Pecans: Can Dogs Eat Them?

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While nuts are a high-protein, healthful food for humans, they aren't necessarily the most Fido-Friendly snacks. Pecans are poisonous to dogs and can cause GI irritation, intestinal obstructions, and other dangerous symptoms including seizures.

Are Pecans Safe for Dogs?

Pecans are native to North America and Mexico, and they're commonly used in pies, cakes, muffins, and other sweet dishes. They're also a filling snack on their own, thanks to their high content of healthy, unsaturated fats and at least 19 vitamins and minerals.

It's probably nothing to be concerned about if your dog snatches a pecan that has dropped to the floor by mistake. Pecans, on the other hand, are not safe to give to your dog as a treat since they may contain the toxin juglone, which can be hazardous to your pet (juglone is also severely toxic to horses).

Pecans, like walnuts, are prone to mold, which includes tremorgenic mycotoxins that can cause tremors, seizures, and even neurological damage in dogs. Pecans are a type of tree nut that can also contain aflatoxin, a natural poison generated by a mold called Aspergillus that develops on pecans.

If your dog eats a moldy pecan (which may develop fast on the shells), they may have convulsions and other neurological problems. Pecans are safe for people who don't have a nut allergy, but dogs' GI systems aren't strong enough to handle the poisons that may be lying on the shell of these nuts.

What Happens If Your Dog Eats Pecans

If your dog eats a rotten pecan or steals a big quantity of these nuts (a handful or more), immediate symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea. These symptoms may only last a few hours, but in more extreme situations, the vomiting and diarrhea can become severe, and you should take your dog to the veterinarian right once, as their illness can be fatal if left untreated.

If your dog is vomiting, urinating, or defecating excessively, your veterinarian will most likely need to give him medicine and water, as well as do blood tests. Prepackaged processed pecans may also have chemicals like salt or other spices that are damaging to our pets' liver and kidneys. If you notice your dog is in pain or acting strangely after eating pecans, you should seek medical help right once.

Nuts heavy in fat, such as pecans, might upset your dog's stomach and cause frequent GI symptoms including diarrhea. Consuming pecans and other nuts can lead to dangerous illnesses like pancreatitis, which is an inflammation of the pancreas, or gastroenteritis, which is an infection of the stomach or intestines in dogs.

Pecans, like many nuts, can be difficult for dogs to digest, and their size and texture, especially in smaller breeds, can cause significant (and even life-threatening) intestinal obstructions. These obstructions frequently necessitate surgery.

Are There any Health Benefits of Pecans for Dogs?

Pecans are high in good fats, protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and they can help decrease harmful cholesterol levels. They're high in antioxidants and have a naturally sweet flavor that most dogs will enjoy.

Unfortunately, because your dog would have to consume a large number of pecans to gain any of the health advantages that people do—and doing so would put them at risk for major health problems—our canine companions should avoid these nuts.

Are Other Nuts Safe for Dogs?

Nuts are typically not recommended for dogs by veterinarians. Peanuts, cashews, and almonds, for example, may be regarded less dangerous. Despite the fact that these nuts all include fiber and protein, they can be choking risks, cause stomach upset or intestinal obstructions, and are sometimes packed with potentially dangerous chemicals such as salt and other flavorings.

You should never feed macadamia or hickory nuts to your dog since they are both poisonous to them. Pistachio nuts and black walnuts are also considered to be extremely dangerous to our pets. If your pet ingests more than a few, contact your veterinarian right once.


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