Can dogs eat cashews? Have you ever wondered about the answer to this question? You're not alone! Many people wonder whether or not a safety issue exists if dogs to cashews. I know that many of you are also curious about dogs eating nuts in general.
I understand that you want to share treats with your pets. Does it seem boring to you that your dog eats the same food every single day and at every single meal? You can share quite a lot of your food with your dog, but nuts are a controversial subject. I'm sure dogs eat cashews all the time in homes everywhere, but it isn't the best practice.
I will lay out some of the reasons and facts behind the concern over feeding your dog nuts. I would also like to refer you back to other articles I've written about dogs eating fruit and feeding your dog vegetables. Dogs can enjoy many of the healthy treats referenced here without adverse effects to their health.
Can Dogs Eat Any Nuts At All?
The answer to this question is... sometimes. Dogs may suffer stomach upset from nuts that are very fatty. If you feed your dog a high fat diet, it could cause pancreatitis. Consequently, nuts are not your best choice as a dog snack.
In addition to the fat content in nuts, these tasty treats occasionally have bits of shell still on them. Nut shells can wreak havoc on a dog's digestive system. In fact, dogs don't easily digest the nut itself, either.
You should also consider the high salt content of nuts. You should keep your salty foods to yourself and not share them with your dog. Dogs cannot tolerate high levels of sodium and nuts, of course, contain lots of salt.
As you can see, the risk of feeding your dog nuts is not only about potential allergies or whether the nut itself is toxic. Your dog isn't used to rich salty fare like nuts. If you do feed nuts to your dog, you should do this very sparingly and never more than one or two nuts at a time. You can't let their begging sway you.
Can Dogs Be Allergic to Nuts?
According to Petinsurance.com, Nationwide Insurance reports that walnut poisoning is one of the most common claims for toxicity in pets. Dogs, like people, can be or become allergic to any type of food at any time.
You don't need to feel terrified by this, but familiarizing yourself with some of the signs and symptoms of food allergies in dogs is a good idea if you occasionally share food with Fifi.
Dogs Suffering Allergic Reactions Show These Symptoms
Did you know that ten percent of all allergy cases dogs suffer are food related? Dogs also can suffer from food intolerance, which is different from a food allergy, but still pretty unpleasant. Your dog doesn't have thumbs, so he can't exactly clean up after himself.
If you notice your dog suffering from chronic ear inflammation or gastrointestinal problems including diarrhea and chronic gas, this could signal a food allergy. Other potential signals of food allergies in your dog could be lots of licking at their feet, body or hindquarters.
If you ever notice sudden changes in your dog's behavior, a call to your vet is in order. You should always be cautious with your trusted companion. Your dog can't call the doctor himself. He needs you to help him out. Be proactive about your dog's health.
Which Nuts Are Safe To Feed Dogs?
As I've already discussed, nuts in general are controversial. There are a few nuts that are safer than others, however, and I'll list them out for you now. You must remember that just because a nut makes the safe list, your pet could still have an allergy.
Therefore, feeding any of these nuts is not recommended.
- Almonds: not specifically toxic to most dogs.
- Peanuts: probably safe in very sparing amounts.
- Peanut Butter: small amounts of peanut butter are probably ok for dogs to eat.
- Pistachios: are ok for dogs, but not recommended. If you do give one or two pistachios to your dog, be sure the shells are completely removed. You should also choose low or no salt pistachios to share.
Nuts Your Dog Should Never Eat
Walnuts contain a toxin, but it isn't noted to be dangerous for dogs. The problem with walnuts is that they may contain a fungus called tremorgenic mycotoxins which cause neurological problems and seizures. Walnuts are large and pose a greater risk for bowel obstruction in dogs.
Macadamia Nuts are far too fatty to be safe for dogs and may contain a yet unknown toxin. You should avoid feeding macadamia nuts to your dog. It isn't worth the risk.
Pecans are also unsafe for dogs because of the size and fat content. You just shouldn't feed your dog any nuts on the large side.
Can Dogs Eat Cashews?
Finally, you get the answer to your question! Dogs can, but shouldn't, eat cashews. I understand that isn't a very satisfying answer, but like the movie Jurassic Park once said: "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should."
This same sentiment applies to you and your interest in feeding your dog nuts. You probably can, but there are so many reasons that you shouldn't. I have some great news, however. You can feed your dog lots of other healthy people food instead!
5 Healthy Dog Treats
Firstly, you need to know that it is very easy to feed your dog tons of extra calories through sharing a few simple snacks. You should operate by the ten percent rule: treats you give your dog should never make up more than ten percent of their daily caloric intake.
Your solution to finding healthy dog treats may just be fruits and vegetables. You can give your dog several fruits and veggies safely. You will satisfy your furry friend and also keep him slim and healthy.
You can feed your dog the following healthy treats:
- Ice cubes: Your dog might love a simple ice treat on a hot day!
- Watermelon: You can give your dog a little watermelon to tempt his taste buds.
- Peeled apple slices: You may feel free to share a couple of slices of apple with your companion.
- Baby carrots: You can give your dog a few carrots, those in the know agree.
- Peeled, cooked potatoes: You may treat your dog to a few chunks of well-cooked potatoes, or a scoop of mashed. You should omit cream and butter from the potatoes you give your dog.
You can feel free to research these food items yourself, or go back and read the articles I wrote about feeding fruits and veggies to your dog.
The Bottom Line About Dogs and Nuts
You can feed your dog cashews if you are really set on the idea. You must feed these treats very rarely, however. If you remember that they are unhealthy choices, you will feel better giving your dog a healthier option like those I've suggested here.
Do you have friends with dogs? I'd love it if you shared this article with them over social media so we can all be informed about safe doggie feeding. I'd also love to connect with you on Twitter. You can follow the page at @dog_hubs. Once we are connected, you can send me your comments about this article. I look forward to hearing from you.