My Dog Ate Cashews What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Kyoko •  Updated: 03/26/23 •  3 min read
Dog Mild Toxicity Level
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Dog Ate Cashews

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Dogs love to eat almost anything and everything, including nuts! But not all nuts are healthy for dogs. If you happen to enjoy cashews, is it OK to share them with your canine companion? Are cashews dangerous for dogs?

Has your dog eaten cashews? Are you worried the cashews 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 cashews and whether they can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!

It is strongly recommended to contact a Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian.

What are Cashews?

Cashews are nuts that grow on the cashew tree (Anacardium occidentale). This is an evergreen tree that creates cashew seeds. The cashew nut from this tree is considered a snack and can be eaten by itself or combined with other ingredients to make delicious meals and desserts.

While cashews are safe for humans (in moderation), what about dogs? Can cashews make a dog sick?

Cashews & Dogs

Fortunately, cashews are not toxic to dogs! And they are safe for dogs to eat in moderation! The nuts are cholesterol-free, low in sugar, and contain healthy nutrients, such as iron, magnesium, and folate. They also contain high amounts of protein and fiber.

The only problem with cashews is that they do contain a high amount of fat. While dogs can eat cashews in moderation, eating too many can cause health issues.

For instance, dogs regularly eating cashews can gain weight quickly and become obese. The excessive amount of fat can also cause pancreatitis, which can cause death in our canine friends. And if the nuts are too salty, they can be too toxic for dogs.

Though rare, some dogs may even have an allergy to cashews.

How to Feed Cashews to Your Dog

If your dog happens to love cashews and isn’t allergic to these wonderful nuts, he can enjoy them as a once-in-a-while treat.

The best cashews to give a dog are those that are unsalted and roasted. In addition, cashew nuts can be made into cashew butter. You can make this at home or buy it at the store. However, be sure to watch out for additional ingredients when buying store-bought cashew butter. Some of these products add too much salt and sugar. Too much oil can also be a problem.

So, there you have it! Cashews are safe for dogs to eat, but only in small amounts on rare occasions. Feeding your dog cashews too often can lead to obesity and other health issues. Make sure to keep the nuts out of your dog’s reach and only give cashews once in a while. You’ll both be happier for it!

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Kyoko

Kyoko is from a family of 3 and moved to New York with her parents and siblings when she was 13. Kyoko is fond of spending a great amount of time with pets, specifically her beagle Luna and cat Missy. Her boyfriend often complains that she spends too much time giving attention to their animals. Kyoko has written dozens of articles concerning pets and is aiming at owning a pet shop one day!

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