Why Dogs Should Stay Away From Macadamia Nuts

Why Dogs Should Stay Away From Macadamia Nuts

Author WDF Staff


Macadamia nuts are one of the human food that we like to use for preparing different treats and cookies. As a dog parent, you must know all the toxic ingredients that can harm our dogs. Macadamia nuts are one of them, and you shouldn't allow your dog to come near them if you want to preserve your pet's life.

Many dog owners are undereducated and don't realize how dangerous these nuts pose to our beloved dogs. Today you will learn everything about macadamia nuts and their toxicity to dogs.

Can dogs eat macadamia nuts?

Dogs should never eat macadamia nuts, not even in small amounts. Oftentimes, owners will offer their dogs some human treat or a cookie without even realizing that this cookie or a treat contains macadamia nuts.

This is where all the bad things happen. Even if your dog eats a small number of macadamia nuts, he could experience toxicity.

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Macadamia nuts poisoning

Macadamia nut poisoning is a serious health problem that can affect your dog after ingesting only a small amount of them. A recent study has shown that the symptoms of macadamia nut toxicity will appear if your dog consumes 2.4 grams per kg of dog’s body weight. When you think about it, this isn't much, which is why it is important to protect your dog.

Symptoms will appear slowly after ingestion, although it can pass even 12 hours before seeing any symptoms. If you suspect that your dog has eaten some macadamia nuts or other food containing these nuts, you should immediately contact your vet and rush to the nearest clinic.

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Symptoms of macadamia nuts poisoning

Depending on your dog, macadamia nut toxicity symptoms can show immediately, but don't be surprised if they show even 12 hours after ingesting.

These are the symptoms your dog could experience

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • General weakness
  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Tremors
  • Collapsing

Usually, dogs will only experience weakness and will not have any additional serious health issues, but there can always be exceptions. These symptoms are usually non-fatal and will, in most cases, resolve after 48 hours after ingestion.

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What is the diagnosis?

Diagnosing macadamia nuts poisoning will solely be based on the symptoms your dog will show. If you see your dog eat a macadamia nut, you should immediately take action, and if the symptoms start to show, you will know that your dog is going through the poisoning part.

Since macadamia nuts often come with other human food that is extremely toxic for dogs, such as raisins and chocolate, if your dog has ingested some of them with these nuts, the situation is even more serious. At this time, this could be fatal for your dog.

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What is the treatment for poisoning macadamia nuts in dogs?

Most of the dogs will fully recover within 48 hours after ingesting. The treatment will vary depending on how many macadamia nuts your dog has eaten.

To reduce absorption into the dog system, your vet could indicate vomiting and give your dog activated charcoal. In case of a major macadamia nut ingestion, your dog could receive IV fluids and medication.     

For the most severe cases, your vet will demand that your dog is left in the clinic for supervision for the next two days. This way, your vet could act quickly f he notices any new symptoms.

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Most dogs will fully recover within 48 hours, and no additional side effects could bother your dog. Macadamia nuts poisoning is dangerous, and it is best to prevent this from happening. You should always be alert to what your dog does and not allow him to come near the food that can harm him.

You also need to know all the toxic human food that dogs shouldn't eat, and a times when you use some, be extra careful and not allow your dog to come near them. We know that accidents can happen, but if you do all these things, the possibility of your dog eating macadamia nuts is nearly zero.

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