Nuts Good and Bad

Not all nuts are created equal. I love nuts, especially pecans and pistachios. That is one of the things I miss about living in Florida, I was so close to the pecan groves in Georgia. I always have all kinds of nuts in my house. I never worried about the dogs getting into them until I spilled a can of pecans and the dogs went nuts trying to eat them before I could pick them up. My heart stopped because I couldn't remember if pecans were really safe for dogs. I knew peanuts were because after all there's dog peanut butter. That should mean all nuts are safe right? Wrong and I knew better. I kicked myself as I chased the dogs out of the house so I could clean up the mess and not worry about them eating them. 

Once the mess was cleaned up and my boys were back inside I did an internet search. I wanted to see how bad it was going to be because I knew that at least one dog got at least one pecan. Those were the odds if I was being realistic. I found out that while pecans aren't lethal they can cause an upset tummy. I also discovered there are more nuts than just peanuts that are ok for dogs.

Good Nuts For Dogs

Peanuts: if they are raw or roasted, removed from their shells, and unsalted, are safe for dogs. Dogs don’t tend to experience peanut allergies as frequently or as violently as humans do, but those allergies do exist.

Cashews: Dogs can eat cashews as an occasional treat, however eating too much can cause stomach pain. Make sure they are also cooked or roasted, due to raw cashews nuts contain a toxin which is eliminated through high-temperature.

Hazelnuts: Dogs can eat hazelnuts as they are not toxic to them. But, if you have a small dog, a hazelnut could pose a choking risk or could cause an intestinal obstruction.

Bad Nuts For Dogs

Almonds: Dogs love the taste of almonds. While not toxic, almonds are not easily digested can give your dog an upset stomach and create gastric intestinal distress.

Walnuts: Walnuts contain a toxin named tremorgenic mycotoxins can cause seizures.

Macadamia nuts: Are very rich in fat which can give your dog a major upset stomach and may cause pancreatitis. In addition, these nuts are reported to contain an unknown toxic principle that may result in neurological symptoms. They are also part of the grape family

Pecans: Contains the toxin juglone that can cause laminitis in horses. Feeding dogs pecans can cause gastric intestinal upset or an obstruction.

Pistachios: Rich in fat and can cause your dog to develop an upset stomach. In addition, repetitive eating of pistachios can cause pancreatitis in your dog.

 Hickory Nuts:  They contain the toxin juglone that can cause laminitis in horses. Eating hickory nuts can cause gastric intestinal upset or an intestinal obstruction.