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Cashew nuts are obviously super healthy, but can dogs benefit from eating them too?
Everyone knows that a daily serving of nuts is a positive thing for people, but this unfortunately does not apply to pets. Part of the reason is that dogs don’t digest this type of food so well.
So while cashews contain excellent vitamins and minerals, there are better ways to deliver these to your dog.
Looking on the bright side, feeding a few won’t be harmful because they aren’t toxic.
Dogs Can Have Cashew Nuts (strictly rationed)
More good news is that allergies are unlikely.
But don’t lose sight of the fact that there can be consequences from eating cashew nuts often.
Too much consumption could complicate your canine’s life. For example, rich nuts may make your pet prone to developing pancreatitis.
It cannot be stressed enough:
Share in very small amounts only, as a special treat.
Avoid regularly feeding your dog cashew nuts. And, when you do, moderation is a must!
K9s And Cashew Nutrition
Cashews are a fantastic source of dietary fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium as well as flavonols (proanthocyanidins) and antioxidants.
Basically, they are chock full of goodness!
These nuts also pack protein which seems perfect for a dog.
But such an assumption is wrong. Sure, as an occasional snack, cashew nuts are OK. But portions really do need to be strictly limited.
Seriously! Ration for Rover for these reasons…
The Downsides For Dogs
Being high in fat and sodium, most types of nuts aren’t optimal.
Copious consumption of cashews can cause a few serious problems.
There is a real potential for significant weight gain due to the cashew’s calorie count.
The phosphorus in cashew nuts may cause excessive or hardened mineral deposits. This can contribute to bladder stones which is an extremely painful condition.
Too much can even cause a calcium deficiency. This may negatively affect the dog’s bone health (ie. osteoporosis).
Artery blockages, gall stones and pancreatitis are all possible.
Allergic Reaction Risk
Nuts can be an allergen which is true for dogs too. Though this is likely not a reason to withhold cashew nuts, you should never give your dog this food again if an allergic reaction does occur.
Thankfully the signs are visually apparent and appear as a combination of:
- Excessive thirst
Severe cases result in sodium toxicosis (salt poisoning) or even anaphylactic shock. This is rare.
Concern yourself most with avoiding this:
Teaching your dog bad feeding habits. Begging is a tough habit to break!
Three Terrible Types
Cashews as well as almonds can be fed in small amounts on occasion.
Interestingly, peanuts pack the most protein and also happen to be appropriate for sharing with your dog.
But walnuts, pecans and especially macadamia nuts are toxic for dogs and should never be given.
The Bottom Line
You can occasionally feed your dog a few cashew nuts. However, do not give them as regular treats.
Cashews are nutritious. It’s just that the negatives can outweigh any benefits.
One thing is totally certain: Providing your dog with plenty is a big no-no.