Can dogs eat chestnuts?


Nuts such as peanuts serve as an edible prize for dogs, however nuts are dangerous and some even toxic

  • Author: By EVA SAN MARTÍN
  • Publication date: January 30, 2018

Not only balls live dogs. The dogs love to eat foods other than their usual croquettes, such as homemade cookies for dogs and even some human foods, such as pasta or bread. But what about the nuts? Can you reward them with nuts or peanuts? The experts explain it in this article and expose why nuts are dangerous for dogs - even toxic macadamia nut - and also how to reward them safely with peanuts.

Beyond little balls: how to reward dogs?

The same dried balls day after day in the bowl can be boring for dogs. The dogs enjoy food other than their croquettes: among them, these homemade dishes for dogs and human meals that can be shared with the four-legged friend without danger.

But to reward the dog with food without disrupting its balanced diet there are some rules that should be known, such as that the calories that are incorporated into the canine diet through prizes never exceed 10% of the dog's daily calories. This rule must be followed both with commercial canine snacks, with homemade dog biscuits and also with the fruits that the dog does eat.

But how many prizes can the dog be given per day? To answer this question, you must first know the calories you need to ingest the can. And how to calculate what portion of food you have to take to be healthy and not be overweight? The Association for the Prevention of Obesity in Companion Animals answers: a pet dog of about 4 kilos requires between 200 and 275 calories per day, a dog of 9 kilos will need between 300 and 400 calories per day, and a dog of 22 kilos will require between 700 and 900.

So, How many edible prizes can be offered to the dog? If it weighs about 4 kilos, then it will be necessary to give a maximum of about 25 calories a day in prizes, about 35 calories, if it is a dog of about 9 kilos, and about 80 calories, if the four-legged friend is large and is around 22 kilos of weight

Nutritional composition of chestnuts

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 100 grams of chestnutsraw they have:

  • Water: 43.95 g
  • Energy: 224 kcal
  • Protein: 4.20 g
  • Carbohydrates: 49.07 g
  • Calcium: 18 mg
  • Iron: 1.41 mg
  • Magnesium: 84 mg
  • Phosphorus: 96 mg
  • Potassium: 447 mg
  • Sodium: 3 mg
  • Zinc: 0.87 mg
  • Vitamin C: 36 mg
  • Vitamin B6: 0.41 mg
  • Vitamin A: 10 μg
  • Saturated Fatty Acids: 0.164 g
  • Monounsaturated fatty acids: 0.581 g
  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 0.288 g

Although at a glance the numbers of certain elements are high, it should be remembered that we are talking about 100 grams of chestnuts, an amount that we should not hit the animal at once, and later we will see why.

Can dogs eat nuts?

Walnuts are known for their high caloric capacity: Only 100 grams of nuts contain about 650 calories. But it turns out that, in addition, nuts are dangerous for dogs, since they generate digestive problems. They can cause inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), a thickening that in addition to being very painful for the can also causes vomiting and diarrhea.

"The Walnut is a dangerous food for dogs. And the same goes for chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic or avocado, among others: while humans can eat them safely, they are dangerous for dogs, "explains the Slovak researcher toxicology expert Natalia Kovalkovicova.

And among the nuts, especially dangerous for dogs is the call macadamia nut, a common ingredient in cookies and other sweets. The effects of macadamia nut in dogs are not minor. This fruit can cause severe vomiting and generalized weakness, as well as a dangerous drop in body temperature (hypothermia), which can compromise the functioning of your vital organs for days.

"Although all nuts are at risk for the dog, the macadamia nut is the only known nut that is toxic to the dogs by itself. Although a dog that has ingested macadamia nut usually recovers within a few days, if go to the vet soon, the effects of poisoning can scare your human family a lot, "adds the toxicologist.

But there are still other precautions to be taken as regards nuts. Those nuts and dried fruits that fall to the ground, and that dogs can eat during walks in the park or in the mountains, such as acorns, chestnuts, hazelnuts or pecan nuts also pose a risk: with moisture, it is not strange that mold or other fungus has proliferated in these fruits and this is a danger to the canine stomach.

Benefits of chestnuts for dogs

Now that we know that dogs can eat chestnuts in a controlled and moderate way, what benefits do they bring? While it is true that it is not one of the most recommended nuts for dogs, it is also that it has an interesting nutritional composition, as we have already seen, which translates into multiple beneficial properties for the can's organism.

They promote bone and dental health

Due to the amount of calcium They possess, chestnuts are good for improving the condition of your dog's teeth and bones. For this, it is essential to follow proper dental hygiene and perform proper exercise, since carrying out physical activities not recommended for the animal, can damage the health of bones and joints despite consuming calcium in their diet.

