaii, Australia, or certain countries in Africa or South America, a dog’s hazard of accidental ingestion is probably small. A few macadamia nuts can cause real short-term neurological problems for dogs — tremors, dizziness and even temporary paralysis. Your puppy is better off without macadamia nuts.

A few parting thinks to the question, Can dogs feed nuts?

It is important to remember that, voracious eaters as dogs is also available, they are generally much smaller than people. This means that dogs will often have trouble processing and digesting things that present humans with relatively few issues. Based on our research, it seems the best course of action when it comes to dogs is to keep them away from nuts.

Thumbnail: Photography by dogboxstudio/ Shutterstock.

This piece was originally published in 2014.

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About the author

Melvin Pena is a writer, editor, and social media administrator who expends most of his time in Durham, North Carolina. The best interest include his puppy, Baby( of course !), art, hiking, urban farming and karaoke.

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