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Can Dogs Eat Pistachios? Yes, And…

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Many people love snacking on pistachios. Not only are they delicious, but they’re also a great source of protein and healthy fats. But can dogs eat pistachios too? Let’s take a closer look at this question and what you need to know before giving your dog pistachios.

Is It Safe for My Dog to Eat Pistachios?

Yes, dogs can eat pistachios.

Many dog owners are hesitant to give their pets nuts as they are unsure of the potential consequences. Pistachios are no exception, and there is a lot of confusion surrounding whether or not they are safe for dogs to eat.

So, are pistachios bad for dogs? Generally speaking, the answer is no. Pistachios are not toxic to dogs and are unlikely to cause any digestive problems.

However, it’s essential to note that pistachios are high in fat and calories, so they should be given in moderation. In addition, the shells of pistachios can pose a choking hazard, so make sure to remove them before giving your dog a few nuts as a treat.

All in all, pistachios are safe for dogs to eat in moderation, but it’s always best to consult with your veterinarian before giving your pup any new food.

Are There Any Safety Concerns Feeding Pistachios to My Dog?

As any pet owner knows, it’s essential to be mindful of our furry friends’ eating. So while we might enjoy a handful of pistachios as a snack, are they safe for our pets? In general, pistachios are not toxic to dogs and are pretty healthy.

Pistachios are a good source of protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals, and they can help boost your dog’s immune system. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when feeding pistachios to your dog.

How Many Pistachios Can I Feed My Dog?

The maximum amount of pistachios you should feed your dog is 2-3 once in a while. It’s safe for dogs to eat pistachios, but it’s important not to overdo them. Do not feed your dog more than 2-3 as an occasional treat.

This might not seem like much, but pistachios are high in fat and sugar, and too much of these can lead to weight gain and other possible health conditions. Therefore, it’s essential to regulate how much your dog is eating. Keep in mind that the same can be said for humans as well. While pistachios are safe to eat, it’s important not to overdo them and eat too many.

There are no strictly enforced limits on how many nuts you should eat in a day. However, you should still be careful when consuming high-fat foods such as pistachios.

How to Prepare Pistachios for Dogs

Like other nuts, you should remove the shell when preparing pistachios for dogs. You can remove the shell manually or place the pistachios in a food processor and chop them up.

You can add chopped pistachios to your dog’s regular kibble, mix them with their favorite treats, or even feed them on their own. You can also soak the pistachios in water or chicken broth to soften them and make them easier to eat.

Tips from Our Vets

The following is a list of tips on how to think about what human foods are (and may not be) safe for your dog from Dr. Jennifer Coates’ article on Foods Dogs Can and Cannot Eat.

There are some human foods that dogs can eat safely, as well as some human foods dogs can’t eat.

If you have a dog, you might be used to seeing adorable puppy eyes begging for a bite of, well, anything that you happen to be eating.

While it’s natural to want to share human food with your furry pal, many of the foods we eat are toxic to dogs. Some reasons foods may be harmful to your pup include:

  • Foods that are a problem due to our physiological differences (foods we can handle that a dog’s stomach can’t)
  • Other foods aren’t toxic, but are still potentially dangerous for dogs because they are hard to digest
  • Another category of foods that are a problem for dogs are foods that may contain high levels of fat

Some tips and words of caution if you are feeding your pet human foods:

  • Always keep in mind that new foods of any kind, including switching to a different dog food, can cause stomach upset.
  • When you find a human food you’d like to share with your pup, go slowly. Give small amounts at first and watch for any problems like vomiting or diarrhea before giving more.
  • Remember that treats should make up less than 10% of your dog’s diet. So all of the foods that are safe for your dog should be given in moderation to avoid weight gain and nutrient excesses and deficiencies.

What To Do if Your Dog Eats Something He Shouldn’t

Now that you know what foods are safe for dogs, it’s a good idea to know what to do if your pup eats food that’s toxic to dogs.

