You might be sitting in your living room one night, munching down on a bag of pecans while watching a movie, while all of a sudden Fido joins you and wants some of what’s in that bag! You’re a pecan lover and you like to snack on that from time to time, but what about your dog?
Can dogs eat pecans? Are pecans safe for dogs to eat?
Are Pecans Safe For Dogs?
The short answer to this question is NO, dogs can’t eat pecans.
Even though pecans can be a wondrous food for people, pecans are very dangerous, poisonous and sometimes even fatal to dogs.
Why Are Pecans Bad For Dogs?
Pecans are bad for dogs because they:
- Contain a toxin call juglone that is toxic to dogs.
- Contain levels of a poison called Aflatoxin, which comes from the Aspergillus mold, to which dogs are very sensitive and easily fall ill to. If your dog becomes poisoned by Aflatoxin, they might show very low levels of appetite, lethargy, start to vomit (and you might even see some blood in the vomit), emit urine that’s orange in color (and migh even contain some blood), and pass bloody/blackened stool.
- Can lead to severe gastric intestinal upset in your dog.
- Can lead to an obstruction in your dog’s digestive tract because they are difficult for dogs to digest easily
- Easily develop mold on the shells which contain tremorgenic mycotoxins which lead to seizures, tremors and/or neurological damage to your dog.
- Are very high in fat levels, which puts your dog at a serious risk of developing pancreatitis and becoming obese
- Can cause diarrhea
- Can cause vomiting
- Are rich in sodium, which can be deadly to dogs in enough quantities
- Can cause your dog to choke on their shells
- Can lead to liver failure
- Can lead to the development of bladder stones
What Do I Do If My Dog Ate Pecans?
If your dog only consumes one or two pieces of pecan nuts, you shouldn’t be too worried as that’s not an enough quantity to cause serious poisoning in your dog.
You do have alot to worry about, on the other hand, if your dog consumes a whole pecan nut with its shell or munches down an entire bag or bowl of pecan nuts.
What makes it even worse is if the pecan nuts your dog just consumed have been salted or had mold grow on them.
So, if you suspect your dog has eaten pecans, you should get them to your vet or an animal emergency care center as fast as possible, because if they consumed a large enough amount and you take too much time to get them to professional help, you can be sure that they’ll develop liver failure.
The more time you take to get your dog to professional care if they’re poisoned from eating pecans, the slimmer their chances of their recovery and the harder the treatment becomes, even requiring surgery at one stage.
In conclusion and because pecans are very dangerous to your dog, you should as safe as possible and refrain from giving any pecans to them, as there’s no real reason you should be anyway.
Also make sure you keep any pecans you have at home stored somewhere very hard for your dog to find and eat, because if it’s kept somewhere easy for your dog to find and they’re left unsupervised, there’s a big chance they’ll eat all the pecans they can get their hands on.
The fact of the matter remains that while some dogs might go crazy for some nuts, there’s no real necessary reason you should feed your dog any nuts as part of their diets.