Can Dogs Eat Nuts?

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Can Dogs Eat Nuts?

Can dogs eat nuts?

No, dogs shouldn’t eat nuts.

Certain types of nuts can contain toxic substances and induce an upset stomach or an intestinal obstruction in dog’s gastrointestinal tract.

These scenarios can lead to emergency surgery and unpredicted veterinary expenses.

Additionally, the shells of nuts are associated with the risk of tearing gastrointestinal tissue as they move through dog’s digestive tract.

The majority of nuts have high quantities of fats.

The fats can induce vomiting and diarrhea, and potentially pancreatitis in dogs.

can dogs eat nuts

Lots of commercially-available nuts are also wrapped with salt and other chemicals, which can lead to dehydration or even be poisonous to dogs.

Acceptable Nuts

  • Peanuts (removed from their shells, and unsalted)
  • Cashews (only cooked or roasted)
  • Hazelnut (in small dogs break it into little pieces because there is a choking risk)

Bad Nuts


About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

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