They are suitable for dogs with diabetes

If you can suffer from diabetes, you should know that you can also enjoy this delicious fruit from time to time as a reward or reward. This is so due to carbohydrates found in the composition of chestnuts. To learn more about natural feeding in dogs with this condition, check out our article "Diets for dogs with diabetes."

Improve intestinal transit

Offered properly, they favor the intestinal flora of the dog thanks to its amount of fiber. However, in excess it can have the opposite effect, causing intestinal problems instead of improving traffic. That is why respecting the dose of consumption is essential.

How to give chestnuts to a dog

As we have pointed out during the previous sections, dogs can eat chestnuts from time to time and in small quantities, ideally not offering more than one followed. Also, it is not advisable to offer this dried fruit every day, since an excess of its consumption can produce The following health problems:

  • Flatulence
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Discomfort
  • Stomachache

On the other hand, if you have never offered this food to your dog before, we recommend trying a piece of chestnut first and observing its reaction. If you do not have allergy symptoms, you can continue to provide the fruit as a reward or treat. Also, if your dog tends not to chew the food, keep in mind that chestnuts are of rather hard consistency and could get stuck in his throat and even cause suffocation if you do not chop it beforehand.

Can dogs eat roasted chestnuts?

Lightly roasted yes, toast as we would cook for human consumption, fried or in syrup NO. As we have already mentioned, it is best to offer the peeled and raw fruit, since the added salt or cooking the fried chestnut can harm the animal and promote the development of the intestinal problems already mentioned. Of course, if your dog has eaten a roasted chestnut or a piece of roasted chestnut, it does not have to present negative symptoms. Now, if this is not the case and the doubt lies in whether or not you can offer roasted chestnuts to your dog, it is best not to do so, since prevention is always the best solution.

If you want to read more articles similar to Can dogs eat chestnuts?We recommend that you enter our section on Homemade Diets.

Can dogs eat almonds?

Before we start with this article, we want to prevent you. Whether pistachio, almond or lupine is better or worse for him, never fried, caramelized or salted. A dried fruit is healthy for the human body, but sometimes they come with too much salt. A fried dried fruit is very caloric and sugar is never beneficial either. If you give him an almond that is in one of these three groups, nothing will happen, but it is not good for him.

Salt can cause crystals, frying can cause obesity and excess sugar increases the risk of diabetes. Nor is it appropriate for you to give it whole nuts. You may have traces of teeth that cause future dental problems, and this is not to be taken as a guasa. A dental infection can pass into the blood and end up attacking your viscera seriously. Knowing this: can a dog eat almonds or not?

A dog does not digest almonds well

If you feed one or two without salt, crushed or broken, nothing will happen, but you have to keep in mind that your digestive tract will not digest it well, so it is possible that it does not feel good either. That is, the almond is not toxic to him as a green tomato can be, but it does not contribute anything and can cause diarrhea.

Can dogs eat pistachios?

Something similar happens with pistachios. For starters, do not even think about giving them whole and much less in shell. If they are salty or sweetened, do not give them to them, but nothing happens if they are part of a cookie or a goody you want to give them. What you can never do is give it in large quantities and, when you finish eating it, you will have to check your teeth.

Remember that you have to be very aware of the dental hygiene of your dog and have a specific brush for him. This is especially important if you often feed him human food, if his feed is a little hard or if he eats wet recipes. Good dental hygiene will make it more possible for you to have a healthy old age. As you can see, neither pistachios nor almonds are a bargain for him. If you want to give a prize that suits you, try the apple or banana, but always in small quantities.

Can dogs eat lupines?

Lupins are not a dry fruit, but they are also part of our snacks. Lupins, also called chochos in some provinces, provide many proteins of plant origin, so that we feel very good because they satisfy us But can dogs eat lupines?

To answer, you must know that a dog can only eat about 10% a week of proteins of plant origin or will have diarrhea. Although technically they behave like omnivores, they are actually carnivores. Some races may support 20% of vegetable protein in their diet, but they are the exception.

What can't dogs eat? Knocking down myths

This does not mean that we are afraid and that we limit the feeding of our dog to feed pellets, because that is precisely what the great petfood industry wants, to be afraid of false myths about “forbidden” food to make us believe that our dogs should only Eat feed pellets.

Moreover, as we have commented on more than one occasion this type of food is not the best for our pets. You may wonder then: "And what do I give to my hairy?" We have already dedicated some of our post to tell you the benefits of natural diet: BARF diet and dehydrated diet, and how these benefits provided by the high quality ingredients with which these diets are made improve the health and well-being of our pets.

