Almond butter is a popular food enjoyed by anyone who loves almonds! And who doesn’t love almonds? Even our dogs love the taste of almond butter. But what happens if a dog eats almond butter? Can a dog get sick from eating almond butter?
Has your dog eaten almond butter? Are you worried that the almond butter will make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something like this.
We’ve gathered information about almond butter and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!
What is Almond Butter?
Almond butter is a food paste made from ground, roasted almonds. It’s very similar to peanut butter but made from almonds instead. Almonds are tree nuts. There are different kinds of almond butter, including smooth and crunchy, stir or no-stir, and more.
Almond butter is something used as an alternative butter for people who are allergic to peanut butter. Almond butter is also pretty healthy. It contains plenty of fiber, calcium, potassium, iron, and manganese and about half the saturated fat of peanut butter.
While almond butter is safe for humans (in moderation), what about dogs? Can almond butter make a dog sick?
Almond Butter & Dogs
The good news is that almond butter is not toxic to dogs as long as it has no additives. It’s safe to give your dog almond butter once in a while. However, if a dog eats almond butter regularly, he could become sick. A dog could also get sick if he ate too much almond butter.
Dogs that eat too much almond butter in one sitting could develop pancreatitis. Pancreatitis can be caused by a dog eating too much food that’s high in fat, such as almond butter. In addition, a dog could develop other GI symptoms from eating too much almond butter.
In addition, some almond butter is made with xylitol. This is a substance that’s extremely toxic to dogs and can cause liver failure, hypoglycemia, and death.
Symptoms of Almond Butter Ingestion in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten almond butter:
- Greasy-looking stools
- Difficulty breathing
- Heart arrhythmias
- Lack of appetite
- Severe abdominal pain & swelling
If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.
Treatment of Almond Butter Ingestion in Dogs
Treatment depends on how much almond butter your dog has eaten and the severity of his symptoms. It also depends on the vet’s diagnosis.
If your dog is diagnosed with digestive upset, the vet may give him medications to protect his digestive tract. In addition, the vet may give your dog medicine to stop persistent diarrhea and vomiting. For dehydrated dogs, the vet may also give them an IV with fluids.
For dogs diagnosed with pancreatitis, your canine companion may require an IV with fluids and to administer medications. They may also give your fur baby medications to stop diarrhea and vomiting. Once these symptoms are under control, the vet may recommend withholding food for about 24 hours. This helps the pancreas to rest. Once the dog’s condition has improved, he may begin to eat again, but only foods recommended by the vet. Dogs that are recovering from pancreatitis may need to eat a low-fat, low-protein, high-fiber diet for a time.
The prognosis is best for dogs who receive prompt treatment after eating almond butter. In the future, keep almond butter out of your dog’s reach. And make almond butter a once-in-a-while treat for your fur baby, but only in small amounts. You’ll both be happier for it!