Oilseeds such as chestnuts and walnuts are considered healthy and great additions to the menu! But does this also apply to pets? Do you know if dogs can eat chestnuts? 

When introducing new food to your pet’s diet, it’s important to be aware. Many common foods for us cause poisoning in dogs. Want to know if dogs can eat chestnuts? Keep reading! Learn what threats are allowed for your furry ones. 

Can you give chestnuts to dogs? 

Chestnuts represent a group of oilseeds, which contain a few different species. In general, we can say that giving chestnuts to a dog is not very suitable.

That’s because it does not have adequate nutritional value for furry, even species that are not toxic. However, the best way to answer whether a dog can eat nuts is to analyze each type individually. Below you will find more details. 


Nuts are tasty and full of good fats, which makes them excellent for our diet! However, for dogs, it is not a good option. 

That’s what Dr. Juliana Bondino, a veterinarian at Petz, explains. Because it is rich in fat, nuts for dogs , in excess, can lead to weight gain and obesity. 

Therefore, although it is true that dogs can eat Brazil nuts , this food is not recommended. The ideal is to look for a safer snack. 

Cashew nut 

Another Brazilian delight, the cashew nut is highly valued for its high nutritional value. This species is also not considered toxic to pets and, therefore, dogs can eat cashew nuts in very small portions. 

The problem is exactly the same as with other nuts. High levels of fat contribute to weight gain and, consequently, health problems. So, it is better to avoid giving cashew nuts to dogs .

Forbidden chestnuts for dogs

Although not recommended, the above oilseeds are not toxic to dogs. Thus, the dog can eat Brazil nuts or cashews in small amounts, without major concerns. 

Several chestnuts together.

However, this is not always the case, as there are some species that are quite toxic to furry ones. Check out the most dangerous ones below.

  • Macadamia: present in chocolates and other desserts, macadamia is a luxury ingredient, thanks to its delicate flavor. However, she must stay well away from the pet. This is because it contains toxic substances for dogs. Even a small amount can cause serious reactions, such as vomiting, apathy and tremors, leading to death! Therefore, be very careful with this oilseed;
  • Pistachio: in the case of pistachios, the danger is not the seed, but the “shell” shape, which favors the appearance of mold. As the furry ones are a bit hasty when it comes to eating, they can ingest this mold without realizing it. As a result, the pet becomes intoxicated, leading to symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea or even liver problems;
  • Almond: very tasty, almond is a common ingredient in sweet and savory dishes. But for pets, this oilseed is somewhat indigestible and can cause reactions such as stomach pains or intestinal obstruction. 

As we can see, it is not always possible for dogs to eat chestnuts. However, if you are considering changing your pet’s diet, don’t worry. There are several safe and healthy options! Check it out below. 

safe snacks

When it comes to pet food, vets always reinforce that feed is the best option. That’s because, as it is made especially for the furry ones, it contains all the necessary nutrients, in the right measure. 

But if you want to vary your friend’s diet, don’t worry. There are some healthy options that can be offered as an occasional snack. Who gives the tip is Dr. Ana Paula Sanches Barcelos, the veterinarian.

  • Peeled banana, cut into small pieces; 
  • Boiled potato, without skin and without seasoning; 
  • Broccoli, cooked, without seasoning; 
  • Apple without skin and without seeds; 
  • Strawberry well sanitized and without leaves.
Pug looking pityingly asking for food.

In our stores, you will find several options of snacks, developed especially for the taste of your four-legged child. Look for the nearest unit and pay a visit!