Can Dogs Eat Nuts, Beans, and Seeds?
With only a few exceptions, most nuts, beans, and seeds are not recommended for your dog to eat. Nuts in particular can be bad for dogs because of the choking hazard they represent. Some nuts are round and smooth which is the perfect shape to get lodged in a dog’s airway. Other nuts are jagged and can cut a dog’s throat or intestines. Some nuts and beans don’t get digested well in a dog’s stomach, so they can cause vomiting, stomach upset, or even mild poisoning. Many commercially made nuts have salt or artificial flavorings and fats added, which are bad for dogs.
Still there are many beans, seeds, and legumes that are harmless for dogs, but they really don’t need them in their diet. They need a diet with a good protein source from meat, to stay healthy. Here is a list of nuts, beans, and seeds, that dogs can and cannot eat:
Can Dogs Eat Acorns?
Acorns are seeds that fall from oak trees. They are not actually food of course, but dogs will eat them once in a while thinking they are food. Acorns contain natural mild acidic toxins called tannins and gallic acid. In small amounts they will cause stomach upset, vomiting, and diarrhea. In large amounts over time they can lead to kidney disease. Smaller dogs may get sick faster due their body weight in comparison to the amount of acorns they eat. Any more than 5% of body weight consumed in acorns, will cause the more severe toxic effects to take place. In addition to being toxic, acorns are also a choking hazard because of their curved shape. They can also tear a dog’s esophagus because they have a point on one end. Keep your dog away from Acorns!
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Acorns? NO
Can Dogs Eat Almonds?
Almonds can be enticing for dogs because of the flavorings added or the salty taste. But almonds should not be fed to dogs. They contain high amounts of fats that can overload their pancreas, blocking it’s ability to secrete insulin. Pancreatitis can also cause sore stomach, vomiting, lethargy, and diarrhea. The shape of almonds is also a hazard. they are pointy and can get lodged in their esophagus, creating a choking situation and damage from tearing the soft walls of the feeding tube. Many almonds are salted and if your dog eats them this will cause water retention. This is especially hazardous to dogs with heart conditions. Don’t feed your dogs almonds.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Almonds? NO
Can Dogs Eat Beans?
There are many varieties of beans, and most are safe and beneficial for your dog to eat. If you don’t mind the gassy effects that most beans cause, then cooked beans can give his system a health kick. Green bean in the raw form are also good for your dog. He’ll love the crunch and they contain fiber, minerals, vitamins, and some protein. They are also low in calories, so can be used as a diet food for overweight dogs. A couple of types of beans are not good for your dog. The red kidney bean in its raw form contains a mild toxin. Baked beans from a can contain excess calories from brown sugar in the recipe. Uncooked beans that have been dried can be a choking hazard due to their rounded shapes. Stick with cooked or soft beans and your dog will benefit.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Beans? YES
Can Dogs Eat Cashews?
Cashews are nuts that are grown on a tropical evergreen tree. Cashews contain minerals like magnesium and iron, some fiber, and some potassium. They also contain saturated fats, which is not good for dogs. Raw cashews have a mild toxin that can cause stomach upset in dogs, so if you choose to feed a dog cashews, makes sure they are roasted or cooked in some other way. Heat from cooking destroys the toxin. Cashews have an odd hooked shape, and break apart easily, so are not considered a choking hazard. If you feed your dog cashews make sure they are cooked, unsalted, and limit the amount you give. They should only be given as a treat occasionally.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Cashews? NO
Can Dogs Eat Chestnuts?
Chestnuts are nuts from one of eight varieties of the deciduous chestnut tree. They fall from the tree in large amounts, littering the ground with thorny green husks. When the husks break open, the smooth chestnut is exposed. Chestnuts contain very little in the form of nutrients. They have a small amount of vitamins C and B6, and some potassium. They have almost no fat and about 40 calories for the average sized chestnut. Chestnuts can be a choking hazard for dogs very easily. They measure about one inch across, which is the perfect size for dogs to scoop up and try to eat. The skin is smooth which helps it get lodged in the throat of a dog. While chestnuts may be non-toxic, you should not intentionally feed them to your dog. If you have a chestnut tree in your yard, clean up the nuts as they fall. Dogs are curious and will try to eat most anything that resembles food. Chestnuts are dangerous for them.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Chestnuts? NO
Can Dogs Eat Chia Seeds?
