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Can Dogs Eat Nuts?

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
Aug 12 ·

Out of all the people food you may or may not share with your dog, you might wonder if dogs eat nuts? Nuts are a tasty snack for humans, and they’re small enough for dogs to chew. Unfortunately, the short answer is to stay away from nuts as a treat for your furry friend. There are a few reasons for this, so let’s talk about it.

Are nuts safe for dogs to eat?

The good news is, some nuts are safe for dogs to eat. This means that if your doggo happens to eat a nut or two, they’ll be fine. Most nuts aren’t toxic to dogs, but some nuts can be toxic. In addition, if nuts are moldy, then they are most definitely toxic to dogs.

When it comes to feeding your dogs nuts, research whether they should be roasted or not. No matter what the nut is, though, always remove the shell. Nutshells are unsafe for dogs to eat because they are tough to chew, may become a choking hazard, or cause an intestinal blockage. 

can dogs eat nuts?

What nuts can dogs eat?

While it’s a good idea to keep nuts away from your pooch, some nuts are okay for your dog to eat. But, of course, these should be given to your pup in moderation and small quantities.

Brazil nuts?

Brazil nuts are large, but they are safe for your dog to eat. If you decide to feed this to your pooch, it’d be better to give it to a large or giant dog breed. Brazil nuts are the fattiest nuts, which can cause weight gain, upset stomach, and pancreatitis. The risk of these issues is increased for smaller dogs. Also, since they’re large nuts, they can be a choking hazard for any dog, especially smaller pups. 

Cashews?

Roasted cashews are safe for your doggo to eat. However, raw cashews or cashews in their shells are toxic, so you need to make sure this nut is roasted. Luckily, if you buy cashews, then they typically come roasted.

However, they should only be fed once in a while and small quantities. Cashews are high in fat and calories, so that they can cause weight gain in your dog. They are also high in potassium, which can pose problems for their urinary tract. Finally, cashews are rather large. They can pose a choking hazard or cause an intestinal blockage, especially in small dog breeds.

Can dogs eat macadamia nuts?

Macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs. They should never be fed these nuts. There is no safe amount to feed your pooch macadamia nuts, so it’s best to stay away from these nuts no matter what. If you notice that your doggo has weakness in their back legs or they’re vomiting, have diarrhea, or have gastrointestinal problems, then they may have macadamia poisoning. Bring your dog to the veterinarian right away. 

can dogs eat nuts?

Can dogs eat seeds?

The nuts will vary, depending on what the nuts are. When it comes to feeding your dog seeds, the answer will also vary, depending on the seeds. Seeds are typically okay for your dog to eat, as long as it’s fed in moderation and small quantities.

For example, you can give your pooch raw sunflower seeds that are unsalted and don’t have the shell on them. Chia seeds need to be soaked in water before giving them to your dog. Otherwise, the seeds could expand in your dog’s stomach and cause issues.

Flax seeds are okay to give your dog. In fact, you can sprinkle a little on their commercial dog food to give them a little nutrient boost. Flax seeds may already be an ingredient in their dog food, though, so don’t give them too much. 

Can dogs eat pine nuts?

Pine nuts are not toxic to dogs. However, they should only be fed to your dog in moderation and small quantities. These nuts are high in fat and phosphorous, which can cause gastrointestinal upsets and pancreatitis. In addition, if your pooch is prone to urinary tract infections, the high phosphorous amounts could cause more issues. 

Can dogs eat pistachios?

Pistachio nuts are also safe for your dog to eat, but they have no value whatsoever. They are not toxic, but these nuts can carry juglone, aspergillus mold, or mycotoxins, which can all cause liver damage. In addition, they are also high in fat and calories. Finally, similar to all the other nuts, they pose a choking hazard and cause intestinal blockage, especially in smaller dog breeds.

can dogs eat nuts?

Should you feed your dog nuts?

There are many other nuts out there. Some are safe, and some are toxic. They may all be a choking hazard. It’s best to keep nuts away from your dog, no matter their age or breed.

If you feed your pooch nuts, the safest options are peanuts, roasted cashews, Brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, pine nuts, and roasted chestnuts. Always stay away from almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts, and hickory nuts.

Nuts should always be fed in moderation and small quantities. Watch your dog while they eat to ensure the nuts agree with their system. 

Similar reading: learn more about what your dog can and can’t eat

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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