Can Dogs Eat Pecans? Or Are Pecans Bad For Dogs?

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 vomitin

– 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.


  1. This is way over the top. Pecans contain only trace amounts of juglone (Black walnuts have much more), and mostly confined to leaves, shells and roots. Not a serious danger for dogs or other animals except in large quantity. Mold toxins are very dangerous but they can occur in many foods–pecans that are not moldy don’t contain aflotoxin–at all. I agree that dogs should not be fed large quantities of nuts, and likewise should not be fed large quantities of any high-fat foods. But I think a little moderation here is warranted–so as not to frighten people. Running to the vet, just because your dog ate a couple of pecans, is extreme, in my opinion, though I’m sure some vet’s could use the extra income.

    • Thank you! My puppy ate about 3 whole pecan meats. I read this and about cried. I was so worried MY gut hurt! This, and the next person that left a comment, really helped. I’m glad I scrolled down to comments!

  2. Wow, my dogs having been eating pecans forever. We have a giant pecan tree in our backyard and they eat them all the time. We have raised generations of dogs here, not one sick dog and i bet they eat more than the squirrels do. Our vet says it’s fine too. Just good protein and fiber to thier diets.

    • That’s what I am experiencing with my 12 week old lab pup. We have 2 pecan trees and there are nuts in the shell all over our yard. I can’t keep him away from them — it would be impossible — and he is constantly chewing on them. I am not sure whether he ingests the or merely likes breaking them open.

  3. Wonder if there is any difference if they eat the pecans from a pecan pie? Sure am glad I read the comments. I feel much better after letting my German Shepherd eat some from my pie.

  4. I have Chihuahua dogs and have been feeding them pecans because I eat them all the time and they’ve never gotten sick well don’t know what to think now

  5. bah not an issue at least not with my dogs i have a pecan tree on my back yard and usually i fight my dogs just to be able to pick the pecans lol. they love eating pecans as they fall of the tree in early Autumn they have been eating them for years they just know how to eat them without eating the shell. no problems with them whatsoever no upset stomach or pancreatitis or anything of the sort.
    but dont feed them grapes, raisins or chocolate if you can those will make them have an upset stomach. cinnamon also seems to make them have upset stomach mine ate a cinnamon roll…. and a few minutes later he vomited it out aside from that no issues. so while you can read that a lot of things are harmful for dogs in reality the only way they will be a threat is if they actually eat a lot of them. although body size does matter so if a small dog eats lets say 1 oz of chocolate it might actually make him sick but if a large 100+ lbs dog eats that it wont do anything at all


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