Chia Seeds are tiny seeds resembling sesame seeds, only darker in color, usually black or brown. A one ounce serving provides many nutrients including protein, fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, phosphorus, and antioxidants. Chia Seeds are recommended to people for weight loss diets, as they have very few carbs compared to the large amount of nutrition they provide. While they can be fed to dogs with no side effects, they really don’t need to eat chia seeds. Quality dog food contains scientifically balanced nutrition meant exclusively for dogs. When you add any type of people food to their diet, you are altering the balance that the dog food provides. Chia Seeds are not a choking concern as they are small any easily consumed by dogs. If you feed your dog chia seeds, mix a small amount in to a wet dog food. It may give him a health boost, but it isn’t needed if you instead spend your money on a good quality dog food.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Chia Seeds? YES
Can Dogs Eat Chickpeas?
Chickpeas are also known as garbanzo beans and can be fed to your dog safely. They are a nutritious food that can be used to supplement your dog’s diet. Chickpeas contain excellent amounts of many nutrients including fiber, protein, iron, phosphorus, and vitamin B6. The fiber in chickpeas can help in digestion, relieving symptoms like constipation or diarrhea. Vitamin B6 can help heal an animal’s skin if there are cuts and scratches. It also helps if your dog scratches a lot from dry skin. Chickpeas are small enough not to be a choking risk. Most chickpeas are found in kitchens in a cooked form, so they are softened and easily eaten by dogs. If you feed your dog chickpeas, make sure there are no added harmful ingredients such as salt (canned chickpeas), or garlic or onions which are toxic to dogs (found in hummus). Only plain and cooked chickpeas are good for dogs. Excess amounts of chickpeas fed to your dog will lead to gas and bloating.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Chickpeas? YES
Can Dogs Eat Coconut?
Coconut is the inner white meat of the coconut seed grown on coconut palm trees. Coconut is non toxic for dogs, but there are triglycerides in coconut that are hard for dogs to digest. They may get stomach upset from them if they eat too much. Coconut contains nutrients that include iron, magnesium, vitamins C and B6, potassium, and dietary fiber. Coconut if shredded is not a choking concern for dogs. However, some people will give their dog the outer shell to chew on. This is a bad idea. The shell is hard and dry and will break apart into sharp pieces. These can get lodged in your dog’s throat. Smaller pieces may be swallowed and cause perforations in the intestines, causing bleeding. If you feed your dog coconut, don’t feed him the shell or large pieces of the flesh. Give him a small amount of the shredded coconut as flavoring for his food.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Coconut? YES
Can Dogs Eat Coconut Oil?
Coconut Oil is an edible extract of the white meaty part of the coconut seed from coconut palms. Coconut oil is not toxic to dogs. In fact it can be beneficial for them. Coconut Oil contains mostly fats. All of the more beneficial nutrients such as fiber, are contained in the solid pulpy meat of the coconut. The fats that make up coconut oil are a healthier type of triglycerides. They can help dogs with digestion when coconut oil is added to their diets, mixed in with dog food. Coconut oil rubbed onto a dog’s skin can provide relief from dry scratchy patches. Coconut Oil is not considered a choking hazard. If you feed your dog coconut oil be aware that it contains anti-fungal substances that may cause a slight reaction initially. This is a detox effect of the oil, and is actually good for your dog, helping to cleanse his body inside. Just start with a small amount and gradually add more to his diet.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Coconut Oil? YES
Can Dogs Drink Coconut Water?
Coconut Water is a clear liquid that comes from young, green coconuts. It is a low calorie drink that contains more potassium than bananas for it’s weight. Many athletes drink coconut water instead of electrolyte drinks like Gatorade. Coconut water is mostly a very good way to hydrate, but beyond potassium, it has few nutrients. Coconut Water is also pricey, so you wouldn’t be buying it for your dog. If you happen to give him a drink of coconut water, there are no negative effects. There may actually be beneficial effects like boosting your dog’s immune system, improving dog odor, and bad breath, and regulating thyroid and insulin levels. If you feed your dog coconut water, he will be fine, and perhaps be a little more energetic. Coconut water can be a nice change for your dog, but the cost is probably prohibitive.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Coconut Water? YES
Can Dogs Drink Coffee?
