A dog with an unsure expression looking at almonds, indicating caution for dog consumption.

Can Dogs Eat Almonds?

Dogs should not eat almonds. While almonds are not highly toxic to dogs, they can pose significant health risks. Processed or flavored almonds are especially harmful due to additives and seasonings that can be detrimental to your pup's health. Additionally, salted almonds can lead to water retention and even kidney failure in severe cases.

A photo of Stefan Stumpfl, the co-author of this article.

By Stefan Stumpfl, in collaboration with Dr. Ali Raza.

Updated on Jul 8, 2024

Did You Know?

Almonds can pose a choking hazard, especially to smaller dog breeds.




Rating: 2 out of 5 stars๐Ÿ๐Ÿ


Rating: 3 out of 5 stars๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช


Rating: 2 out of 5 stars๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Feeding Frequency


Allergic Risk


Benefits and Risks of Almonds

Almonds contain healthy fats, proteins, and vitamins that may be beneficial for humans but can be risky for dogs. The high-fat content can cause gastrointestinal distress and lead to pancreatitis, a serious condition. Furthermore, the hard texture of almonds makes them a choking hazard, especially for smaller breeds. If ingested in large quantities, the high salt and seasoning levels in processed almonds can lead to toxicity and other complications.

What/Which Almonds are safe / unsafe?

  • Safe: None
  • Unsafe: All forms of almonds (raw, roasted, flavored, salted)

Other Products Containing Almonds

Almonds can sneak into a range of household products and snacks:

  • Baked goods: cakes, cookies, and pastries often contain almonds or almond flour.
  • Trail mixes: a popular snack mix that usually includes almonds.
  • Granola bars: frequently feature almonds as an ingredient.

These products are usually unsafe for dogs due to additional harmful ingredients like sugar, chocolate, and xylitol.

How to Feed Almonds to Your Dog?

Given the above risks, it's best to avoid feeding almonds to your dog altogether. Opt for safer snacks and treats that offer the same level of excitement and nutrition without the hazards.

Common Misconceptions

One of the common myths is that since almonds are healthy for humans, they must also be healthy for dogs. This is misleading. Dogs have different digestive systems and nutritional needs. What benefits us can potentially harm them, as is the case with almonds.

What If Your Dog Reacts Badly to Almonds?

If your dog starts showing symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, or difficulty breathing after eating almonds, seek veterinary care immediately. Quick action can prevent more severe health complications.

Safer Alternatives to Almonds

There are plenty of alternative snacks that are both delicious and safe for your pup:

  • Carrot sticks: low-calorie and great for dental health.
  • Apple slices: packed with vitamins but remember to remove the seeds.
  • Blueberries: antioxidant-rich and low in calories.


In summary, while almonds might be a crunchy delight for humans, they're not suitable for dogs. There are safer, more appropriate treats available that can keep your furry friend happy and healthy. Always consult your vet when introducing new foods into your dogโ€™s diet to ensure they're safe and beneficial.