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Can your pets have nuts or nuts-related products?

Updated: Apr 28

Except for macadamia nuts which are toxic to pets, most other nuts are not as damaging for pets. However, they can still cause health problems and aren't the healthiest choice for a snack for your pet. Peanuts, which belong to the legume family, are safe but only in small amounts.

Please keep in mind that cashews, pecans, almonds, and walnuts can cause problems for your pet’s health because of the high fat and oil content that pets can’t easily digest. Vomiting, diarrhea, or even pancreatitis can be developed due to the consumption of nuts. Coconut flashes are also relatively high in calories and can lead to being overweight, stomach upsets, and an increased risk of pancreatitis. Therefore, it is always good to limit the consumption of these products. Coconut oil is very popular among many dog owners and veterinarians as a topical treatment for dry skin and eczema. However, some veterinarians are not convinced that coconut oil is beneficial for dogs at all, because it’s high in fatty acids and saturated fats and may raise the “bad cholesterol” level in dogs. New research has shown that your pet’s gut, probably, doesn’t like coconut oil because of the saturated fatty acids that cause inflammation, leading to a leaky gut.

Recent studies demonstrated that coconut oil, which increased endotoxemia/leaky gut, was the most toxigenic among the other oils tested. In another case, your dog might have an allergy to coconut oil. Signs of an allergy include an upset stomach and itching. Thus, there is no good physiological reason to feed pets with coconut products, and ensure you use caution when offering your pets these foods. The benefits of using coconut oil are not unique and many other fats are safer and healthier. Additives (chocolate, raisins), sweeteners, and salt in nut mixes can also be toxic for your pets. The molds that can develop while the nuts are sitting out in a bowl contain tremorgenic mycotoxins that can cause neurological issues in your pets. Signs of nut poisoning in your pet include weakness, depression, tremors, vomiting, and even seizures.

Pet Preferred Diagnostics has the newest technologies for allergy tests for dogs and cats as well as a unique food intolerance (IgG) test that can screen a serum sample for 54 harmful food ingredients. We require less than 1 ml of serum for the largest 100 allergen panel and less than 0.5 ml for all other tests.

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