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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Can Dogs Eat Pistachios?

Rachel Poli Author
Jul 3 ·

Considering that there are some types of nuts that dogs can consume, you may be wondering about pistachios. Can dogs eat pistachios? The short answer is technically, yes, but they probably shouldn’t.

Pistachios aren’t toxic to dogs. However, they can do more harm than good. So, when it comes to sharing a nut with your furry friend, you’re probably better off sharing another option. Additionally, if you do want to try feeding pistachio nuts to your pooch, then be sure to contact their veterinarian first and get the go-ahead from them.

can dogs eat pistachios?

Are pistachios good for dogs?

Believe it or not, pistachios do have some health benefits for your canine companion. However, this is only when the nut is fed to them unsalted, unshelled, and given to them once in a blue moon.

Pistachios contain thiamine which helps proper brain function and growth, manganese, vitamin K, and vitamin B6. They are also rich in protein and dietary fiber, which is great for your dog’s energy levels and digestive system. It’s also high in unsaturated fats, which is healthy for your pooch in moderation.

While your dog does need all of these nutrients to help them thrive, they also get all they need through their commercial dog food. Their dog food brand should make up about 90% of their diet, while everything else should only be about 10%. For example, pistachios can be included in that 10% of your dog’s diet but in very little amounts and only on occasion. 

How are pistachios bad for dogs?

When given in large quantities or given often, pistachios can have a negative impact on your doggo. If they have eaten too many pistachios, then keep an eye out for these symptoms:

  • Stomach upset
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea

If you notice any of these signs, call your veterinarian right away.

In addition, these nuts are a choking hazard. They are quite large in size, and if your dog accidentally eats the shell, they won’t be able to digest it properly. Or, it’ll just get stuck in their throat. This is especially true for small dog breeds.

Also, pistachios are a high-calorie food. Did you know that one ounce of pistachios is about 150 calories? So even if your doggo could eat one ounce of pistachio nuts, that is way too many calories for them to consume in one snack.

Overall, dogs can’t properly digest this nut. Unfortunately, this means it makes your doggo prone to an upset stomach, gastrointestinal issues, obesity, or pancreatitis.

can dogs eat pistachios?

Pistachio poisoning

So can dogs eat pistachios? They aren’t toxic to dogs, which is good. However, they are difficult to digest, on the larger side, and have hazards such as having a shell or being salted.

The other danger is that pistachios may have aspergillus mold, which can cause pistachio poisoning. This can also be caused by too much salt or the high phosphorous content within the nut.

Symptoms may vary from diarrhea, vomiting, fever, loss of appetite, lethargy, difficulty breathing, and so much more. If you see any of these signs in your dog, then call the emergency veterinarian right away. 

How to safely share pistachios with your dog

Once you get the go-ahead from your vet to share this nut with your pooch, then you can do so in moderation. When buying pistachios, be sure to buy the unsalted kind that’s plain. You can either get pistachios that don’t have shells, or you can remove the shells yourself. Just be sure your doggo doesn’t accidentally snatch any fallen shells off the ground or any extra pistachios that happened to be left out. 

You can add pistachios in their dog food as long as it’s only a little bit and it’s not a daily thing. Pistachios can be a nice food topper if chopped, taking care of the choking hazard. Alternatively, if you’re snacking on some pistachio nuts, you can toss one or two to your pooch if they’re begging for you to share. 

Can dogs eat pistachio ice cream?

Your dog should stay away from this one. The high milk and cream content can give your dog an upset stomach, especially if they’re lactose intolerant. In addition, it’s high in sugar which can lead to diabetes and weight gain. Finally, flavored ice cream typically has added sugars and ingredients that are not safe for your doggo to eat.

can dogs eat pistachios?

Can dogs have pistachios?

Unfortunately, it’s not a clear-cut answer. Pistachios are not toxic for dogs, and they do have some health benefits. But these nuts should only be used as a rare treat. When given as a treat, small amounts are key.

Otherwise, pistachios have more cons than pros. They are a choking hazard and can easily make your furry friend sick in more ways than one. That’s why it’s important to always talk to your vet about it first.

Even if you get the okay from your vet, always monitor your pooch while they eat. This was you could ensure they eat what they’re supposed to, and it’s not too much. Otherwise, there is other healthy food that’s safe for your doggo to consume.

So can dogs eat pistachios? Probably best avoided.

Similar reading: healthy alternatives to pistachios

Rachel Poli Author
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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