Can dogs eat Almonds?

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Benefits

health-benefits
  • Almonds are a rich source of antioxidants, which protect dogs against cell damage caused by disease-causing free radicals.

Risks

health-risks
  • Almonds sold in supermarkets are mostly sweet almonds. The sweet almond variety is not toxic to dogs, but some may contain aspergillus molds that can cause poisoning in dogs.
  • Almonds are difficult for dogs to digest; they might cause digestive issues such as vomiting, diarrhea, flatulence, and general discomfort.
  • The bitter almond variety contains toxic substances such as hydrocyanic acid. This type of almond should not be given to dogs.
  • Almonds are high in fat, which can lead to the development of obesity and pancreatitis.
  • The exterior of almonds can cause choking and stomach obstruction.
  • Avoid feeding salted almonds to dogs, as this causes increased water retention. This condition is hazardous for dogs with heart disease.
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Servings

serving-suggestions
  • Give 1 to 2 almonds to dogs occasionally as a treat. It's important to restrict the serving amount to prevent the adverse effects of almonds on dogs.
  • It's recommended to give plain and unsalted roasted almonds. Always supervise your dog to prevent choking and observe for allergic reactions.

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