Coffee is a brewed drink that comes from the grind of coffee beans. Besides the drink, coffee is found in many foods that people eat, including chocolate and other desserts. Coffee contains no nutrients of any kind, no calories, and no fat. Milk, cream, and sugar is added to coffee which adds fat and calories. Coffee can be lethal to dogs. This is because of the caffeine content. Caffeine is a stimulant that occurs naturally in coffee. An average cup of coffee contains 100 milligrams of caffeine, enough to kill a very small dog. Larger dogs will get sick on this amount of caffeine. Coffee grounds contain much more caffeine, and if your dog accidentally eats them, an immediate trip to the vet is recommended. Caffeine overdose in dogs can cause vomiting, tremors, accelerated heart beat, seizures, and even heart failure. Do not feed your dog any amount of coffee, and watch out for other foods that contain caffeine such as tea, sodas, and energy drinks.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Coffee? NO
Can Dogs Eat Edamame?
Edamame are soybeans and are often added to recipes still inside the pod, and not as separate beans. They resemble green beans or peas in the pod. Many Asian dishes have edamame as a staple. Edamame contain large amounts of dietary fiber and protein. Even though dogs should get their dietary protein from meat sources, it is a good idea to provide them with fiber from good quality vegetable sources like edamame occasionally. Many other good nutrients are contained in edamame such as magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, vitamins C and B6. Edamame has very little sodium and salt, and only 200 calories per cup. Edamame is not a choking concern. They are small enough as beans, and long and crunchy in the pods that dogs can easily chew them before swallowing. Edamame is a good food to feed your dog fresh, and not from recipes which may have harmful ingredients such as garlic or onion attached.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Edamame? YES
Can Dogs Eat Hummus?
Hummus is a soft vegetable dip made from blending chick peas with tahini (ground sesame seeds), lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic. Hummus contains some calcium, about 25 calories per tablespoon, and some beneficial fats. Hummus is not considered a choking hazard for dogs because it is soft with no hard chunks or shapes that can get stuck in your dogs throat. A very small amount of hummus is OK for your dog. The chick peas are nutritionally beneficial for dogs and is contained as an ingredient in some dog foods. The garlic in hummus can be a problem. Garlic in large doses is toxic to dogs. The small amount in hummus is not harmful. Lemons can be irritable for a dog’s stomach, but that’s mostly the rind and peel. If you can give your dog chick peas that have been cooked and softened, that is ideal.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Hummus? YES
Can Dogs Eat Nuts?
Nuts are the fruit of many trees, and are usually grown in a hard shell. Nuts contain a lot of saturated fat, loads of calories (800+ per cup), but also beneficial protein, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium, and iron. Nuts are considered a choking hazard for dogs because they are hard and come in so many shapes, and are sized to fit perfectly in a dog’s throat. Chestnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, can all cause choking in dogs. Almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, pistachio nuts, pecans, and hickory nuts can all cause moderate to severe reactions in dogs. Some are toxic and can cause seizures, while most will at least cause stomach upset, diarrhea, and vomiting. Many bad things can happen to dogs who eat nuts, from poisoning to choking. Do not feed your dogs nuts.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Nuts? NO
Can Dogs Eat Peanuts?
Peanuts are a legume, not actually a nut. They are grown in tropical and sub-tropical climates and in the southern United States. Peanuts contain a lot of calories — over 800 for just one cup. There is also a lot of fats of all sorts in peanuts, from saturated to unsaturated, and unhealthy trans fat. Peanuts have protein which is good for dogs. Peanuts are not considered a choking hazard for dogs because they are small and soft enough to be chewed and swallowed by dogs. Do not feed your dog the peanut shell which is coarse and can get lodged in a dog’s throat. Peanuts are not toxic to dogs, but they do contain some fungi and fats that can be harmful in large amounts. Peanuts are a better alternative to peanut butter for dogs, but only in small amounts on occasion.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Peanuts? YES
Can Dogs Eat Pecans?
Pecans are nuts that grow on trees in Mexico and the southern United States. Pecans contain 700 calories per cup which is a lot, and high amounts of monounsaturated fats. They also contain good amounts of protein, dietary fiber, and magnesium. Pecans are not considered a choking hazard for dogs because they have an odd shape that breaks apart when dogs chew them. The shell of pecans are a choking hazard and should not be given to dogs. Unfortunately, pecans contain some molds called mycotoxins that are harmful to dogs in large amounts. Even small amounts of pecans will cause stomach upset in dogs. One or two won’t harm your dog.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Pecans? NO
Can Dogs Eat Pistachios?
Pistachios are the seeds of the cashew tree. Pistachios contain a lot of calories and fat, but also protein, vitamins C, B6, and A, minerals like potassium and magnesium. Pistachios are considered a choking hazard for dogs because the small oval shape can get stuck in a small dog’s airway when they swallow them whole. Pistachios come in the shell when bought from supermarkets, and the shell is hard with sharp edges that can cause choking problems as well. Pistachios have a lot of fat which can cause stomach pains in dogs, have salt which can cause dehydration, and in large amounts can cause pancreatitis in dogs. They are also a choking risk so should not be fed to dogs.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Pistachios? NO
Can Dogs Eat Poppy Seeds?
