Can I give My Dog Nuts
Nuts, a very popular snack, are quite a nutritious food as far as humans are concerned, but what about dogs? Most dog owners share nuts with their dogs without knowing whether nuts can be given to dogs or no. They have the habit of giving their dog whatever they eat.
If you have a dog and if you care about his health, you should do your home work regarding foods that dogs can and cannot eat. Now do you want to know if you can give your dog nuts? Scroll down for the answer…..
The answer is no…Most nuts do not suit dogs
Generally speaking it is better to avoid giving nuts to your dog, because though nuts are a nutritious snack, many kinds of nuts is not appropriate for dogs and can cause more harm than good.
Why dogs should not be given nuts?
Most nuts are risky for your dog because they can be toxic. Eating nuts which are bad for your dog can cause toxic poisoning, stomach upset and also obstruction in the gastrointestinal tract. Your dog may suffer from vomiting or diarrhea and as nuts are rich in fats, there is a possibility of increased risk of pancreatitis. There are so many varieties of nuts but now let’s take a look at some varieties of nuts that are bad for your dog.
Macadamia nuts should not be given to your dog as it is poisonous. These nuts can cause stomach pain, vomiting, fever, joint pain and neurological problems.
Walnuts – Walnut can cause seizures and neurological problems.
Hickory nuts are unsafe for dogs as it contains a toxic chemical juglone. They can cause stomach upset, seizures and other neurological symptoms.
Pecans also contain the toxic chemical juglone which if eaten can cause gastric intestinal upset.
Pistachios can cause stomach upset and even liver failure in dogs.
Dogs cannot digest walnuts easily and can cause gastrointestinal problems.
Brazil buts should be completed avoided because it is rich in fats and can cause gastrointestinal distress.
Are all nuts bad for dogs?
If you really want to share nuts with your four-legged friend, then a small amount of nuts such as cashew nuts, peanuts and hazelnuts are not as dangerous as the ones mentioned above, but moderation is a must and don’t give nuts to your dog regularly. But it should be noted that for some dogs these nuts also can be harmful too.
- Cashew nuts – Limited amount of cashew nuts is ok, but cashew nuts are also high in fats and can cause stomach pain and pancreatitis. Before you give your dog cashew nuts, make sure they are cooked or roasted.
- Peanuts – Peanuts are also ok for dogs, but beware because some dogs may experience allergic reactions to peanuts.
- Hazelnuts – Hazelnuts can be given to big dogs, but not small dogs. They too contain the toxic chemical juglone that can cause gastrointestinal problems.
So when nuts are beneficial for humans, it is not safe for dogs and it is best not to share nuts with your dog. Give him foods that dogs can eat. Let him be healthy and enjoy a long life as your best companion.