What kinds of nuts are good and bad for your dog?

We’re all guilty of sneaking human foods to our pooches from time to time, and while we’re aware of food no-nos like chocolates and grapes, nuts can be a little trickier as some are perfectly fine to give as treats but others are not. Read on to find out more.
By Claudia Chia
Published on Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Despite the high fat content in nuts, there are actually many nutritional benefits for Fido. With such a variety available at your local supermarket, it can be pretty confusing to differentiate the good from the bad. If you’re not sure what nuts are doggy-safe, check out our list below:

Peanuts: They are not toxic to canines, and should be served raw or roasted, unsalted, and without their shells. Although they are high in fat, peanuts are a great source of protein. Hence, it’s often considered a superfood for active pooches. Peanut butter given as a treat should be natural and must only include peanuts without the addition of sugar, salt, or artificial sweeteners.
Verdict: Safe!

Cashews: As with peanuts, cashews are non-toxic and safe to feed in moderation—as long as they have been cooked or roasted. Raw cashews contain a toxin that can be eliminated through cooking.
Verdict: Safe to give in moderation.

Hazelnuts: Generally alright to feed in moderation. However, due to their size, they may pose a choking hazard to smaller pooches.
Verdict: Safe to give in moderation.

Chestnuts: Even though chestnuts are not toxic to dogs, they can pose a choking hazard to Fido and should be avoided.
Verdict: Safe if accidentally ingested, but avoid feeding.

Pistachios: These nuts—although not toxic to pooches—are rich in fat and can lead to tummy upsets or pancreatitis. An occasional pistachio (without the shell) is alright, but do avoid giving anything more.
Verdict: Safe, but avoid feeding anything more than one occasionally.  

Macadamias: These nuts contain an unknown toxin that can lead to neurological issues and are super high in fats. This can cause your pooch to have serious gastrointestinal distress or may lead to pancreatitis.
Verdict: NOT safe.

Pecans: Feeding your pup pecans can result in them having gastrointestinal distress. Mouldy pecans also contain tremorgenic mycotoxins which can cause seizures or neurological symptoms.
Verdict: NOT safe.