Should Dogs Get Macadamia Nuts?

Should Dogs Get Macadamia Nuts?

Macadamia nuts are oh so yummy!  They are great in cookies, fudge, candies, on ice cream, and straight out of the bag, but they are not great for dogs.

It is not well understood why dogs are so sensitive when other animals are unaffected. Just like raisin and grape toxicity, more studies need to be done.

The symptoms of macadamia toxicity are:

  • Weakness
  • Trouble walking
  • Vomiting
  • Tremors
  • Fever

If your dog gets into macadamia nuts, please call us immediately.  Only a few nuts can cause issues in smaller dogs. The treatment focuses on getting the nuts out of the dog’s stomach as quickly as possible and providing supportive care during the first 24 hours after ingestion.

Treatment may include:

  • Inducing vomiting
  • IV catheter and fluid therapy
  • Hospitalization
  • X-rays
  • Bloodwork

The good news is that most dogs make a full recovery without any lasting effects, but please keep those nuts out of the reach of dogs.

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