Can a Dog Eat Almonds?

Can a dog eat almonds? Are almonds toxic for dogs? And what happens to them when they eat one? We’ll answer all of these questions and more below!

By Hungry Bark | November 2, 2021

If you’re looking for a healthy treat to give your sweet pup, you’ll definitely want to do a little research first. Believe it or not, dogs can’t eat everything we can. Even if something is super healthy for us, it might be toxic for our dogs.


Whether it’s fruit, veggies, nuts, or something else… If you’re not sure which food is safe for your furbaby to eat, you can click here to find more Hungry Bark articles about which human foods you can safely feed your dog.

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So the big question is… should your dog eat almonds? The short answer is no. Almonds are not a safe treat for dogs, and can definitely cause some problems. While they aren’t quite as toxic as other nuts, they should definitely be avoided at all costs.


But if your pup does consume some, try to stay calm. Always contact your veterinarian for advice. And check out our answers to your questions below about what happens to dogs if they eat almonds, and what symptoms to watch out for. This way, you can be prepared and aware ahead of time, and hopefully prevent any unnecessary worry.

What Happens If My Dog Eats Almonds?

Be careful if you have almonds in the house because your dog will love the smell of them. And they may just try to sneak some when you’re not looking. But almonds can be very dangerous for dogs. If they do get a hold of a few almonds, watch out for the symptoms listed below:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • General discomfort
  • Lethargy

Eating almonds can cause other problems like pancreatitis because they are high in fat. Or they could create a blockage in your dog’s throat or intestines. Depending on the severity, your dog might need surgery. So it’s always best to contact your veterinarian right away if you suspect that your dog has consumed any almonds.

Can One Almond Kill a Dog?

If your dog does consume one or two almonds, try to stay calm. Just one almond shouldn’t harm your dog too much. But make sure to watch out for the symptoms above. And it’s still safest to contact your veterinarian—just in case there’s a choking or blockage problem. But if your dog has eaten more than just a couple, you should definitely contact your vet immediately.

Can Dogs Eat Peanuts?

Peanuts are the safest nut for your dog. But they are technically a part of the “legume” family, not the “nut” family. Weird, right? However, peanuts are known to be high in fat, so they are not the best treat to give your dog in large amounts or on a regular basis.

Can Dogs Eat Cashews?

Cashews are also safe for dogs, but only in small quantities. They are high in fat, like peanuts. So if your dog does eat a few cashews that you accidentally dropped—they’ll be fine. But if they got into a container and ate a large amount of cashews, you should definitely contact your veterinarian. Eating too many peanuts or cashews could lead to pancreatic problems.

Can Dogs Eat Walnuts?

Walnuts fall into the same category as peanuts and cashews. They are not poisonous to dogs, but they are high in calories and high in fat. So they shouldn’t be given to your dog in large amounts, or very often. And giving your dog whole walnuts could also be a choking hazard. So it’s best to just avoid these too.

What Nuts are Bad for Dogs?

Nuts in general are not the best snack for dogs. Even though not all nuts are toxic to dogs, some are. And the ones that aren’t are still high in fat, which leads to obesity and pancreatic issues.


Any nut that is salted is also unhealthy for your pup, and can cause water retention issues. Nuts like almonds are a choking and blockage hazard. And nuts like macadamia nuts are very toxic for dogs.

If your dog gets a hold of any macadamia nuts, contact your vet immediately. Typically, when a dog suffers from “macadamia nut toxicosis,” they will experience symptoms like “vomiting, weakness, hyperthermia, and CNS depression.”


So the moral of the story is… Just avoid letting your dog eat nuts altogether. There are plenty of other safe, tasty, and healthy treats you can give your pup, without the worries of toxicity or choking.

What Human Foods Can Dogs Eat?

Here are some lists of safe foods you can feed your sweet pup at home. Just remember... Everything in moderation! A dog’s treats should only make up 10% of their daily intake, so that their well-balanced dog food diet can make up 90%. Even if they are super healthy foods.

But if you’re going to feed your furry companion some fun “human food” snacks, check out these lists below. And remember—no added sugar, salt, butter, seasonings, or anything else. And especially no xylitol—it’s poisonous to dogs. Just plain, natural foods.


And if you’re ready to feed any of these to your pup, make sure you check out the best ways to safely serve them. Always cut food into small, edible pieces. Remove any stems, cores, seeds, peels, or rinds. And some fruits even require that you remove the skin. When it comes to meat—it’s safest to remove the bones to help avoid any choking incidents. And definitely cut away the really fatty pieces.

Vegetables Dogs Can Eat:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Corn
  • Green Beans
  • Peas
  • Spinach

 

Fruits Dogs Can Eat:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cranberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Mangos
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon

 

Healthy Proteins for Dogs to Eat:

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Ham
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Salmon
  • Shrimp
  • Tuna
  • Turkey

 

Other Human Foods Dogs Can Eat:

  • Bread 
  • Cheese
  • Coconut
  • Eggs
  • Honey
  • Milk
  • Peanut Butter
  • Popcorn
  • Quinoa
  • Wheat & Grains
  • Yogurt

 

What is the Healthiest Food to Feed Your Dog?

Need to find a new dog food that you can feed your pup, so they’ll receive the best nutrition possible? Try Hungry Bark!

Hungry Bark dog food only uses the safe and healthy human-grade ingredients. Our recipes are nutritionally-balanced and will help your pup feel their best.

 

All ingredients are ethically sourced. And our dog food is slow-cooked in a kitchen to preserve the nutrients in every recipe.

For more articles with helpful pet parenting advice and dog nutrition, check out The Daily Bark blog on HungryBark.com.

Popcorn kernels are the other problem to worry about when feeding your pup popcorn. Even if the popcorn is completely plain and air-popped, the kernels could hurt your dog’s teeth if they aren’t expecting to chomp on something that hard. Or they can get stuck in your dog’s teeth, and then become a choking hazard.

So if you’re hoping to safely feed your pooch some popcorn, make sure to sort out the unpopped kernels and partially popped pieces. You could even break apart the pieces you think are safe—just to be sure.

You might notice symptoms like gas, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach upset, inflammation, skin rashes or irritation, and excessive licking. For most dogs, this shouldn’t be a problem. But in the same way that every human is different—so is every dog! And you’ll want to keep an eye out for these allergic reactions.


So if you’d like to try giving your pooch some plain, air-popped popcorn as a treat… just start with a few pieces here and there to see if they have any kind of bad reaction. If they do, stop feeding them popcorn. And if the symptoms are severe, you should talk with your vet.

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