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Can dogs eat nuts?

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With a few exceptions, nuts are not usually safe or healthful for dogs to eat. Consuming nuts can cause problems ranging from gastrointestinal discomfort to fatal poisoning in canines.

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Many owners use peanut butter to administer medication or supplements. Peanut products are usually safe for dogs, but some can have allergic reactions. Cashews are safe to give to as treats sparingly, but are high in fat content that can easily become overwhelming for a dog's digestive system. Many other kinds of nuts can cause obstructions in the digestive system, and still others may carry types of mold that can be very harmful. The most dangerous nuts are macadamia, which have been known to cause neurological issues and even paralysis in dogs.

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