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Aw, Nuts! Can Dogs Eat Pistachios?

Aw, Nuts! Can Dogs Eat Pistachios?

Written By Rebecca Paredes

Jul 27, 2016

Picture this: you’re noshing on trail mix, living life like a healthy baller — but you feel like you’re being watched. Sure enough, you glance down and notice two soulful eyes staring up at you with every ounce of hope a dog can muster.


We know how hard it is to say no to those persuasive puppy eyes, and if you follow DogPack, then you already know that dogs shouldn’t eat almonds or tons of peanuts.

But can dogs eat pistachios?

Always run any dietary questions by your vet ahead of time. But if you drop one pistachio on the floor, and your aptly-named dog Hoover vacuums it up, they’ll probably be fine. However, pistachios aren’t recommended for dogs in high quantities. Here’s why.

Can Dogs Have Pistachios?

Pistachios are part of the cashew family, and like all nuts, they’re high in fat. In humans, those fats can be a good thing — our bodies need healthy, unsaturated fats to function properly and have the energy to take our pups on walks.


But in dogs, large quantities of fats can contribute to conditions like hyperlipidemia, pancreatitis, and diarrhea. As a result of high-fat diets, high cholesterol levels can decrease your dog’s lifespan. It can also cause neurologic and metabolic issues, as well as obesity.

Long story short: high-fat foods are bad news for pups, so you shouldn’t give your dog endless bushels of pistachios.

Are Pistachios Bad For Dogs?

Tree nuts like pistachios also have a nefarious secret: if they become moldy, they often contain low levels of aflatoxin, a poisonous substance that can be deadly for dogs. Call your vet or the pet poison helpline if you notice your dog exhibiting any of the following symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive drooling
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Excessive thirst
  • Discolored gums
  • Lethargy
  • Black tarry stool

Here’s one more warning about pistachios: their shells are dangerous for pups if swallowed. Those hard, difficult-to-open shells can wreak havoc on your dog’s gastrointestinal system by causing a blockage.

Sick dog on bed

Intestinal obstruction is common in dogs because they love to eat anything and everything, but it’s important to catch it early. If you notice any of the following symptoms, take your furry best friend to the vet for further treatment:

  • Straining during bowel movements, or unable to defecate
  • Abdominal bloating or pain
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Refusing to lie down
  • Diarrhea

Pistachios may be delicious as a people food, but they’re not worth the risk for dogs. Instead of tossing Bella a few nuts from your bag of trail mix, give them a good scratch behind the ears — they’ll be much happier!


Still searching for a way to spoil your pup? Try making them some homemade dog food in the slow cooker, or check out our summer-friendly dog treat recipes!