If your dog does end up eating something he shouldn’t, try not to panic. You have a few options for getting the help your dog needs:

  • The first is to call your dog’s veterinarian, who can advise you to either come into the office or to watch for signs of poisoning, obstruction, or other potential problems.
  • If it’s after hours, you can try calling an emergency veterinarian.
  • Another option is to call a pet poison control line. Be aware that there is a fee to use these services. Two that we can recommend are the ASPCA Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435 and the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661.

In some cases, you might be told to induce vomiting in your dog. It is helpful to keep hydrogen peroxide on hand in case you need to do this.

Do not induce vomiting unless your veterinarian or someone from one of the pet poison control hotlines advises you to do so, however, because in some cases, vomiting can make the situation worse. [efn_note]Is it ever safe to induce vomiting? ASPCA.org. November 19, 2019. Accessed April 28, 2021.[/efn_note]

Final Words

It’s clear that dogs enjoy pistachios just as much as people do, and there’s no reason why they can’t be a part of a healthy diet for our canine friends. As long as you watch your dog and make sure he or she doesn’t choke on the shells, there’s no reason not to give them this tasty treat.

So next time you have a bag of pistachios around, don’t forget about your furry friend – they will appreciate it!

If you’re looking for more information about which human foods are (and aren’t) safe for your dog to eat, check out our series of guides below:

Can Dogs Eat Asparagus? Can Dogs Eat Cantaloupe? Can Dogs Eat Kiwi? Can Dogs Eat Pineapple? Can Dogs Eat Shrimp?
Can Dogs Eat Avocados? Can Dogs Eat Cauliflower? Can Dogs Eat Lettuce? Can Dogs Eat Pistachios? Can Dogs Eat Tuna?
Can Dogs Eat Beans? Can Dogs Eat Celery? Can Dogs Eat Mangoes? Can Dogs Eat Plums? Can Dogs Eat Turkey?
Can Dogs Eat Beets? Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon? Can Dogs Eat Marshmallows? Can Dogs Eat Popcorn? Can Dogs Eat Walnuts?
Can Dogs Eat Bell Peppers? Can Dogs Eat Coconut? Can Dogs Eat Oatmeal? Can Dogs Eat Pork? Can Dogs Eat Watermelon?
Can Dogs Eat Blackberries? Can Dogs Eat Fish? Can Dogs Eat Olives? Can Dogs Eat Radishes? Can Dogs Eat Yogurt?
Can Dogs Eat Blackberries? Can Dogs Eat Green Beans? Can Dogs Eat Peaches? Can Dogs Eat Raspberries? Can Dogs Eat Zucchini?
Can Dogs Eat Broccoli? Can Dogs Eat Ham? Can Dogs Eat Pecans? Can Dogs Eat Raw Chicken? Can Dogs Eat Hot Cheetos?
Can Dogs Eat Brussel Sprouts? Can Dogs Eat Honey? Can Dogs Eat Peppers? Can Dogs Eat Salmon?
Can Dogs Eat Cabbage? Can Dogs Eat Ice Cream? Can Dogs Eat Peppers? Can Dogs Eat Seaweed?

In additional to all of that, you’re likely also interested in the quality of your dog’s food and your pet’s health, in addition to having questions about what your dog can and can’t eat. We happen to have a ton of resources on these very topics!

One is our guide which will teach you about adding fiber to a dog’s diet, along with or our guide to choosing the best high fiber dog foods. If you’re looking into treating your dog with upset stomach we have a guide for that as well, and we can even help answer how long does it take for dogs to digest food?. If you’re portioning your dog’s food you can also check out our guide to choosing the best automatic dog feeder.

We also have a series of health and nutritional information for your dog. Our puppy size calculator and our dog weight chart can help you determine if your dog is the proper weight and size, and we even have a collection of breed-specific growth charts such as our goldendoodle growth chart, great dane growth chart, golden retriever growth chart, chihuahua growth chart, or our labrador growth chart.

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