Can Dogs Eat Pistachios?

I for one love pistachios. They just taste amazing. I’m sure a lot of you agree with me on that. Also, eating pistachios has a number of health benefits. However, that’s for us, the humans. But what about dogs? Can dogs eat pistachios?

Can Dogs Eat Pistachios?

No, dogs cannot eat pistachios. In fact, pistachios are considered highly toxic for dogs.

Why Are Pistachios Toxic for Dogs?

For one, pistachios are rich in phosphorus and phosphorus is far from good for dogs. Eating food containing phosphorus can lead to your dog developing bladder stones.

Although, good for us humans, pistachios are toxic for dogs.

Although, good for us humans, pistachios are toxic for dogs.

For two, pistachios are high in fat and that’s not good for dogs either. Eating too much food rich in fat can greatly increase the risk of your dog developing canine pancreatitis.

For third, pistachios can contain¬†poisonous aflatoxin. Don’t worry, though. You can still eat pistachios. The low level of alfatoxin in pistachios is not dangerous for humans. Dogs simply are more sensitive towards alfatoxin. If a dog would consume aflatoxin, it could result in¬†gastroenteritis.

In conclusion, you should never feed pistachios to your dog or any dog for that matter. And that’s for the simple reason of pistachios being toxic for dogs. However, if you do want to share something you like with your dog, I can recommend bananas, which, in low quantities, are even healthy for dogs.

3 Responses to “Can Dogs Eat Pistachios?

  • It’s a good thing dogs cannot eat pistachios. Because, you know, while I do love my dog, I love my pistachios more.

  • Jane T.
    3 years ago

    I actually once offered my dog some pistachios from my hand. He didn’t take any. I guess he knew it won’t be good for him.

  • It’s funny how something like pistachios that really are rather good for our health, can be bad or downright toxic for our pet dogs. Good work writing about this topic, though. One might ask who would even come up with something like feeding pistachios to his/her dog but I’m sure a lot of people do share what they eat with their dogs and that’s one way how a dog might accidentally eat pistachios or something else that’s not really good for them. I think it’s important that people know what their dogs can and cannot eat.

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