In summary, our pets can consume many of the ingredients that we include in our daily diet. Alone we need to know in what dose we can give them. In this post we tell you what foods are dangerous at high doses for dogs. So, the next time you are at the table and feel some pleading eyes looking at you or a little leg on your leg you will know that you can share with him without fear.

Whenever you give human food, extreme caution

Knowing this, yes, dogs can eat lupines, they like them and feed them, but you have to watch your bowel movements a lot after eating them, and it can never be in large quantities or your stomach will break down. There are legumes that are usually given to dogs that are guaranteed to work best in their body, such as chickpeas. So much so that some manufacturers add it to their feed.

In short, neither almonds nor pistachios can be given lightly to your dog. In the case of lupins, you can, but keeping an eye on how you react to them. In addition, lupines can cause gas, so do it at your own risk.

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We hope we have clarified your doubts or fears about the myths surrounding these common foods and how much misinformation there is on the Internet about them.

We recommend that in case of severe poisoning due to an accidental error always go to your veterinarian and always trust the experts. Our recommendation is that if you want to start giving your hairy a healthy and natural diet, consult with professionals specialized in dog nutrition.

From Altudog we can offer you a natural menu made by canine nutritionists, Handcrafted with natural ingredients and adapted to all the needs of your faithful friend. Do not hesitate to ask us if you have any questions or want more information. We will wait for you!

10 Replies to “Prohibited Food>

Very good.
They always serve the advice
Thank you

Thank you very much Maria. It is a pleasure that our advice has helped you 😊

Hi. Why do altudog menus carry garlic powder if it is toxic?

Hi Lucia, thanks for your question.

We have consulted our veterinary expert in nutrition about garlic toxicity. In this delicate and controversial issue of nutrition with respect to toxic food for dogs, large multinational feed have created false myths to "fool" people and make the dog only eat feed pellets and never eat food Homemade because it can harm your health ... It is as if our doctor told us to feed our whole life with energy bars instead of having a varied diet ...

Actually "nothing is poison, everything is poison" the key is in the dose. The risk for the dog depends on the dose ingested of each food, it is as for humans, certain foods in their correct dose are beneficial for health, in high doses they are toxic or bad for the organism.

Garlic in small quantity there is no problem. It is not toxic, on the contrary, it has many benefits, which I detail below:
- Platelet antiaggregant: Prevents the excessive tendency of blood platelets to clot forming clots, and also acts as fibrinolytic (undoes fibrin which is the protein that forms blood clots). In this way it is possible to increase the fluidity in the blood and makes it advisable in cases of embolisms, thrombosis ...

- Hypoglycemic: Garlic normalizes glucose level and, therefore, is beneficial for diabetic and obese dogs.

- General antibiotic and antiseptic: Garlic also has an antibiotic action against several microorganisms (Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhimurium, staphylococci and streptococci, various fungi, and other viruses). The bactericidal power of garlic in the intestinal tract is selective, so unlike synthetic antibiotics, it regulates intestinal flora and does not destroy it, since it only acts on pathogenic bacteria.

- Stimulant of defenses: Garlic increases the activity of the body's defensive cells, therefore, stimulates the immune response and helps the body's immune system to resist infections.

- Anticancer: There are studies that have shown that garlic blocks the formation of potent anticancer.

- Vermifuge: Garlic acts against intestinal parasites, which is a natural dewormer.

- Toning and purifying: Garlic activates chemical reactions of the metabolism and favors the excretion processes of waste substances.

THANK YOU, for the information, it helps me a lot ... so I can continue to feed my great friends well, and without any worries ... THANKS ..

Thank you very much for your comment Juana, we are glad to have been helpful 😊

Mari Carmen Basallote, I think it's great that you advise us to better feed our furry, thanks

Thanks to you Mari Carmen, we hope to continue helping you with our posts 😊

First where you can buy this type of dog food and second I add some ham ham to the pellets because if not the dog does not eat it and still eat the ham and balls only when he is very hungry. Right ?

Can dogs eat peanuts?

If nuts, especially macadamia nuts, are dangerous for dogs, what happens to another of the most widespread nuts, the peanut? Are peanuts dangerous to dogs? The answer, canine nutrition experts say, is no. Of course, provided that these animals consume them in moderation and only as a complement to their usual diet.

"Peanuts are a good source of vitamin H and B7 for dogs," says canine veterinarian and nutritionist Donald R. Strombeck, author of 'Homemade diet for dogs and cats', (Blackwell, 1999). These peanut virtues explain why some of the most common homemade prizes for dogs are precisely homemade dog biscuits made with peanut butter.