Can dogs eat nuts?

I have been asked if nuts are bad for dogs.  So here is some information regarding nuts and peanut butter for dogs.

 The only toxic nuts that have been reported are macadamias. Other nuts are high in fat and can cause problems (GI upset, pancreatitis) due to the fat. Other toxic issues associated with nuts include tremors or seizure like activity from moldy nuts (especially moldy walnuts laying in the yard). Peanuts are legumes, not nuts; the primary concern for peanuts is the fact that they can be susceptible to contamination by molds that produce aflatoxin, which dogs are especially sensitive to and can cause neurologic issues.  Unless your pet has intestinal problems, we recommend peanut butter as a great method to help get pills into dogs.  It is also used commonly in treats- especially homemade treats.

Dr. Jeremy Wentz,VMD


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LABORATORY       View details


Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital offers a full complement of in-house laboratory equipment, allowing us to perform a large number of diagnostic tests on-site to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of your pet. In addition, we maintain a relationship with a national diagnostic laboratory for the times when off-site diagnostics are needed.

Commonly performed in-house wellness tests include:

  • ·         Fecal analysis
    • o   For the detection of intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms and whipworms
    • o   For the detection of the Giardia and coccidia
  • ·         Heartworm tests for dogs and cats
  • ·         Tests for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
  • ·         Tests for common tick-borne illnesses in the dog
    • o   Lyme disease
    • o   Anaplasmosis
    • o   Ehrlichia

 Other in-house tests available for your pet:

  • ·         Complete blood count (CBC)
    • o   Provides red and white blood cell counts
    • o   Aids in the detection of anemias and infection
  • ·         Chemistry profile
    • o   For the evaluation of kidney and liver values, blood glucose, protein levels and electrolytes
  • ·         Tests for Canine Pancreatitis
  • ·         Tests for Canine Parvovirus
  • ·         Thyroid hormone assays
  • ·         Canine Pregnancy Testing
  • ·         Ear cytology
    • o   For the detection of microorganisms and parasites in cases of ear infections
  • ·         Skin cytology
    • o   For the determination of types and numbers of microorganism such as bacteria and yeast in a number of skin conditions
  • ·         Skin scraping
    • o   For the detection of microscopic parasites such as mites in a number of skin conditions
  • ·         Mass cytology

 In the case that your pet needs a test not offered by our laboratory, we are able to obtain blood and/or tissue samples on-site to be sent out to a national laboratory. Results are often available within a few business days. These tests include:

  • ·         Bile acids assay for liver function
  • ·         Tests for endocrine, or hormonal, disorders
    • o   ACTH stimulation testing
    • o   Low dose and High dose Dexamethasone Suppression Testing
    • o   Fructosamine evaluations
  • ·         Vaccine titer evaluations
  • ·         PCR testing for certain viral or bacterial infections
  • ·         Urine and tissue cultures