Can Dogs Eat Pecans?

Dogs should not eat pecans. You may love pecans, and since they are perfectly safe and healthy for humans, you may be tempted to share some with your dog. Don’t, because, like many human foods, pecans are great for humans but can be harmful to your dog’s health.

Why Are Pecans Bad for Dogs?

  • Pecans are bad for dogs because they can cause intestinal obstruction, leading to stomach upsets, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • The toxin, aflatoxin, that can be found in pecans, especially moldy ones, is toxic to dogs and can cause liver and kidney damage.
  • Pecans contain the toxin, juglone, which has been found to be harmful to dogs and can cause health complications if ingested in high quantities.

Symptoms To Watch For

If your dog has eaten one or two pecans, this is not a life-threatening situation for them. However, if a dog has eaten more than a handful of pecans, be on the lookout for the following symptoms which may point to toxicity either from aflatoxin or juglone.

  • Diarrhea
  • Yellow eyes and gums
  • Brownish or red urine
  • If your dog has trouble urinating, he may have kidney stones which are a common side effect of aflatoxin poisoning in dogs.
  • Fever
  • Seizure or tremors
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting

If symptoms persist, take your dog to the vet for a checkup.

Nuts Your Dog Should Never Eat

Almonds

Almonds are not toxic but they are pretty tough to digest especially for dogs and may cause a myriad of digestive problems for your dog. An intestinal obstruction that is caused by poorly digested material can cause vomiting, stomach upsets and eventually serious intestinal distress that may become fatal if not attended to in-time.

Since dogs seem to love the taste of almonds and will pretty much gobble up anything in sight, make sure you do not give them almonds or have them stored within their reach. One or two almonds may seem pretty harmless but the risk of intestinal obstruction is enough reason to not feed your dog almonds.

Walnuts

We love our nuts and delicious walnuts are a favorite for many people. However as good as they are for humans, walnuts can be extremely toxic for dogs as they contain tremorgenic mycotoxins that can cause seizures.in dogs and even be fatal in some cases.

Macadamia nuts

If you love macadamias, be sure to avoid sharing them with your dog. These nuts may be rich in vitamins but they are also high in fats. High-fat content is one of the leading causes of pancreatitis in dogs, a serious condition that you certainly do not want to expose your dog to. In addition, macadamia nuts may have toxins that can trigger neurological disorders in dogs.

Pistachios

This is another fat-rich variety of nuts that can lead to inflammation of the pancreas or pancreatitis in dogs. While nuts are a great addition to the human diet, some are dangerous for your dog and pistachios are definitely a type of nut to keep away from your dog.

Hickory Nuts

Hickory nuts, like pecans, contain the toxin juglone.  In addition, hickory nuts are hard for dogs to digest, meaning they can cause intestinal obstruction which will lead to stomach upsets and vomiting.

Nuts Your Dog Can Eat

Your dog can still enjoy nuts as they are some types of nuts that are perfectly safe and healthy for dogs. These include:

Peanuts

Peanuts are safe for dogs to eat whether raw or roasted. Always ensure that the peanuts are unsalted and that the shell has been removed before offering them to your dogs. Most dogs are not allergic to peanuts but if you notice any hypersensitivity to peanuts, do not feed them to your dog.

We cannot talk about peanuts without mentioning peanut butter which is also perfectly safe and healthy for dogs to eat.

Cashews

Roasted cashews can be eaten by dogs in moderation with no adverse effects.

Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts are safe for dogs can be given as an occasional treat.

Take-Away

Pecans are not safe for your dog and should not be fed to them. Some nuts are safe for your dog while some can be deadly, so know your nuts before you offer your pooch some from your bag.

Shelly

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