Walnut poisoning is caused when dogs eat moist, old, moldy walnuts, not fresh ones from the ground or the market. Signs of poisoning are uncontrollable shaking from the mold on the meat of the nut. It can resemble the quivering of metaldehyde poisoning from eating snail bait powder or pellets. The treatment is to induce vomiting, administer muscle relaxants, charcoal, and tranquilizers. If your dog is quivering but standing and alert, a couple tablespoons of 2% hydrogen peroxide may cause vomiting of the moldy nuts or snail bait. The sooner you get rid of the toxin, the less absorbed. You don’t want to do this to depressed, sick, recumbent dogs. They could inhale the vomit and die or develop pneumonia.
Fresh walnuts are high in omega oils and protein and good for most dogs. A few dogs may not tolerate nuts very well and can vomit, have diarrhea, or get hives. You can see if your dog tolerates them by feeing a small piece of a peanut, almond, or walnut. Do not feed macadamia nuts, as these can cause partial paralysis or weakness in the hindquarters of dogs.
My dog Maisy loves nuts, and she has a touchy stomach! Every time I bring a handful of walnuts or almonds to the couch and sit, I feel eyes boring into me. That is her Vulcan mind meld begging technique. It always works, besides walnuts and almonds are a great source of omega fatty acids, usually deficient in most dry dog foods. If you dog has itchy skin or ears…try a nut!!
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