Can Dogs Eat Pecans?

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Can dogs eat pecans? That is the question that we will try to answer today. Firstly, let us talks about pecans. Pecans are Native American nut from the hickory family.  The word pecan is from the Algonquin language which means nuts needing a stone to crack.

Surprisingly, lots of people are checking the internet if nuts are good for dogs. “Nuts and dogs” is actually a phrase that is commonly researched among pet owners. Clearly, many of us wanted to know if pecans, almonds, peanuts, pistachios and walnuts are safe for dogs.

Pecans actually have a toxin called juglone. This toxin can lead to laminitis if fed to horses. Hence, pecans are not safe for your dogs too, as it can lead to gastric intestinal upset or an obstruction.

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To guide you further, here are the recommended and not recommended list of nuts for your dogs:

Peanuts

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Peanuts are good for dogs. You can give it to them either raw or roasted. Simply remove the peanut from its shell and serve it unsalted. Basically, unlike human beings, dogs don’t have peanut allergies.

Cashews

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Cashews are also good for dogs. Just make sure that you give it to them cooked or roasted as raw cashew nuts contain a toxin which can be removed through high temperature only. Give cashews to your dogs as a treat once in a while as over consumption can lead to stomach aches.

Hazelnuts

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Hazelnuts are not toxic for dogs. However, hazelnuts are not recommended for puppies due to choking risk and intestinal disturbance.

Here is the List of nuts not recommended for dogs:

Almonds

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Surely, dogs love the smell and taste of almonds. Almonds are good and not toxic, however, dogs cannot easily digest it. It can upset the dog’s stomach and can also result to gastric intestinal distress.

Walnuts

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Walnuts taste good. But please don’t feed it to your dogs as it has a toxin called tremorgenic mycotoxins. This is a harmful ingredient that can result to seizures in dogs.

Macadamia Nuts

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Too much fats are not good for dogs. Unfortunately, macadamia nuts have lots of fats which are not advisable for dogs. Macadamia nuts are also known to have toxins that can result to neurological diseases.

Pistachios

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Pistachios should have been a great snack for dogs but its excessive fat content can upset your dog’s stomach. Too much intake can also lead to pancreatitis.

Hickory Nuts

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Hickory nuts is not advisable for dogs. Consumption of this nuts can also lead to Gastric intestinal problems.