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Good Nuts & Bad Nuts For Dogs -Know Your Nut & Why

Good Nuts & Bad Nuts For Dogs -Know Your Nut & Why

I get asked all the time why nuts are not great for dogs. Especially considering one of my favourite treats is made with peanut butter. But all nuts are not created equal, nutty I know but you should be aware that some nuts are very dangerous for us to eat.
Would it surprise you to know that “nuts and dogs” is one of the top Google search terms when it comes to pet topics? Clearly, pet owners want to know if their dogs are in danger when it comes to nuts—particularly almonds, pistachios and walnuts.

So check out this little info-graph all nuts that are just not great for and dogs and then see our list of good nuts and bad nuts for dogs
Provided by VPI Pet Insurance

Good Nuts For Dogs

Peanuts: raw or roasted, removed from their shells, and unsalted, peanuts are safe for dogs. Dogs don’t tend to experience peanut allergies as frequently or as violently as humans do, but those allergies do exist.

Cashews: Dogs can eat cashews as  an occasional  treat, however eating too much can cause stomach pain. Make sure they are also cooked or roasted, due to raw cashews nuts contain a toxin which is eliminated through high-temperature.

Hazelnuts: Dogs can eat hazelnuts as they are not toxic to them. But, if you have a small dog, a hazelnut could pose a choking risk or could cause an intestinal obstruction.

Bad Nuts For Dogs

Almonds: Dogs love the taste of almonds. While not toxic, almonds are not easily digested can give your dog an upset stomach and create gastric intestinal distress.

Walnuts: Walnuts contain a toxin named tremorgenic mycotoxins can cause seizures.

Macadamia nuts: Are very rich in fat which can give your dog a major upset stomach and may cause pancreatitis. In addition, these nuts are reported to contain an unknown toxic principle that may result in neurological symptoms. They are also part of the grape family

Pecans: Contains the toxin juglone that can cause laminitis in horses. Feeding dogs pecans can cause gastric intestinal upset or an obstruction.

Pistachios: Rich in fat and can cause your dog to develop an upset stomach. In addition, repetitive eating of pistachios can cause pancreatitis in your dog.

Hickory Nuts: They  contain the toxin juglone that can cause laminitis in horses. Eating hickory nuts can cause gastric intestinal upset or an intestinal obstruction.


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  1. Thank you so much this really helped.

  2. Brilliant info… I always give my pooch a couple of peanuts here and there but have always been worried to give him anything else, this clears up what he is occasionally allowed ☺️
    Thanks guys x

    • I am so happy to hear that our post was helpful! Maggie loves her peanuts too! Hope to see you visiting again thank you for commenting!

      • Reminder everyone, peanuts are a legume (bean) and not a nut. Probably why they are ok for dogs. Thanks for this important article..really appreciate knowing.

  3. Thank you so much… I always give my dog a couple peanuts every here and there, and now I don’t have to worry!! nice yo know what you can and cannot give your faithful companion, there your family!! ❤

  4. I was given my dogs , beagle and a pitbull, raw peanuts everyday and my pitbull began to get an upset stomagh so from now on , I will give them ocassionaly not every day

    • Just like people each dog is unique when it comes to their diet. Keeping the peanuts away from the pit bull is probably a good idea.

  5. I was giving my dogs some Macadamia nuts some time ago and one of them did vomit them all up. I was told by my vet at that time not to give them any of those as they are very toxic to dogs. Thankfully he was OK. I do give them the occasional Pistachio nuts as they love nuts. They don’t get more than 3 when they do have them.

    • So glad to hear that you asked your vet about what nuts are okay for dogs. It can also vary too depending on the dog. Maggie goes nuts for peanuts! Thanks so much for commenting!

      • Peanuts are not a nut!
        Peanuts are a member of the pea family.

        I give my Silky terrier roaster
        2 peanuts in the shell without salt
        as a treat when he goes potty outside.

        Also I give him a small dab of peanut
        butter to take with his daily Vitamin.

        • Wow I just learned something new! Thanks for that I had no idea they’re part of the legume family and that they grow underground. But beside what family they are from, my dog too just loves them, especially a dab of peanut butter! Thanks Ken, I have an all new respect for this little pea!

  6. My dog eats acorns that drop from the tree, are those dangerous because I will have to not leave my dog in the yard if they are, too many to clean them up. I have tried to stop her but she finds them and then cracks the shells open and eats the insides.

    • okay I did a littler searching and this is what I found out…
      Acorns (Quercus spp.) contain a toxic principle called Gallotannin. In cows and horses who repeatedly ingest significant amounts, we have seen potentially severe gastrointestinal irritation, depression and kidney damage.

      Dogs, however, generally do not forage on acorns as livestock do—and even if they do ingest several acorns, it is usually an acute (single) exposure, not a chronic situation. In these cases, we typically only see mild to moderate gastrointestinal upset, which can include vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal discomfort. However, there is also the potential for mechanical irritation (from the sharp fragmented pieces of acorn), and possible obstruction, should a large amount of acorn material become lodged in the GI tract. Via: ASPCA website: https://www.aspca.org/about-us/faq/acorn

      Hope that helps.

