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

bad nuts for dogs

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.

A correct diet is always important!

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 intestinal obstruction.


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We would like to thank Veterinary Pet Insurance who created this infographic that pet owners can refer to as a guide to which nuts may be toxic and how much the average veterinary cost is to treat dogs that have ingested a toxic nut.