Which nuts are safe to eat for dogs?

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Dietitian’s constantly propound the health benefits of nuts for humans. However, it can be a rather dangerous food group for dogs. Only certain nuts are considered safe for consumption by dogs. Even these nuts need to be taken in moderate amounts so as to not cause gastric upset. Some dogs are more tolerant to nuts than others. Only a handful of nuts has the ability to induce vomiting and diarrhea in some dogs. They can even trigger off allergies in dogs who are prone to allergies.

Nuts that dogs can safely consume

Some of the nuts that dogs can safely consume are –

  • Peanuts – Shelled and unseasoned peanuts are great for dogs, roasted or raw. Dogs don’t usually exhibit peanut allergies.
  • Hazelnuts – Again, hazelnuts are not toxic for dogs. Roast them or serve them raw. As long as the hazelnuts are not seasoned with syrups or spices, they are safe to consume.
  • Cashews – Cashews have to be administered carefully. Any more than one or two may cause stomach problems in your dog.
What about nut butters?

Dogs can be fed nut butters. However, these too should only be provided in moderate amounts. Make sure the nut butter is sugar-free and low sodium. A good idea is to stick to natural and organic nut butters, so you can limit your dog’s sugar and salt intake.

Caution

Nuts have a high fat content. While this fat is considered good fat, eating nuts in excess can cause high blood pressure, pancreatitis and weight gain. The pancreas gets inflamed as a result of pancreatitis and is unable to break fat down. If your dog comes down with this condition, rush him/her to a vet and don’t leave them to recover at home by themselves. They will need pain medication to deal with the severe pain in their abdomen and IV fluids which will flush the fat from your system. Infact, your dog may also be required to go on a lifelong low-fat type in order to fight a certain kind of pancreatitis.

Conclusion

Are nuts as healthy for dogs as they are for humans? No. Your dogs get the nutrition they require from their dog food itself. Nuts can definitely improve their coat and skin health but it doesn’t have any other specific health benefits for your dog apart from that. You can use peanut butter stuffed into a toy to keep your dog engaged for hours. Refrain from giving your dogs nut mixtures as there are nuts which can be fatal for them. Macadamias, pistachios and walnuts can be toxic for dogs. So only feed your dogs shelled almonds, cashews and peanuts in moderation, if you must feed them nuts.

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