  7. I recently discovered my blue nose pit loves pistachios! She can even shell them but I stopped letting not wanting to take any chances! I learned the hard way not to leave the bag within her reach! She go them while I was asleep and I had empty shells all over the floor with an empty bag! She also loves pecans so I guess I should dissuade her from eating them! I caught her eating a beer bottle one day! My friends didn’t believe me until they were visiting one day & witnessed it! Naturally I try to keep her from that but the two that she ate did not cause any ill affects! I don’t know how she didn’t cut her gums, tongue, or mess up her insides! She is a tough little girl, an alpha dog, and my baby!

    • She sounds like a crazy chewer! Might have to get her chew toy to keep her occupied! Love Pits, they can be so sweet!

  8. I live near an old coppiced Wood which is full of sweet chestnut trees, when my 14 year old staffy X was much younger she used to go wild when the Chestnuts were down, rushing around an eating as many as she could! Still runs everywhere, that is more selective and only eats a few in the autumn. Have also got I recently acquired Greek rescue dog, who only this morning managed to knock over a bowl of nuts left over from Christmas (!) that was on the sideboard, and ate a hazelnut and a walnut – but I guess as a stray in the streets of Athens she must have been much worse!

    • Oh my goodness! What nutty dogs you have! I am sure they will be okay. Best advice if you see them acting strangely a vet visit might be in order. Thank you for sharing your story, it put a smile on my face today.


  9. my two dogs have been eating almonds for years and never had any issues with them. they don’t get them often, but they do enjoy them

    • I think moderation is the key. Maggie has had an almond or two and has been okay. I think sometimes it depends on the dog.

  10. this info was great to find. I have a question about almond milk. would that be ok to give my baby? she is a chow/blue healer mix and we have her on a wellness nutrition drink called zeal. my husband and I both drink this after God lead me to it. we both have chronic pain I have depression. I have a brittle bone disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta which means bones that break very easy. any how Zeal has been a God sent to us, we put our baby girl on it after we were told she had a tick disorder that was causesing her to have seizures and she only had one week to live. that was 4 months ago. With the grace of God he showed us what to take that was good for us and her. I just wanted to share with every one. thank you and may God bless u all.

    • Hi,
      This is what I found about almond milk and dogs…The answer is yes, it is safe for most dogs unless they are allergic to it. BUT it must not contain chocolate, raisins, and artificial sweeteners like xylitol. These ingredients that are known to be toxic and cause adverse effects to dogs are common ingredients that are blended into almond milk for flavor and variety.
      Can Dogs Drink Almond Milk? – Animal Hub

  11. Hi iv just got a new wee staff puppy and when I asked the owner wat his diet was she told me at 7-8weeks the pup was fed “feedwell nuts” an then I’m to add a pouch of normal food into the mix ….. I assume that FEEDWELL is a brand but I’m totally clueless as to wat these NUTS R ???? Can someone help asap plz

  12. Hi TRINA thanks for the speedy reply….. Yes its fair to say I feel a bit silly atm I should have realised that “nuts” really meant nutrition !!!! I was wondering how unearth “nuts” would be good for a pup lol lol ….TRINA thank u very much for ur help

  13. My German Shorthaired Pointer has in recent weeks started sniffing out and eating what seem to be walnuts among the driftwood and seaweed debris at high tide mark on the beach near our house. He cracks them open in his jaws and chews them but then swallows the lot. So far he has vomited up a couple of them whole and seems to be OK but my main concern is that a sharp piece will obstruct or tear his intestines. The puzzling thing is where all these nuts have come from. There are no walnut trees nearby. It’s pretty irresponsible if someone has dumped them overboard from a boat. It’s made our favorite place for my dog to run free a danger because he sure seems to love those nuts when he finds them.

    • That sounds awful all those walnuts on your favourite walking spot. I know Maggie loves the beach. My biggest worry with her is rolling on a dead fish. Not the easiest smell to get out of a dog’s coat.

      I would really try to stop your dog from eating these. As you can tell by the way he is vomiting, that they are not good for him. Hopefully they will stop coming up on shore.

      • Walnuts are not great for dogs…but not bad either. It’s the BLACK WALNUT of North America which hides the toxins. Vets….you should know this…recently released update. read !!

  14. I know what you mean about rolling on fish. My dog had a great time rolling on a big slab of whale blubber that washed up on the beach a few months ago (we are in New Zealand) and even with a doggie shampooing in the shower it took a couple of weeks for the stink to finally fade away! At least that won’t harm him like the walnuts. I now stay away the main area where he finds the nuts.

  15. Great information. My dog loves nuts, especially Almonds. No more Almonds

    Thank You

  16. My dogs eats fox nuts. He likes it a lot. Nothing has happened still. Do you have any information. He is 1.5 year old healthy pug.

    • I don’t know very much about fox nuts except that they are a seed from the Lily family. Best to check with your vet to see if they know. Sorry that I could not be more helpful.

  17. If my Chihuahua ate a piece of baklava with walnuts and pecans will he be okay?

    • You should check on your Chihuahua and make sure he is not showing any signs of illness. My best advise would be to consult a vet just to be sure.

  18. He hasn’t shown any signs of illness, thank you.

  19. Thanks so much for this info. My dog just ate 5 chocolate walnut brownies (from off the table). Thanks to your info I rang the vet who got me to bring her in straight away. She has developed a heart arythmia but has now thrown up and they are monitoring her closely. Lesson learned- watch sneaky dogs closely!

    • I am so happy that you enjoyed the info. I am also hoping that your dog makes a full recovery! Very best wishes.

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