Unlike much of other dog food, nuts can be actually dangerous for dogs. However, not all nuts are created equal, there are some which are good for dogs. If you are thinking of including them in your pet’s diet, there are plenty of things that you should be aware of. Let’s together explore which types of nuts can a dog eat.
The list of nuts that are safe for your dog is long. However, there are a couple of important things you should keep on your mind. All types share a quality that makes them an unfavorable part of any dog’s diet, we are talking about the amount of fat content. As they are high in fat, dogs should only eat some nuts rarely in very small amounts.
Technically, the following nuts are safe for dogs.
- Sunflower Seed
All of the types of nuts in the list above are something your dog can have a bite of. Mind you, only a couple of nuts is more than enough for your pet. No matter how much he might like to eat almonds, for example, giving them to him in big quantities can cause serious health issues such as vomiting and diarrhea. On top of that, he might also get pancreatitis.
The same goes for all types of peanut butters. Even though they enjoy them, they should only be given to dogs once in a blue moon. When you give peanut butter to him, make sure it is xylitol-free. It is extremely toxic to dogs.
Additionally, if you are considering chocolate covered nuts, forget about it. Chocolate is also toxic to dogs.
If you do decide to give him nuts, make it a special treat that occurs rarely, and make sure that they are raw and without any shells and are unsalted.
While the nuts mentioned above are not technically toxic, you should pay much more attention to the list below. The following nuts are toxic to dogs and all dog owners should raise a red flag if their dogs eat one of these.
- Macadamia Nuts
- Black Walnuts
Macadamia nuts and Black Walnuts are especially dangerous nuts from this list. Eating these can cause severe neurological problems. If your dog eats them, it is necessary to visit a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Even though pecans are not technically toxic, like walnuts, they are quite big and too high in fat. Their size is especially dangerous making them a choking hazard. Unfortunately, this is something that applies to all bigger nut types, as dogs are not careful chewers like humans. Furthermore, pecans and walnuts can cause obstructions in a dog’s digestive system, so make sure that your best friend steers away from them.
When feeding your dog, it is extremely important to know which types of food are harmful to him. Unfortunately, even though humans can enjoy nuts, it does not go the same for dogs.
We have to advise you to keep your dog away from all nut types. There are simply not too many benefits for them to be found in their bowls. If you do decide to give them nuts, make sure it is not one of the toxic ones, and serve them in extremely low amounts. After all, this food is high in calories, and dogs require much less than humans, despite being more active and playful.
Consult your veterinarian before you start giving nuts to your dog, he will know to give you the best advice for your specific dog breed. Also, check what is covered by your dog’s insurance.