You Know They Can Do It, but Should Dogs Eat Nuts?

Springbrook dog sitting at a table with a green shake.

Botanically speaking, nuts can be classified as seeds, legumes, or actual tree nuts, but your dog doesn’t care about any of that. Instead, they’re likely to wag their tail, lick their chops, and look pleadingly into your eyes the minute you mention the possibility of a nutty snack. To them, nuts are simultaneously crunchy and creamy and just downright delicious. But they’re also jam-packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals. They love chomping on them, but should dogs eat nuts?

Go Nuts Over… Nuts!

Possibly the most popular nuts for dogs are peanuts. Technically legumes (beans or peas), peanuts can be given to dogs raw or roasted, but definitely unsalted. Dogs rarely suffer from peanut allergies like people do, but it’s not unheard of. As a result, slowly introduce your dog to peanuts and only in the absence of adverse reactions offer a weekly nutty treat.

Cashews can also be given occasionally, but going overboard may cause stomach pain and gastrointestinal distress. Always be sure to buy roasted, unsalted cashews as raw ones can contain a toxin dangerous to canines.

Hazelnuts may not be your first choice, but they are a delicious alternative. Be sure that they are cut into bite-sized pieces.

Buttery Goodness

Butters made from the above listed nuts are excellent when you need to conceal medicine or fill a Kong before an inevitable, temporary separation. However, because many commercial nut butters can also contain Xylitol, please read food labels very carefully. This artificial sweetener has health benefits for humans, but is deadly for dogs. 

Because nuts are high in fat they should only be given once in a while. Pancreatitis can be triggered by rich, fatty foods especially if a dog has had a previous bout of this serious health condition. 

Almonds Equal Joy?

Almonds are high in beneficial fatty acids and fiber, but they aren’t always easily digested by pups. If they like almonds, but you’re worried about causing them GI problems, you can soak raw or roasted (unsalted) almonds in water overnight to soften them. Cut them into little bites, or opt for almond butter as a delivery vehicle for medicine or supplements.  

When Dogs Eat Nuts For Fun

If your dogs eat nuts, why stop there? Unfortunately, the following options can be quite risky for pups:

  • Pecans and pistachios have a really high fat content and may cause tummy troubles. Also, it’s not unusual for pecans to have their shells still attached, leading to dental issues or GI obstruction.
  • Walnuts are not a healthy choice, especially if they are on the ground beneath a walnut tree. These nuts are often moldy, but the husks may also contain a neurotoxin caused by a fungus. It may be worthwhile to train your dog to leave all fallen nuts alone, as black walnuts can have terrible health consequences. 
  • Macadamia nuts are considered highly poisonous to dogs, and should never be given to dogs. 

Springbrook Veterinarians Say…

Yes, dogs can eat nuts. However, because of the risks of some nuts to canine health, it may be best to provide them with crunchy treats designed specifically for them. 

Lastly, if you know or suspect that your dog ate something they shouldn’t have, or consumed too much of something high in fat, please let us know. veterinarians at Springbrook Animal Care Center are always here for you!

Is There a Trick to Keeping Your Pocket Pet Happy?

Springbrook father and boy play with hamster pocket pet.

We humans tend to think that small creatures have simple lives, and as a result, appear happy-go-lucky and curious. The truth is, they experience a wide range of emotions, and have enormous capacity to feel their way through both positive and negative experiences. It may seem tough to intuit how a pocket or exotic pets feels, but through close observation of their behavior and physiology we can surmise their emotional state. Keeping your pocket pet happy may seem like a no-brainer, but it can be fairly nuanced and subtle.


Bush Vs Tree? The Answer May Help With Your Cat’s Environment

Most cat owners are highly attuned to their cat’s preferences. They provide the right food and toys, set out the snuggliest blankets for them to curl up in, and always save cardboard boxes. 

