Dogs and Nuts Are Not a Good Mix

M. K. Albus By M. K. Albus, 20th Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3wqanowh/
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When you are snacking your dog can smell it and will come in hopes of a hand-out. If you are snacking on nuts, though, you need to read this important information before sharing with your dog.

Be Careful What You Feed Your Dog

Dogs have a keen sense of smell. Most dog owners know that if they are eating something their dog will smell it and come to see what you are eating and they will usually want some of it. Well nuts are a nutritional snack for humans and it is not uncommon to be eating nuts. Before long, our dog is at our side looking at us with those loving eyes, watching us eat those nuts, and wanting us to share with them. Our first inclination is to share. We might even have fun throwing a nut and watching our dog jump to catch it in its mouth.

But nuts can produce stomach upset and even worse conditions for our dogs. A dog's stomach has trouble digesting whole nuts. And that is a big part of the problem. If the nuts were well chewed they would not cause as much stomach upset but as we all know, dogs don't chew their food. They gulp it down and nuts they swallow whole.

A dog's stomach cannot break down whole nuts and gets upset trying. Then, as the nuts pass into the intestines they can cause blockages and constipation.

Nuts are also high in phosphorous, which in dogs can lead to bladder stones. Nuts are also very fatty and their kinds of fats can lead to pancreatitis in dogs.

While most nuts are not exactly poisonous for dogs, they are not very healthy and excessive consumption can lead to serious health problems. One kind of nut, however, is poisonous to dogs and that is the Macadamia nut. Macadamia nuts have a toxic compound that affects the skeletal muscles of a dog and it can lead to tremors and even temporary paralysis. They should never be fed to dogs.

A few nuts may only upset a dog's tummy but continued regular consumption can lead to bladder stones, gall stones, pancreatitis, and intestinal problems. So it is best not to feed your dog nuts at all. The nuts smell good to a dog, though, so it is up to us to keep them away from our beloved dog..

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Animals, Dog Health, Dogs, Nuts, Pet Care, Pet Health, Pet Nutrition, Pets

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M. K. Albus is a freelance writer, editor and publisher who writes both opinion columns and informative non-fiction articles on food, environment and sustainability.

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author avatar Retired
20th Jul 2015 (#)

Yes I've heard before that nuts are bad for dogs, also chocolate.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
20th Jul 2015 (#)

Keep away from feeding dogs the nuts you have is a very sound advice. Will always remember it.
Learnt nuts of any for is bad and this is wikiNUT. And all have their dogs and nuts experience.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
20th Jul 2015 (#)

Chocolate enlarges the heart.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
20th Jul 2015 (#)

Problem is dogs swallow nuts because their canine teeth are not equipped for biting them.

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author avatar M. K. Albus
20th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you, Lady Aiyanna, for your comments. Yes, chocolate is another food to keep away from dogs. When my daughter was small she shared all of her snacks with the family dog. She loved chocolate and nuts and it was heartbreaking for her to learn that she could not share those things with the dog.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
20th Jul 2015 (#)

It might surprise some dog owners the various things that are fine for people but not for dogs.

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