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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 only stimulates sense to inquire what human foods are safe for puppies 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 eat almonds? What about peanuts, pistachios, cashews and other nuts?

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

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

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

Can puppies feed nuts in their shells? Although some nuts may not contain native toxins that adversely affect puppies, the shells of all nuts present the risk of tearing tissue as they move through a dog’s digestive tract. Can dogs feed 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 the different 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 loading of other problems and should be kept away from puppies. Mold toxins can cause seizures, neurological distress and liver problems for puppies. In fact, moldy foods of any kind or range — regardless of 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 looking more closely at the question: Can dogs feed nuts? And can dogs eat nuts like almonds, peanuts, pistachios, etc .?

Can puppies feed almonds?

Can dogs eat 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 dogs. However, as with most of these nuts, almonds are high in fat, stimulating them difficult for puppies 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 puppies feed peanuts?

Peanuts are one of the most common nuts that come to mind when guessing,” Can dogs feed nuts ?” If they are raw or roasted, removed from their shells, and unsalted, puppies can safely eat a few peanuts. Puppies don’t tend to experience peanut allergies as frequently or as violently as humans 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 eat peanut butter?

Whether puppies can eat peanuts and whether they can eat peanut butter seem to be different questions wholly. 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 dog anything simply for entertainment. Also, make sure any peanut butter you’re feeding your dogs does not contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.

Can puppies eat pistachios?

Removed from their shells, pistachios can be okay for puppies, but are not recommended. Pistachios are not toxic to dogs, but have too high a fat content for puppies in large quantities. Do not give 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 puppies feed cashews?

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

Can dogs eat walnuts?

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

Can puppies eat pecans?

No, and for all of the same reasons as walnuts. Not only 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 puppies eat macadamia nuts?

This is the most toxic nut when supposing,” Can dogs 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 dog is better off without macadamia nuts.

A few parting supposes to the question, Can puppies feed nuts?

It is important to remember that, voracious eaters as puppies can be, they are generally much smaller than people. This means that dogs will often have trouble processing and digesting things that present humen 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 director 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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