Can Dogs Eat Pecans?

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Can Dogs Eat Pecans?

Can dogs eat pecans?

No, dogs cannot eat pecans.

Although pecans are delicious nuts, they are absolute dangerous to dogs.

Ingesting 1 or 2 pecans won’t kill your dog, but eating an entire pack of pecans can be fatal.

Why pecans are dangerous for dogs?

Pecans contain a high level of fat.

High-fat foods can cause lots of health problems such as obesity and joint disease, gastrointestinal upset, including diarrhea and vomiting, and pancreatitis.

can dogs eat pecans

Salty pecans may induce extreme thirst and urination, vomit, tremors, depression, diarrhea, hyperthermia or seizures.

Sodium can be deadly to dogs in large quantities.

Pecans still in the shell represent a choking hazard or can induce intestinal blockage.

Moreover, pecans contain a toxin call juglone that is poisonous to dogs.

They can lead to liver failure and to the development of bladder stones.

Tree nuts like pecans can be contaminated with Aflatoxin, which is a natural byproduct of a mold named Aspergillus.

Unlike humans, dogs are very sensitive to aflatoxin and even minor amounts are unsafe.

My advice is:

If you suspect your dog has eaten pecans, you should get him to an animal emergency care hospital immediately.

You should make sure you keep pecans at home stored in a safe place away from your dog.

While some dogs just love nuts, there’s no reason you should feed your dog nuts as part of his diet.

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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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