Nuts are full of protein and healthy fat and definitely healthy for people. And dogs can go nuts for nuts. But a lot of nuts are unhealthy and some of them even toxic for dogs. Today i will tell you which nuts are good and which are bad for your dog.
First of all, lets say, that dogs do not need nuts in their diet to be healthy. But they love them, so you can use healthy nuts as good training treats for example. Dogs should have all the necessary nutrients from dog food.
Lets start with the nuts, that are okay for dogs. The first one are peanuts, but they should not be salted or coated. Natural peanuts are harmless for dogs and they can be a good reward for good dog behaviour. Peanut butter is also okay, but you should always read a label. If the peanut butter contains xylitol, do not buy it, because it is sweetener that is toxic for dogs.
Walnuts, Hazelnuts and Pecans are another category. All of them are not toxic to dogs and they are high on fat. So far, they are similar to other nuts. But, all these three nuts are bigger, so they might cause choking, especially with smaller dogs and dogs that are not chewing their treats.
There is one nut, that is actually toxic for dogs. It is Macademia Nut. They are poisinous for dogs, just like grapes or raisins. If your dog accidentaly ate Macademia Nuts, look for sign of weakness, vomiting, shivering and diarrhea. You should contact your vet immediatelly after your dog ate them, so the vet can induce vomitting. Of course, if large breed eat one macademia nut, it will not kill him, but these are very dangerous for dogs.
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