Can I Give My Dog Almonds?

Can I Give My Dog Almonds?Since almonds are so healthy lots of owners are tempted to feed them to the family dog. While these very nutritious nuts for good for daily consumption, their appropriateness for canines is in question.

No doubt that almonds are a great snack in-between meals. Heck, they’re an excellent food supplement. Unfortunately, most types of nuts end up giving dogs stomachaches or worse.

There are actually several other reasons why feeding your pet dog some almond nuts, too often, could be unhealthy. We are going to present you with all the facts for Fido’s sake.

Can I Give My Dog Almonds? Answer: Not Recommended

Canines cannot process nuts as well as humans can.

Almonds have many healthy attributes such as essential minerals, calcium and especially vitamin E. But, in general, nuts are not suitable for dogs. That said, a couple almonds is going to be harmless since they aren’t exactly toxic. But this particular nut is difficult for dogs to digest which makes it a poor choice for a snack. So while a small amount of almonds won’t be a doggie disaster, they still aren’t advisable.

It’s best to keep all nuts away from your dog to reduce the risk of gastrointestinal complications.

Actual Almond After Effects

If your dog has eaten their fair share of almonds then it’s time to watch them closely for symptoms. Their digestive system may not process almonds very well. Don’t be surprised to see a combination of diarrhea, vomiting and upset stomach. These are the typical short-term effects of a dog encountering a food they don’t agree with.

Longer term almond consumption complications could include undesirable weight gain from the high levels of fat. Pancreatitis could also develop, especially if your dog has been eating large quantities of these nuts over a long period. Don’t accommodate your best buddy’s desire for almonds.

Choking Hazard Possibility

The size and hardness of each and every almond becomes a factor when the potential for a choking hazard is considered. Remember that dogs don’t really chew up their foods like we do. This is yet another reason why the risks outweigh any health benefits that almonds may offer your dog.

What about Almond Milk

Almond milk could serve as a replacement to cow’s milk, if your dog has trouble digesting milk. But keep in mind that dogs don’t typically need milk of any kind after they’ve been naturally weaned off of it. It’s not something that you have to supplement their diet with. Since they don’t need milk, almond milk gets a no-go as well. You don’t need to get fancy with your dog’s diet.

Rich & Creamy Butter

It is well-known that dogs like peanut butter, and since almond butter is very similar, you may think to give your dog some. Economically speaking, almond butter is at least 3 times the price of peanut butter. It’s not logical, from this perspective, to get into the habit of giving it to your dog. Also, dogs tend to digest peanut-based foods better than almond-based foods so all the factors point to avoiding this type of butter.

Conclusion on Almonds

Giving almonds to your dog is not a good idea. Avoid the risk of tummy aches by steering clear of nuts altogether. Canines consuming such questionable foods may require visits to the veterinarian down the road. Instead, buy a good dog food for peace of mind. You really don’t have to give them anything else in order to cover any nutritional gaps. Keep the almonds for yourself!

Many experts say you should avoid getting into the habit of giving your canine people foods altogether. As an example, and since we’re talking about this food group, macadamia nuts can be very poisonous for dogs. So sometimes sharing our foods with our best buddies can be dangerous and even tragic regardless of the good intentions.

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Phil October, 2016

You have some very good articles on foods to feed and not to feed. I thought I would mention that a lot of people don’t know that peanuts are not really nuts, although they are called nuts. They are actually legumes and are part of the bean family.


Matt April, 2016

I think this is mainly an issue for small dogs. I have a large Pit Bull who loves nothing more than people food. She eats tons of stuff that she is not supposed to, including lots of nuts, with no adverse reactions. Even foods with chocolate, avocado or onion don’t bother her.

She has even stolen whole pizzas and significant amounts of guacamole (that’s how I figured out the tolerance). Most dog food, on the other hand, makes her sick (or if she breaks into the cat food). Every time we take her to the vet, she comments on how healthy she is. By contrast, she was sick and malnourished when we rescued her.

People food makes her happy, so we give her people food. It might not be the healthiest diet, but most people also choose very unhealthy diets in favor of pleasure. If she were a small dog, I would probably be much more careful. She’s literally 40 times bigger than a Chihuahua, so a harmful dose of most stuff for her would actually be pretty big.


Mary August, 2015

Today my dog got into some almonds and regurgitated them up whole. She continued throwing up in addition to the frothy foam. I gave her a small amount of charcoal water, as I couldn’t get much down her without help around. Now she is laying low, taking it easy and hasn’t thrown up in half an hour. I am thinking she’s on the mend but called our vet anyway to ask if I should give her Benadryl. They said it wouldn’t hurt. Anyway, activated charcoal is the first thing the emergency room will give a human or a dog in case of poisoning, i.e. drug, alcohol or food. It works like a charm and I consider it nature’s purifier.


Sandra February, 2015

I had my dog Tiffany in the car with me and I was eating almonds. I gave her some and she loved it, she ate about five. She woke me up just now throwing up. I’m going to call the vet in the morning. I don’t know what to do but I’m worried. Never again!


Kathy November, 2014

My Doberman just ate biscuits made out of almond flour. What should I do?


Terence February, 2014

Almonds have very high-oxalate (Oxalic Acid) content and is best avoided by dogs prone to calcium oxalate stones including kidney and bladder stones.


Barfield October, 2013

A lot of ‘human’ food is quite good for your dog and will not hurt them one bit. Almond butter just doesn’t happen to be one of them.


Moriah August, 2012

No almonds for dogs! I started feeding my dog almond butter every day. It soon became a morning breakfast ritual for her as I was making my toast for myself. Well, today, she was acting very lethargic and I brought her to the vet. They did x-rays, to check for an obstruction, and blood work. All was fine except I believe the vet said something about the possibility of Pancreatitis.

Pancreatitis is caused by excess fat in the diet. The only change was the almond butter. The vet said this is very bad for dogs. I also happened to be snacking on some almonds last night which turned out to be stale. I left them on the table without thinking. This morning I noticed undigested almonds in my dog’s stool. This was one of the reasons I brought her to the vet in addition to being lethargic. When I explained the symptoms, the technician looked scared and immediately asked about the amount consumed.

Almonds have tons of fat. I know it’s the good kind of fat and they recommend almonds for losing weight. But, now my dog has got to be hospitalized for two days after x-rays and blood work. It’s going to run $1,100 – $1,300 if all goes well. I know they love almonds, but I have been reading up and trust me: it can lead to Pancreatitis fast. You have to find a low fat treat. My dogs also love carrots. Try that instead.


Joe June, 2013

Dogs aren’t humans, we love them as if they are but they are dogs. The canine family has evolved different digestive systems than the primate family. So, please, stop feeding your dog human food!


James June, 2013

Many folks would agree with you regarding dogs and human foods. Actually, when you think about it, human digestive systems aren’t made for what we consume either!


Cathrina July, 2014

We make our own food for our dogs and add supplements. There are some good foods, but most of them are garbage and just feeding your dog only kibble is not good either.


Michelle January, 2015

I am totally freaking out about this. My little 2 pound Chihuahua just found an almond on the floor I had dropped and ate it. She is so tiny, it doesn’t take much to be toxic for her. I guess I will call the emergency vet after reading this article.


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