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Which Nuts are Dangerous for Dogs?

dog macadamia nut cookie blogIt’s no secret that some dogs enjoy the occasional scoop of peanut butter. As long as there is no allergy, peanuts are generally safe for canine tummies. But what about other types of nuts? Below are five nuts that can be hazardous to your pup’s health:

1. Macadamia Nuts: Macadamia nuts are the most dangerous offender on the list. Consuming even small amounts can trigger weakness, vomiting, tremors, and lameness in dogs. It’s not known exactly what the toxin is in macadamia nuts, but they should always be kept out of reach from dogs.

2. Walnuts: Ingestion of these nuts can lead to anything from minor stomach upset to bowel obstructions in dogs. Moldy walnuts are a bigger danger because they can cause seizures and other neurological problems.

3. Almonds: Although a few almonds aren’t cause for panic, these nuts can be difficult for canine tummies to digest. Avoid feeding almonds to your dog to avoid any gastrointestinal distress.

4. Cashews: A couple cashews are probably okay for your dog, but use caution because these nuts are very high in fat. Too many fat-filled cashews can lead to pancreatitis in dogs.

5. Brazil Nuts: These nuts contain a significant amount of fat (including saturated fat) compared to other varieties. Just a few Brazil nuts can trigger digestive problems and gastrointestinal upset.

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  • Sandy January 13, 2015, 6:43 am

    My Vet told me that nuts can also cause crystals to form in the dog’s urine. No nuts are served to our dogs.

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