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

Can Dogs Eat Chestnuts?

Yes, dogs can eat chestnuts, but proceed with caution! Cooked, plain chestnuts are generally safe in small amounts. However, raw chestnuts can be hard to digest, and sweetened or seasoned varieties are a no-go. Also, beware of horse chestnuts as they are toxic to dogs.

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

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

Updated on Jun 14, 2024

Did You Know?

Chestnuts are rich in fiber, which can support digestive health in dogs.




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Benefits and Risks of Chestnuts

Chestnuts can be a tasty treat and provide fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. However, feeding them in excess can cause digestive issues like gas or bloating. Additionally, chestnuts' high carbohydrate content could contribute to weight gain if overfed. Always avoid chestnuts with added salts, sugars, or spices, as these can upset your pup's stomach.

What Parts of Chestnuts are Safe?

  • Safe: Cooked, plain chestnuts
  • Unsafe: Raw chestnuts, horse chestnuts, chestnuts with seasoning or sweeteners

Other Products Containing Chestnuts

Many baked goods and snacks contain chestnuts, but they might also have ingredients harmful to dogs:

  • Chestnut stuffing: Often contains onions, which are toxic to dogs.
  • Chestnut-flavored desserts: Likely to be high in sugar and possibly chocolate.
  • Chestnut soups: May include harmful spices and dairy.

How to Feed Chestnuts to Your Dog?

Start by boiling or roasting plain chestnuts. Allow them to cool, then chop them into small, bite-sized pieces. Serve as an occasional treat or mix a small amount with your dog's regular kibble. Always supervise your dog when they're trying a new food!

Common Misconceptions

Some dog owners believe all nuts, including chestnuts, are off-limits. While it's true many nuts are harmful, cooked chestnuts (in moderation) are safe. Always differentiate between edible chestnuts and horse chestnuts, which are toxic.

What If Your Dog Reacts Badly to Chestnuts?

If your dog shows signs of an allergic reaction, like vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy, discontinue feeding chestnuts immediately. Contact your vet for advice, especially if symptoms persist or worsen.

Safer Alternatives to Chestnuts

If chestnuts seem risky, there are plenty of other safe treat options:

  • Carrots: Low-calorie, crunchy, and great for dental health.
  • Blueberries: Packed with antioxidants and vitamins.
  • Pumpkin: Helps with digestion and is full of fiber.


Chestnuts can be a delightful treat for your dog when prepared correctly and given in moderation. Always be cautious, avoid potentially harmful additives, and consult your veterinarian before introducing new foods. This way, snack time will be safe and enjoyable for your furry friend!