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Are, specifically cashews, poisonous or "bad for" dogs?

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Are nuts, specifically cashews, poisonous or "bad for" dogs ?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

No, and they can be used as training treats. Macadamia nuts, however, should be avoided. They will cause an acute, self-limiting toxicosis evidenced by hind limb weakness, mild tremor of the hindlimbs, ataxia ("drunken sailor"), depression, vomiting, and hyperthermia (due to the muscle tremor). Dogs develop signs of toxicosis after ingesting as little as 1 gram/lb of body weight. Thankfully, the prognosis is excellent with dogs recovering with or without treatment within 24-48 hours.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you very much. It is interesting that Macademia nuts cause hind leg weakness. WE have that symptom. We gave our dog (Golden/Aussie mix) some cashews over the years and seemingly no problems. About 6 weeks ago, cashews and pecans.It could be unrelated but that is why I contacted you.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm not aware of leg weakness resulting from macadamia nuts in people. I could find no references to that effect.

You're quite welcome.