What are pistachios, and can dogs eat them?
Pistacia versa is what we now know as the “modern” pistachio. It was originally introduced to the US as an ornamental tree in the 1850s. The nuts were initially dyed red due to the overwhelming number of people allergic to red food dyes.
The US exports 76% of the world’s pistachio nuts today, second only to Iran, and they are also important export crops in Turkey and China. Dogs will eventually be fed pistachios by their owners, or accidentally, regardless of how many dog owners they have.
Can dog eat pistachios?
Although your dog may be able to eat a few nuts, there are still risks that must be considered.
Is there any benefit to giving dogs pistachios as a treat?
Pistachio nuts are considered a nutritious snack rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, potassium, and Vitamin C. They have the recommended daily intake of B vitamins, and Pistachios are not recommended for dogs as a food supplement.
Is there a danger to dogs who eat pistachios
You should be aware of the chemical and physical hazards involved in giving your dog pistachios for a treat.
Although the pistachio isn’t toxic to dogs, there is a risk that some chemicals in the nuts could cause problems for the dog’s digestive system. There is always a danger of choking, as with all treats not specifically made for dogs.
Dogs that consume unshelled nuts may experience damage to their delicate digestive tissues. It is also difficult for the shells to pass through the animal’s digestive tract, causing further damage and extreme discomfort.
The oily liquid in pistachio nuts is urushiol. Urushiol can cause allergic reactions in people, particularly skin rashes and respiratory problems. Contact dermatitis is the name for this rash. This reaction may occur in dogs after they ingest pistachios, and it is most common on their skin and around their mouths. Pistachios contain a high amount of phosphorus, another natural chemical, and high phosphorus levels can cause canine bladder stones.
Some pistachios may contain Aflatoxin, particularly if they have been stored, harvested, and handled improperly. Aflatoxin, a carcinogenic chemical, is released by two types of Aspergillus mould, and it grows on nuts that have been improperly stored, such as nuts kept in an area that is too damp.
Although the shell of pistachio nuts protects them from mold infestation, sometimes they split too quickly and can be infected. When people become sick or die from mold infestation, entire crops may have to be destroyed.
Dogs are susceptible to poisoning by Pistachios.
Dogs who have eaten pistachios can experience the following symptoms: diarrhea, vomiting, orange urine, and greasy stool. A dog with a swollen stomach, jaundice, weight loss, general weakness, weight gain, dermatitis, or overall weakness should see a vet immediately. The consequences of pistachio poisoning include liver failure, bladder stones, and pancreatitis.
Dog Treats… Pistachios Are a Poor Choice
Pistachios, and other nuts, should not be the last choice among the many manufactured and natural dog treats. Dogs prefer real meat or snacks with meat flavors that look and feel like meat. It is possible for your dog to eat a handful of pistachios accidentally, but it might be a good idea to save the small green nuts for yourself.