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Can Dogs Eat Almonds? Can Dogs Eat Almond Butter? What You Need To Know

Can Dogs Eat Almonds? Can Dogs Eat Almond Butter? What You Need To Know

Written By Meredith Kavanagh

Feb 8, 2017

Can dogs eat almonds? Sorry guys, but this nut is not safe for dogs! Our four-legged pals will eat just about anything that comes across their snout. And while some human food can be a healthy treat, and even help clean their chompers, almonds are not a safe option.

In moderation, raw peanut butter or unsalted peanuts are okay for dogs. But are you wondering, “Can dogs eat almonds? Can dogs eat almond butter instead?” The answer is a big fat NO! 

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Can Dogs Eat Almonds?

No. Almonds are not safe for dogs to eat. From salted to plain almonds, all of these nuts need to stay out of paw's reach for Fido. Almonds can wreak havoc on a dog’s digestive system in a few possible ways. We've outlined the red flags below, but always bring any questions and concerns to your vet.

  1. Obstruction: Dogs don’t chew their food, so if they swallow a whole almond, it can get stuck in their esophagus, stomach, or even the windpipe of small dogs.
  2. Gastrointestinal: Almonds have a high concentration of fat, which can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, or pancreatitis. Symptoms of pancreatitis in dogs are vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and extreme lethargy. In severe cases, pancreatitis can be deadly, but even if it’s properly treated by a vet, it will be a costly medical bill.
  3. Sodium Overdose: Most packaged almonds are loaded with salt or other artificial flavoring. So while seasoned almonds will have your pup drooling on your knee, you absolutely cannot give in to this request. Ingesting too much salt is especially dangerous for dogs because their bodies can’t break down sodium as easily as our bodies can. If they have too much sodium, they will show signs of excessive thirst, drink more water, and need to urinate more frequently. Their gastrointestinal and circulatory systems will be under stress as they attempt to digest the excess sodium. 

Gastrointestinal distress or sodium overdose can present itself through vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, and, in severe cases, even seizures. 

If your pooch happens to gulp down one dropped almond, don't freak out. It usually takes more than one to cause harm. Since all dogs have different levels of tolerance, it's always better to err on the side of safety. If you notice any of the listed symptoms, you should go straight to the V-E-T. 

Related: Can My Dog Eat Peanuts?

Can Dogs Eat Almond Butter?

No, dogs cannot eat almond butter. Raw, organic peanut butter is okay for your pup, but only if you feed it to them in moderation. However, a dog’s body cannot digest raw almonds as easily as raw peanuts, so — stay with me here — no almond butter! (We promise they'll be just as happy with dog treats.) 

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Can Dogs Eat Nuts? Any Nuts?

WIth the exception of the occassional unsalted peanut, nuts are a no-go. While almonds are dangerous for dogs to eat, they aren’t technically toxic to their body, but many other nut varieties are. Whether a nut has a specific toxin, which can cause severe reactions, or the item is simply too risky to leave to chance, keep an eye on any nuts that are in your home with a dog. 

The following is a list of nuts that you need to keep away from your pup at all costs:

  • Walnuts (all varieties)
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Hickory Nuts
  • Pecans
  • Pistachios

Feeding your dog any kind of nut is a risk that just isn’t worth the nanosecond look of joy on their face when they get what they want.

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If you suspect that your dog has gotten into any questionable snacks, call the pet poison hotline or your veterinarian immediately!