Who doesn’t love almonds? They are delicious, nutritious, and best of all they are bite size. Their crunchy goodness can often lead me personally to eat handfuls at a time, indulging in their delightful nutty flavors. But do they make a good snack for dogs?
It’s a shame that almonds are no good as a snack for your little furry friends, because they taste so yummy and sometimes you just want to share with your best buddy. In the case of almonds, sharing them with your dog is not a wise decision.
While almonds are not necessarily toxic to your pupper, there are many other reasons to avoid feeding them to your pet. The main reason is because they are small and hard and they can pose a choking hazard or even cause blockages in the digestive tract.
You might think that you can avoid that hazard by chopping the almonds up, and you would be correct, but it still may not be a good idea to feed chopped almonds to your dog either. While they are not necessarily toxic to your pet, they are high in fats that can cause some serious side effects in your pet if as a result of eating almonds, they develop pancreatitis. Symptoms can include vomiting, loss of appetite, lethargy, and diarrhea.
One final potential hazard of feeding almonds to your dog involves seasonings. Many almonds are packaged with seasonings on them to give them exciting and tasty flavors. Unfortunately, the ingredients in those seasonings can be toxic to dogs, especially the high sodium content. The flavors might entice your pupper, but it is your responsibility as their caretaker to make sure they do not get a taste. Hey, that just means more delicious almonds for you, am I right?
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