Nuts are healthy and filling snacks. Nuts are good sources of vitamins, minerals and protein and also contain high amounts of unsaturated fats. The high fiber content of nuts is another reason why it has become a favored snack. Aside from the taste, humans eat nuts because these foods are known to lower cholesterol levels. It is not uncommon for people to have nuts in their bags or in their desk as nuts are no mess foods that can instantly alleviate hunger anywhere and anytime.
With a woeful expression on the face, a dog would beg to have a bite of the food the master is eating. A bite of the food will be tossed to the pet because dog owner finds it hard to refuse the pet. However, nuts are not for dogs. Nuts is another item on the list of human foods unsafe to dogs. If the dog has to be rewarded, the owner has to choose other treats as nuts are definitely not for dogs. Almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachio, macadamia - all these nuts have different harmful effects in dogs.
Generally, dogs that eat nuts would suffer from stomach upset. Nuts are hard to digest. Chewing the food aids in the digestive process. However, dogs have the habit of wolfing the food unchewed. Processing unchewed nuts would be difficult for the dog’s digestive system. Ingestion of nuts would therefore cause stomach upset in dogs. The undigested nuts can create a blockage in the dog’s gastrointestinal tract. To remove the obstruction, the dog may need to undergo a surgical procedure.
Nuts contain high levels of phosphorous. Development of bladder stones is common in dogs that frequently ingest nuts. Due to the high level of fats nuts contain, the dog can develop pancreatitis. Fatty food cause the dog’s pancreas to swell thus regular ingestion of nuts can result to a pancreatitis attack
Macadamia nuts have the most serious effect in dogs. Dogs that have ingested even a few kernels of this nut would suffer from stomach upset. Just as with other nuts, macadamia is high in fat and phosphorous content dogs that frequently eat this nut can develop gall stones and suffer from pancreatitis. Macadamia contains an unknown toxic compound that causes the dog to develop temporary paralysis. The dog would develop tremors and have swollen hindquarters because the unknown toxic compound that macadamia nut contains affects the skeletal muscles. Dogs with this condition would find it difficult to move. Fortunately, this painful condition is not permanent as dogs would recover from the toxicity.