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

Can Dogs Eat Cashews?

Yes, dogs can eat cashews, but only in moderation and with some precautions. It's important to make sure cashews are unsalted and plain. Salted or flavored cashews can be harmful to dogs, and excessive consumption can lead to health issues.

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

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

Updated on Jul 9, 2024

Did You Know?

Cashews can provide essential nutrients like magnesium and calcium in small quantities.




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Benefits and Risks of Cashews

Cashews can provide some nutritional benefits to your dog when given in small amounts. They are a good source of healthy fats, protein, and essential minerals like magnesium. However, cashews are high in fat and calories, making them a potential risk for obesity and pancreatitis if fed in large quantities. Always avoid giving salted or seasoned cashews, as these can lead to sodium ion poisoning.

What Parts of Cashews are Safe / Unsafe?

  • Safe: Plain, unsalted, roasted cashews in small quantities.
  • Unsafe: Salted, flavored, or raw cashews; large quantities.

Other Products Containing Cashews

Watch out for snacks and baked goods that contain cashews, as these often have additional ingredients harmful to your dog:

  • Cashew butter
  • Granola bars with cashews
  • Trail mix containing cashews

These products often have sugars, salts, or other additives that are not suitable for dogs.

How to Feed Cashews to Your Dog

Start by giving your dog one or two plain, unsalted, roasted cashews to see how they react. Make sure to chop them into small pieces to prevent choking. Cashews should only be an occasional treat and not a regular part of your dogโ€™s diet. Remember, moderation is key.

Common Misconceptions

A common myth is that all nuts are harmful to dogs. While it's true that some nuts like macadamia nuts are toxic, cashews can be safe when given properly. Another misconception is that cashews can replace a balanced diet. They can't. Cashews should only be a treat, not a meal.

What If Your Dog Reacts Badly to Cashews?

If your dog shows signs of digestive upset, such as vomiting or diarrhea, after eating cashews, it's best to stop giving them this treat and monitor their condition. Contact your vet if symptoms persist or worsen.

Safer Alternatives to Cashews

Here are some safer alternatives that offer similar benefits without the risks:

  • Pumpkin: Low in calories and great for digestion.
  • Carrots: Crunchy, low-calorie, and packed with vitamins.
  • Apples: Fiber-rich and contains antioxidants; just remove the seeds and core.


In summary, while cashews can be a safe treat for dogs in moderation, it's crucial to avoid salted or flavored ones and feed them sparingly. Always consult with your vet when introducing new foods to your dogโ€™s diet. Keeping an eye on portion sizes and monitoring your dog's reaction can ensure they enjoy their treat safely!