Everything a Dog Owner Needs to Know About Nuts and Seeds

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Dogs and food are a dicey combination. You love to share your food with your dog- even the nuts and seeds you like to eat, but you also wonder whether it is okay for your pet to gobble down sunflower seeds at the park or watermelon seeds during the course of a hot summer day.

Dogs and nuts

It is okay for your dogs to eat nuts. They should be unsalted and if salted, be best avoided. The list of permissible nuts include peanuts, cashews and almonds. Due caution though, nuts have high fat content which could cause diarrhea and also vomiting in dogs. As a dog owner, you must not feed the pups any macadamia nuts or the black walnuts. Both could cause problems. If peanut butter contains xylitol, the artificial sweetener, then it should be avoided. There is a chance of hypoglycemia and liver failure. Nuts covered in any variety of chocolate must not be given at all. Chocolates are toxic to dogs. In short, you should not give your dog too much nuts.

Dogs and seeds

Similar to consumption of the nuts, dogs may gulp down a large number of seeds. Not all seeds, however, are good for them. If you like sunflower seeds, offer them to the dog after you remove the shells. Fruits seeds are harmless to dogs. The list of safe fruit seeds include watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew. Do note that fruit pits are not similar to fruit seeds. Do not give your dog apricot, cherry, peach, nectarine and plum pits.

Dangerous foods

A few seeds and nuts are lethal for dogs. However, do remember that even permissible seeds or nuts for dogs could be a health risk. The level of risk depends on the individual dog. If your dog has a sensitive stomach, the nuts should be avoided. This is due to the fact that these kind of dogs are likely to suffer from diarrhea or vomiting afterward. Big sized nuts, like walnuts and whole pecans, due to their large size could cause intestinal or stomach upset in small dogs. There could also be an obstruction. Dog owners must not feed moldy nuts and must not feed walnuts that have been outside for a longer period of time. Molds may cause a number of neurological problems. One of them is epileptic seizures. Moderation, therefore is crucial in any dog's diet.

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