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Can Dogs Eat Cashews? Vet-Approved Nutrition Facts

Written by: Jana Blagojevic

Last Updated on May 24, 2024 by Dogster Team

Can Dogs Eat Cashews

Can Dogs Eat Cashews? Vet-Approved Nutrition Facts

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Cashews are a much-loved snack and have great health benefits. The delicious nuts can be eaten all on their own or added to various dishes for a nutty flavor. But what about dogs? Your dog may adore cashews and other nuts, but are they safe? The answer is yes, cashews are safe for dogs.

Before you start filling your dog’s bowl full of nuts, there are limitations about how many cashews they can eat and in what form. The following article will explain why cashews are suitable for dogs and how they can enjoy them safely.

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Cashew Information

Cashews are delicious, kidney-shaped seeds from the cashew tree. Cashews, like many other well-known “nuts,” are not nuts at all. Only chestnuts, pecans, and hazelnuts are true nuts; the rest are either seeds (like cashews, almonds, pistachios, and Brazil nuts) or legumes (peanuts). However, no one seems to be able to agree on the “nut” status of the walnut!

The cashew tree is native to Brazil but is widespread in other warm climates worldwide. As long as they’re cooked and prepared correctly, cashews are an incredibly healthy source of various nutrients. Raw cashews in their shells are not edible because they contain urushiol.1 To safely consume them, cashews need to be cooked first to remove this toxic substance.

Eating cashews has been linked with many health benefits, such as a healthier heart, improved blood sugar control, weight loss, and many more.

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Nutritional Value of Cashews in 1 ounce (28 g):

Water: 47 g
Protein: 16 g
Total fat: 4 g
Carbohydrate: 8.56 g
Sugars: 1.68 g
Calcium: 10.5 g
Iron: 1.89 g
Magnesium: 8 g

As you can see from the nutritional values above, cashews are rich in proteins, healthy unsaturated fats, and magnesium. Raw cashews are also low in sugar and rich in antioxidants such as polyphenols, which have a wide range of health benefits.

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Can Dogs Eat Cashews?

While some nuts are considered toxic or otherwise harmful for dogs, cashews are generally safe and potentially beneficial. Cashews are a high-fat and high-protein snack, and while they are healthy, they can also be problematic for some dogs. Fatty foods can quickly lead to obesity if consumed in large amounts, so cashews are not recommended for dogs struggling with weight issues.

The rounded shape and softer flesh of cashews make them less likely to cause obstructions, but if you have a small dog, chop them into smaller pieces to be sure. Dogs are also very unlikely to develop an allergic reaction to cashews, but it is still sensible to offer them a small sample (half to one nut) and wait 24 hours in case they have any adverse reactions.

The most important thing to remember is to feed your dog only unsalted cashews. The high sodium levels of salted cashews make them dangerous for dogs if consumed too often. While cashews are considered safe for pups to consume, you should only offer them as an occasional treat. They are a safe snack but shouldn’t be a regular part of their diet.

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How Many Cashews Can Dogs Eat?

Treats should comprise only 5%–10% of a dog’s diet. The rest should be commercial dog food or homemade meals. Before serving cashews or other nuts to your dog, it is best to consult your veterinarian for advice.

Below, you can find a helpful table showing how many cashews are safe for your dog, depending on their size. This is the amount that they may be fed in a 1-week period. Due to their high fat content, feeding too many cashews at once may predispose them to gastrointestinal upset or even pancreatitis.

Dog Size Dog Weight Cashews
Extra-small dog 2–20 lbs 1 or 2 cashews
Small dog 21–30 lbs 2 to 3 cashews
Medium dog 31–50 lbs 5 to 6 cashews
Large dog 51–90 lbs 10 to 12 cashews
Extra-large dog 91+ lbs 12 to 18 cashews
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Final Thoughts

After learning about the safety of cashews, you can offer this fantastic snack to your pet. Make sure to serve them in small amounts and never exceed the amounts in the table above for the safest results. As with any other snack, it is essential only to serve cashews as an occasional treat.

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