Based on the widespread popularity of cat trees and high vertical climbing structures, it’s easy to think that all cats enjoy surfaces high off the floor, too, but this simply isn’t true. Your cat’s environment should reflect their preferences: Are they a tree or bush dweller?


Are You Fur-miliar With the Truly Amazing History of Cats?

Springbrook cat looking into the camera

Before cats took their rightful place as the dominators of the internet, their paths alongside humans had some hiss-terical highs and some terribly low points. Undoubtedly, the history of cats is a long yarn full of adventure, connection, near misses, and dreadful outcomes. If it’s been a while since you’ve appreciated this awesome species, we’ve got some jaw-dropping cat facts that demand respect.


The Snippiest Shorty Around: All About Small Dog Syndrome

If your tiny pup is the terror of the household, or the bully of the dog park, you are not alone. Many small dog owners complain that their dogs are little land sharks who get their way at all costs.

Unfortunately, these height-challenged pets can cause big problems when their behaviors aren’t corrected. Bites and injuries from small dogs are common, and often result from under-socialization and lack of training.

Small dog syndrome is a general term for bad behaviors. But is this a genetic or medical condition in all dogs? The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to explain why these adorable pups can become challenging and what you can do to put a stop to aggression and negative behaviors.


Your Dog’s Dewclaws: Decoration or Indispensable?

Many pups come with the advertisement that their “tails and dewclaws” have been “done”, meaning that the breeder has had their dewclaws removed and tails surgically docked. To many perspective pet owners, this sounds like an important thing. After all, why would you not want your breeder to provide an extra to you?

Upon further thought, though, you may start to wonder why you wouldn’t want your new pet to have all of its body parts. At Springbrook Animal Care Center we think it’s important for pet owners to understand what dewclaws are and why pets have them. Keep reading to learn more.


Queen Kitty: 7 Ways to Pamper Your Cat

Let’s face it, cats seem to be fairly easy going when it comes to their demands. Unlike a dog, who likes to be up in our face when they want something, cats play it cool

Because of this, some pet owners tend to overlook important aspects of cat care, like added attention and pampering for their special purry friends. Cats, though, love to be pampered as much as any self-respecting dog. 

Have you pampered your cat lately?

The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center know how important it is to take time to spoil our cat companions and are here to offer up a few awesome ways to pamper your cat.


How to Help Your Pet Cope With Today’s Challenges

There’s a great deal of uncertainty right now, and our pets feel it. Over the past few months they’ve spent more time with us than ever before – a time that may have been filled with nail-biting, pacing, worrying, and without the schedule and routine they were used to.

Pets react to heightened emotions in a variety of ways, many of which can cause significant problems for them (and you). How can you help your pet cope with all the strange transitions happening around them?

The Balance

One of the greatest strategies for pet owners during this time is to simply keep up with your pet’s routine as much as possible. Be sure they get outside at specific times throughout the day, keep meal times regular, and play/exercise with them as much as you can (it’ll make you feel better, too!). Inconsistencies to the daily routine can be really upsetting and won’t help your pet cope at all.


Pet-Friendly Bug Spray for Your Home and Garden

Many of us want to reduce the number of chemicals we use each day. Whether they be household cleaners or insect control, the goal is to minimize these noxious ingredients from impacting the family and the environment. 

Your fur family is also at risk of certain products we use to control those household invaders, insects. Since we must exist among common pests, it’s only natural that there would be a means to control them that is safe to humans and pets alike.

Here are some pet friendly bug spray suggestions from your Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center.


Dog Days Ahead: Why Your Pet Needs Sun Protection

If your dog loves to have fun in the sun, you are not alone. Most dogs enjoy this time of year where they can be outdoors, swimming, hiking, walking, and hanging poolside with their owners. But, like us, dogs are susceptible to sunburn and other skin conditions, if they don’t have sun protection. Your dog may not be slathering on SPF 50 any time soon, but we should do our best to provide protection for their skin.

The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here with some tips on keeping your pet cool and sunburn-free this summer and why sunscreen is important for them.