Macadamia Nuts and other nuts that are Toxic to Dogs

Macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs.  It’s important to keep your dog away from these nuts, and you should never feed them to your pet either.  You may have heard of other kinds of nut poisoning that can make your dog sick too; not just macadamia nuts, but other more common types too.  They include chocolate covered ones called pecan and hickory nuts and walnuts.  Walnuts are also toxic to dogs as well.

Macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs.

Macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs. The seeds are poisonous if ingested by dogs, but only under certain conditions:

  • If a large number of seeds have been eaten at once, this could cause a blockage in your dog’s intestines which may require surgery.
  • If your dog eats one or two whole macadamia nuts that hasn’t been opened yet (the shell), these could puncture the stomach or intestines resulting in an obstruction requiring surgery as well as internal bleeding due to ruptured vessels within the digestive tract walls.

If you suspect that your dog has eaten any of these nuts or if you see symptoms developing after exposure (vomiting/diarrhea), consult with your veterinarian immediately!

Even small amounts of macadamia nuts or chocolate covered macadamia nuts can cause poisoning in dogs.

Even small amounts of macadamia nuts or chocolate covered macadamia nuts can cause poisoning in dogs. Dogs are most likely to become ill after consuming chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, which contain both the toxic ingredient and the cocoa powder coating. Dogs may also eat large quantities of macadamia nuts and become ill from ingesting too many.

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Chocolate is toxic to dogs because it contains substances called methylxanthines, including caffeine and theobromine, that are similar to what’s found in coffee beans. Macadamias have low levels of these chemicals, so they pose little risk when eaten on their own; however, when paired with chocolate or cocoa (cocoa powder), a lethal dose can be reached more quickly than expected due to the enhanced absorption rate by your pooch!

Not all dogs who eat macadamia nuts will experience these symptoms however.

Not all dogs who eat macadamia nuts will experience these symptoms however. In fact, not all dogs that consume the nut will experience any symptoms at all. Some may only have mild ones, while others may endure more severe effects. Even between different animals of the same breed and age range, there is a wide range of variations in how long the symptoms last or how intense they are.

One thing that has been shown to be true for most dogs who have consumed macadamia nuts is that their bodies have difficulty processing them properly and efficiently breaking down the fats within it. This can lead to symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea which occur due to gastrointestinal upset or irritation by these oils being present in high amounts within your pet’s digestive system after eating them (or even just tasting one).

There are other types of tree nut poisons that can also make your dog sick if he eats them including pecan, walnut and hickory nut poisoning.

There are other types of tree nut poisons that can also make your dog sick if he eats them including pecan, walnut and hickory nut poisoning. Even though these nuts are toxic to dogs, they usually don’t cause disease. If your dog eats a small amount of any one of these nuts, it should not be a problem. However, if he eats a large amount or several large amounts over time, it could be harmful to his health.

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The symptoms that you might notice in your pet include vomiting, diarrhea and increased thirst and urination (peeing). In some cases where the poisoning has been severe there may be depression as well as weakness in the legs or an inability for the dog to stand up straight or walk properly on their own.

The severity of the symptoms will depend on the amount of nut the dog ate and on how sensitive the dog is to the poison.

The severity of the symptoms will depend on the amount of nut the dog ate and on how sensitive the dog is to the poison.

The dosage (amount of poison ingested) and how quickly it was eaten, along with other factors like whether or not you got your dog to a vet quickly after eating a toxic nut, are all important in determining how sick your dog will get.

Conclusion

So the next time you are snacking on macadamia nuts and your dog is looking at you with his soulful eyes, just know that sharing them with him could make him sick so don’t share.