If you think that Pecans are a great snack for your dog then, honestly, the answer is NO! You have gone wrong in understanding the dietary behavior of animals and especially of dogs. Pecans have a great number of nutritional benefits that are associated with them. But, these nutritional benefits can only be extracted from the digestive system of human beings and not from the digestive system of animals.
This is because these nuts contain a toxin known as ‘juglone’, which may be harmful to dogs in large quantities. They are also bad for dogs since they contain very high levels of fats within them. They are also considered to be dangerous for your dog due to their ability to grow mold and potentially lead to gastrointestinal distress, intestinal blockages, and/ or other serious symptoms like seizures.
Thus, pecans are not a great snack for your pet dog.
Why Pecans Can Be Bad For Your Pet Dog?
Pecans are a proven and great source of protein, healthy fats, and fiber that can help in keeping you energized and satisfied throughout the day. But, the effects of pecans are different for dogs and other animals. This is because of the reason that dogs don’t have the exact dietary needs as human beings.
Your dog might be tempted when he or she sees pecans and might want to eat them too. But, this is because they don’t know the health risks or hazards that are associated with these nuts.
These nuts are really bad and toxic for your pet dog. They are unsafe for your dog’s diet because of the presence of a toxin known as juglone within them. Adding to it, pecans are also susceptible to mold, which contains tremorgenic mycotoxins that can lead to tremors, and seizures, and even damage a dog’s neurological system.
Thus, for these reasons pecans are bad and toxic for your pet dog.
Pecan Pie: A Snack For Your Pet Dog Or Not?
A pecan pie comes with risks a lot more times than a pecan comes individually. This is because pecan pies contain the dual and harmful effects of both pecan and a pie. The ill-effects of pecan have already been told earlier through this blog and you, being a dog owner or lover, might be aware of the fact that dogs are sensitive to sugary stuff.
When these two ill effects are combined, the health risks or hazards that your dog will be prone to become twofold.
Thus, dogs can not eat pecan pie as they are an unhealthy snack for them.
What If My Pet Dog Ate One Piece Of Pecan?
If your dog has accidentally consumed or eaten one piece of pecan then it is not of very much harm and you need not be worried about it. This is because one piece of pecan can be easily digested by a dog’s stomach and digestive system since it has been eaten in moderation.
However, you need to get worried if your dog gulps down a lot many pieces of pecans as this can prove to be a life-threatening incident for your pet dog. This is because of the high level of fat content in them. Such a situation can lead to affect your dog’s liver and can also cause problems such as bladder stones, and gastrointestinal problems or issues.
Thus, if your dog ate one pecan then it is not a situation to get worried about.
Are There Any Health Benefits Of Pecans For A dog?
There are minimal to no health benefits that are associated with pecans which can prove to be helpful for a dog or any other animal in question.
However, there are many health risks that are associated with a dog’s health that come with the consumption of pecans. These health risks have already been explained through the way of this blog. But, some symptoms are being listed again for your ready reference. These symptoms include severe vomiting, severe diarrhea, lethargy, loss of appetite, yellowing eyes or gums, brown or reddish urine, blood in vomit or stool (Stool will be very black), and Difficulty in urinating.
Thus, if you want to avoid all these sufferings to your pet dog, you have to be cautious and not feed them with pecans at all.
Peanuts: The Safest Alternative To Pecans
If you want to feed nuts to your pet dog and don’t want to go ahead with feeding them with pecans after reading this blog, then the next best alternative to feed your pet dog is peanuts. Nuts that will not do any harm to your pet dog include peanuts and even chestnuts that can be included in your dog’s diet. These nuts won’t prove to be toxic for your dog as the fat and oil content within them is considerably less as compared to other nuts such as walnuts and pecans to count upon a few of them.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Shelled pecans come with the risk of choking your pet dog. Read how and why.
After reading this blog, you might have understood that pecans are not a great snack or treat for your pet dog. But now comes the question of whether dogs can have shelled pecans or not? The answer to this question is negative. No, your dog can not have shelled pecans too. This is because consuming shelled pecans can have a great extent of choking hazards and risks for your little pet.
Along with it, shelled pecans can also cause a serious intestinal blockage. In a situation your dog suffers from intestinal blockage, he or she will show symptoms such as vomiting, lethargy, and/ or loss of appetite. In such a situation, you must visit your pet’s veterinarian doctor as soon as possible.
2. What is the in-depth analysis of health hazards associated with pecan ice cream?
Just like pecans, pecan ice creams are also not a great source of snacks or treats for your pet dog. This is because this ice cream will contain real pecans and it will prove to be harmful to your little pet dog because of all the reasons mentioned earlier.
Serving this ice cream to your dog can also lead to a variety of health problems such as tooth decay and obesity to count a few of them.
Thus, it is advised that you do not feed your pet dog with pecan ice cream.
3. Are pecan shells toxic for consumption by your pet dog or not?
After reading this blog you must have been familiar with the point that pecans are not at all safe for your pet dog. Also, it has also been mentioned earlier that pecan shells can have a choking effect on your pet dog by getting stuck while eating. Some health hazards that come with eating a pecan are gastrointestinal distress, intestinal blockages, or other serious symptoms such as seizures.