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Are you tempted to share almonds with your pet dog?
You need to know that despite being nutritious, and also quite delicious, most canines cannot fully digest this type of snack.
So that’s the bad news. But is feeding almonds really such a terrible idea?
Here’s the deal:
Regularly giving your dog this nut is a no-no. That’s the case if you want to play it safe.
Though they aren’t exactly poisonous, we cannot encourage almonds as a treat. Get carried away and pancreatitis becomes a concern.
Your Dog Shouldn’t Eat Almonds Often or in Large Amounts
Despite numerous excellent attributes, they just don’t make a lot of sense for furry friends.
You may want to think about keeping your buddy’s life simple by excluding all types of nuts!
Not Healthy For Hounds
Sure, it is disappointing that dogs cannot be eating almonds. After all, they are loaded with:
- Vitamin E
The problem mostly lies with the almond nut’s consistency — it’s way too rich!
Make no mistake about it:
Consequences can result later in life. This is true even though it may appear that your dog handles them just fine — although a stomachache wouldn’t be surprising.
Are Small Amounts OK?
If you can be strict, and only give a couple, it is almost certain nothing bad will happen. But again, almonds should not be shared on the regular.
Feed them to a dog with frequency and you’ll introduce too much fat, including saturated fats.
They are also very high in calories, causing weight gain and sluggishness.
Reduce Rover’s risks by restricting all nuts. You will avoid gastrointestinal complications and a host of future health problems.
Almond Incident Advice
Has your dog already eaten a bunch of almonds?
Be sure to closely watch over them.
Your dog’s digestive system may resort to diarrhea, vomiting and/or upset stomach. These are the typical short-term effects.
Long term almond consumption will cause weight gain from all the fat and calories.
What is really worrying is a possibility of acute inflammation of the pancreas. So terrible!
It is irresponsible to allow an animal to habitually eat nuts. Do not accommodate your dog’s desire for almonds.
Possible Choking Hazard
The size and hardness is another unfavorable factor.
Almonds present a choking hazard.
Remember that dogs don’t really chew up their foods like we do. So, there is a real potential for an obstruction.
Taking everything into account…
The risks outweigh the benefits when it comes to feeding your dog almonds. Save this treat for your own enjoyment.
Pro Tip: Use peanut butter to your advantage if you want to incorporate a nutty treat.
Almonds Not The Worst
Compared to the almond, there are actually worse nuts you could be feeding.
Macadamia is downright dangerous for dogs. Walnuts and pecans are also awful.
Almond Milk a No-Go
Almond milk is also healthy, but it’s not advised for dogs.
Only puppies need milk and it should be from the mother.
Avoid using almond milk as a weaning alternative. This rich liquid makes no sense as a supplement.
A one-time taste is one thing, but allowing your dog to regularly drink almond milk is unnecessary and could turn into a bad habit.
The Bottom Line
Do not allow your dog to munch on almonds.
Tummy aches are common but, more importantly, long-term effects can be quite serious.
Nuts, almonds included, should be strictly rationed or otherwise off limits to your dog.