Can dogs eat almonds?

You might notice that your dog is looking at your food with the same enthusiasm as you do. Human food looks just as appealing to dogs and one of the foods you might find them begging for is almonds. Just because your dog wants what you have, doesn’t mean you should automatically give it to them and almonds are a good example of this. You should not be feeding your dog almonds even though they can technically eat them.

While your dog may have eaten a few almonds in the past and been completely fine, this might not always be the case. Almonds are not typically toxic to dogs, but their digestive system can’t handle them very well and as a result can cause some bad digestive issues.

Is it bad to feed your dog almonds? Yes.

Nuts might be healthy for you, but you need to bear in mind this is not the case for dogs. Where humans will benefit from their antioxidants and high levels of vitamin E, dogs may experience the following issues:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Upset stomach
  • Kidney stones

Due to the high-fat content of almonds, it can cause gastrointestinal problems in your pet, which will not be pleasant for them to go through. This can also cause conditions such as obesity in the short term.

Because of these reasons we would recommend that you do not feed almonds to your dog because it is simply not worth the risk. 

My dog already ate almonds, now what?

Possible side effects

If you do feed your dog almonds, you need to make sure that you know what kind of side effects you should be looking out for. While it is highly recommended that you do not ever feed your dog almonds, they may get a hold of them anyway. If they do, make sure that you are looking out for these signs:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Decreased appetite
  • Painful belly

If you know that your dog has eaten almonds and then starts to experience any of these symptoms, you should seek the advice of your veterinarian immediately. 

Other hazards

It is not just side effects that you need to watch out for. Almonds can also be dangerous for other reasons. 

Choking hazard - Almonds can be a choking hazard, so if your dog is eating them, make sure that they are supervised. They can cause an obstruction in your dog, especially if they are swallowed whole. Obstructions in your dog's esophagus or stomach can potentially be life-threatening so try to keep almonds away from your dog if possible.

Alternatives

Instead of feeding your dogs almonds, there are other foods that you can give them that will not be dangerous. These include:

  • Cooked eggs
  • Meat
  • Boneless salmon
  • Carrots
  • ...and the list goes on

There is a whole host of foods that will be safe for your dog to eat, but almonds are not one of them. Dogs can get many of the nutritional benefits of human food that we can, but this is not the case all the time. The alternatives that we have suggested are all good foods to keep your dog fit and healthy. 

Safe recipes that Include almond products

Below we have included some recipes that include a small amount of almond or almond products that will be safe for your dog to consume:

Doggy birthday cake

1 3/4 cup almond flour
1 – 2 TBS honey (preferably raw)
3 eggs
2-3 TBS of coconut oil, melted
1 hand full chopped organic strawberries and a couple of extra for topping (blueberries work too!)

Or:

Banana-almond bites

1 Organic pasture raised egg
3/4 cup unsalted almond butter
1/3 of an organic banana
1 Tsp ground cinnamon

We hope that after reading this article, you feel like you know all you need to about feeding your dog almonds.