Can Dogs Eat Nuts?

Can Dogs Eat Nuts?

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As adults nuts provide us with healthy protein and fats, which are an important part of our diet.

However, the same cannot be said for dogs.  Nuts are an unhealthy option for dogs, some of which are toxic.  Nuts are high in fat, and macadamia nuts particularly are toxic and can cause a high temperature, vomiting, increased or rapid heart rate and tremors. 

Certainly, giving your dog salted nuts can lead to water retention and other complications, and some nuts, like almonds, are potential choking hazards.   Nuts that are also particularly bad for dogs include almonds, walnuts, pistachios, macadamia and pecans.  Dogs cannot digest nuts in the same way adults can and, therefore, could also cause tummy upsets and digestive pain for them.

This does not mean to say that, if your dog picks up a nut that may have been dropped on the floor, it is going to cause a problem.  You will need to keep an eye on the dog and contact the vet if you are at all worried.

Good news, Peanut butter is, however, safe to feed to your dog as a treat.  

Providing the peanut butter does NOT contain Xylitol, which causes the problem for dogs, and is a sugar substitute found in lower or sugar-free items.

If the peanut butter you give your dog does NOT contain Xylitol, then it is safe to feed your dog as a treat.