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Can Dogs Eat Pistachios?

No, dogs should not eat pistachios!


Pistachios are very delicious nuts and many people love them. They also have many health benefits for human beings. In general, nuts have been shown to help support a healthy heart and to be a source of both protein and fiber, along with many other important vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

Pistachios are an excellent source of copper and manganese, and a good source of phosphorus. They’re also an excellent source of vitamin B6, offering 20% of the Daily Value per serving. In addition to vitamin B6, pistachios are a good source of thiamin (15% DV) and have lesser amounts of other B vitamins, such as folate and biotin at 4% DV, and riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid at 2% DV.

Because they love pistachios, many dog owners are constantly asking: can dogs eat pistachios?

Dog and Pistachio ice cream

The Dangers in Giving Your Dog Pistachios

Pistachios contain high amounts of phosphorus, which can cause bladder stones in dogs. The pistachios may also contain poisonous aflatoxin (which is a fungus or mold. The pistachios have a very high level of fat, which makes them unfit for your dog. Foods with high fat content can also produce an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis.

This means that your dog should not and cannot eat pistachios. Low levels are safe for human consumption but dogs are more sensitive and are extremely poisonous to them.
Nuts, in general should not be part of your dog’s diet. You need to keep these away from your dog. Many nuts are toxic to dogs.

Apparently all nuts can not be digested by dogs causing upset stomachs though the dog will not realize this is what is causing it to have stomach ache and will continue to eat them if it likes them.

Pistachios usually lead to development of stomach upsets that are severe and therefore should not be in the dog’s diet at all. You need to make sure that your dog cannot get the nuts for themselves.

dogs and nuts

How to Keep Your Dogs Safe

That being said, ASPCA does not think pistachio is always deadly for your dog. ASPCA says, “Pistachios and peanuts are not considered to be toxic, but all nuts contain fats, which can cause gastrointestinal upset, including vomiting and diarrhea.  Many commercial nuts are heavily salted, which poses a risk for the development of sodium ion toxicosis in large quantities. The bottom line?  An occasional peanut or pistachio is not likely to be a problem for your pet, but we wouldn’t recommend feeding him a significant amount of nuts.”

As much as you are not giving them these nuts, this does not mean they cannot get them. Keep these nuts in places that are high where your dog cannot reach. Leaving them on the table or the edges of counters makes it easy for dogs to knock them off.

Also, you should avoid pistachios in all forms, including if they are in ice cream. Many dog owners wonder if it would be ok to serve their dog pistachio in ice cream and the answer is absolutely NOT! In fact, many dogs are lactose intolerant and so feeding pistachio ice cream is worse than eating plain pistachio.

dog eating peanut butter

While you know that dogs cannot eat pistachio or other nuts, they CAN eat peanut butter! So if you MUST feed your dog something with nuts, peanut butter is the way to go and dogs love it too!

Now that you know that nuts and in particular, pistachios are not good for your dog, make sure you keep them away from these. Having answered your question of can dogs eat pistachios, when going shopping, avoid taking pistachios as a snack for your dog as they will cause many stomach problems.

If your dog eats pistachio in large amounts, you should contact the vet immediately. The fat content in pistachios is enough to be fatal for your dog!

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  1. The ASCPA website says that pistachios are not toxic however they are not good for dogs. My 65 lb dog ate 2 of them and ended up in the doggie ER covered in hives, so I would recommend keeping them safely away from your pets.

  2. The fourth paragraph begins:

    “Pistachios are very toxic to dogs….”

    Note the “very”! Below you say:

    “[the] ASPCA says, “Pistachios and peanuts are not considered to be toxic…”

    ONE of these is wrong! Is the evidence unclear?

    Personally, I would say there are plenty of other things you can give your dog, so SKIP the pistachios. However, you may want to clarify this.

    Thanks for a great website!

  3. John Butterworth on

    this advice is bogus. Please refer to the aspca web site or search the topic on PubMed (through the National Library of Medicine). . Pistachios have a high fat content. So do all nuts! Aflatoxins (mentioned as a reason to avoid pistachios) are more typically found on peanuts which you say are ok for dogs. There is no scientific evidence that small quantities of pistachios have any harmful effect on dogs.

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