This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinary advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s care, treatment, or medical conditions.
Can dogs eat hazelnuts?
Is your pup begging for some hazelnuts? Just say hazel-nope.
Despite not being toxic per se, hazelnuts pose several health risks to dogs! To start, their small, round shape makes them a choking hazard, especially for smaller breeds.
Dogs may also struggle to digest hazelnuts, leading to gastrointestinal disturbances like vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation. Hazelnuts are also high in fat. Excessive fat intake in dogs can lead to pancreatitis, which is not only painful for your pet but can also lead to other serious health issues if not addressed promptly.
So, what do we do if our mischievous furball manages to snag a hazelnut when we’re not looking? Keep those peepers peeled for any signs of discomfort, and if you spot something amiss, call the vet ASAP!
If your dog eats hazelnuts and is showing signs of illness such as lethargy, diarrhea, or vomiting, reach out to your veterinarian immediately. If they require veterinary care as a result of eating any unsafe foods, pet insurance can help cover the cost of treatment.
While hazelnuts aren’t labeled as toxic for our fluffy mates, they do come with a sneaky little bag of potential problems. First off, their small, round shape is a choking hazard, especially for our petite and curious kitties!
And then there’s the belly-ache saga! Hazelnuts might take our kitties on a not-so-fun adventure, causing an upset stomach or even a chaotic episode of diarrhea.
Let’s talk about the fat content in these nuts—it's high! While fats are essential in diets, too much can lead to pancreatitis, which is inflammation of the pancreas. It’s as unpleasant as it sounds and can lead to other health issues if not addressed swiftly. Plus, allergies to nuts can be a thing for cats too, leading to all sorts of itchy and scratchy scenarios.
If your cat eats hazelnuts and is showing signs of illness such as lethargy, diarrhea, or vomiting, reach out to your veterinarian immediately. If they require veterinary care as a result of eating any unsafe foods, pet insurance can help cover the cost of treatment.
The suggestions offered here are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for pet-specific advice from your veterinarian. Never disregard your vet’s recommendations, or delay in acting on them, based on something you have read on this site. Regardless of how a food is rated here, any food that you give your pet can pose potential health risks, including allergic reactions, choking, or other health conditions such as bloat. Always monitor your pet while they’re eating, and never introduce a new food into your pet’s diet without first consulting your veterinarian.
Pet Poison Emergency Protocol
If your pet is acting sick, call your regular veterinarian immediately. If your regular veterinarian is closed, call a nearby on-call veterinarian, animal urgent care, or veterinary emergency hospital. If your pet is not acting sick but you think they may have been exposed to a poison, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435) or Pet Poison Helpline (855-764-7661).