Poppy Seeds are a seed from the opium flower that is dried and added to foods like bagels and breads, for flavor. Poppy Seeds contain some calcium and some fiber. Poppy Seeds are not considered a choking hazard for dogs because they are small. Most likely, the food they are attached to is more of a choking concern, such as a hard bagel. In large amounts, the opiates in poppy seeds can be toxic to dogs. But just how much is not clear. Best to stay away from feeding poppy seeds to your dog. If you accidentally give him part of your bagel, monitor him for signs of lethargy or vomiting, and take him to the vet.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Poppy Seeds? NO
Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin Seeds?
Pumpkin Seeds are large slimy seeds found inside the vegetable pumpkin. Pumpkin Seeds contain a lot of dietary fiber which helps a dog digest other foods better, some protein, iron, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. They also have some fats and about 300 calories per cup. Pumpkin Seeds are not considered a choking hazard for dogs because they are small and soft enough to be swallowed whole and not cause choking, if your dog doesn’t chew them first. Pumpkin seeds are a natural, non drug cure for intestinal parasites like tapeworms. Using dry pumpkin seeds, grind them up in a blender, and sprinkle a teaspoon into your dog’s regular dog food for about a week. The health benefits of pumpkin seeds for dogs also include preventing cancer from the antioxidants, and creating a shiny healthy coat.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Pumpkin Seeds? YES
Can Dogs Eat Quinoa?
Quinoa is a gluten-free plant that is made into a grain for baking. Quinoa contains complete 9 amino acid proteins, iron and dietary fiber. Meat is the main food for dogs that contain all 9 amino acids, so a non-meat alternative like quinoa is important. Many dog foods that contain grains, don’t yet use quinoa as it is not well-known. Quinoa is not considered a choking hazard for dogs because it is using cooked like a rice, or baked into breads, so it can be easily chewed by dogs. Dogs don’t need to eat quinoa if they are fed a balanced diet based in meat. However, the health benefits are so high with quinoa, that it’s a good idea to at least stir in a teaspoon full every couple of days. There is no harm in quinoa for dogs. It has a lot of dietary fiber, so introduce it slowly to avoid diarrhea.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Quinoa? YES
Can Dogs Eat Sesame Seeds?
Sesame Seeds are a common food, often attached to the outer crust of breads and crackers. Sesame Seeds contain small amounts of nutrients such as calcium, iron, magnesium, and protein. Sesame Seeds are not considered a choking hazard for dogs because they are small, but the foods they are attached to may be choking hazards. Hard crackers with sharp edges or bread sticks that are rounded may get lodged in your dog’s throat causing choking. Sesame seeds are not considered toxic for dogs, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). You may see them in your dog’s stool, but that is common with many seeds because the outer husk of the seed is difficult for the digestive system to break down. No harm whatsoever for your dog with sesame seeds.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Sesame Seeds? YES
Can Dogs Eat Soy?
Soy is a processed food that comes from soybeans. Soy contains good amounts of protein. Soy is not considered a choking hazard for dogs because it usually comes in a milky liquid form. It is fine for dogs.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Soy? YES
Can Dogs Eat Soybeans?
Soybeans are legumes grown mostly in North America. Soybeans contain nutritious protein. Soybeans are not considered a choking hazard for dogs because in their native form are soft, small and green legumes that dogs can chew. Good to give dogs to chew on for healthy teeth.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Soybeans? YES
Can Dogs Eat Sunflower Seeds?
Sunflower Seeds are seeds from the sunflower plant. They are small and pointy and are sold salted. Sunflower Seeds contain minor amounts of nutrients. Sunflower Seeds are considered a choking hazard for dogs because they are small but sharp. Choking hazard, best to keep away.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Sunflower Seeds? NO
Can Dogs Eat Tofu?
Tofu is bean curd, is a food made by coagulating soy milk. Tofu contains protein. Tofu is not considered a choking hazard for dogs because it is soft and can be chewed. Fine but they probably won’t eat it.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Tofu? YES
Can Dogs Eat Walnuts?
Walnuts are seed nuts of the walnut tree, the inside of which are edible. Walnuts contain small levels of protein. Walnuts are considered a choking hazard for dogs because the shell can be sharp. Not the shells. The inside is harmless.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Have Walnuts? YES