Nuts may pose risks to dogs due to choking hazards, high-fat content, fibrous nature, and possibilities of pancreatitis.
Whole nuts can cause choking in dogs due to their swallowing habits. Break nuts into small chunks to prevent blockages.
Nuts being high in fat can cause weight gain and heart issues in dogs if consumed excessively.
Excessive fiber in nuts can strain a dog's digestive system, leading to stomach upset, diarrhea, and vomiting.
The high-fat content in nuts can strain a dog's pancreas, leading to inflammation and irritation.
Dogs should only consume plain nuts in moderation due to their high caloric content. Veterinary advice recommends 10% of a dog’s daily intake comes from treats.
Watch for symptoms of nut toxicity like vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, weakness, and fever. Rush your dog to the vet in case of emergency.
Almonds, peanuts, walnuts, and hazelnuts are generally safe for dogs in moderation, unsalted, and unsweetened.
Macadamia nuts, pistachios, Brazil nuts, and pine nuts can be toxic for dogs and should be avoided.