Macadamia Nuts Get Dogs Sick

I heard on the radio this morning that Macadamia Nuts were harmful to dogs and could possibly kill them if they ate them.

I just couldn’t figure out how that was possible, but the radio dj kept on going on and on about it so I noted it to myself to check it out personally and sure enough… Macadamia nuts and dogs just do not mix!

…Each year, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) receives calls concerning dogs consuming varying amounts of macadamia nuts (see boxed text). These relatively infrequent calls involve remarkably consistent findings and outcomes…

…From 1987 to 2001, the ASPCA APCC received 48 calls concerning dogs consuming macadamia nuts…

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4 Responses

  1. I just brought my dog to the vet aft er she was experiencing tremors, weekness and lethargy. After realizing that she consumed Macadamia nuts, they have decided she has been poisoned. She wiull be kept over night on iv’s. Don’t feed your dog any of these tempting nuts. I just hope my dog is o k. She is my baby !

  2. Thanks for spreading the word on pet toxicities on your blog – so important for pet owners to be aware of the lurking household poisons in (and outside of) their house! As an ER specialist, I see so many toxicities that owners bring in too late (making it more expensive to treat, with a worse prognosis!). When in doubt, it’s so important to call a Poison Control for peace of mind!

    I wanted to make you aware of another important resource out there also – Pet Poison Helpline is an additional Animal Poison Control Center, and it’s one of the most cost-effective animal poison ($35/case vs. ASPCA’s new $60/case) controls out there nowadays. Unfortunately, because animal poison controls are not federal- or state-funded, there is a fee to allow the service to be run 24-7. We provide a similar service, but have the added benefit of veterinary specialists (in internal medicine and emergency and critical care) as part of our staff. You can always call 1-800-213-6680 if you ever have a problem. Thanks for spreading the word!

    Dr. Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC
    Associate Director of Veterinary Services

  3. Yep, along with lots of plants and chocolate. Most nuts are not good for dogs.

    Who KNEW? Glad I am not a dog. I love Mac Nuts!

  4. Dog, that’s just nuts!

    (Was hard to resist even though I cringed when I
    wrote “Dog”. And, again.)

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