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Many human foods pose a danger to our dogs. Unfortunately, macadamia nuts are incredibly dangerous for our canine companions. It only takes a little bit of exposure to create a negative reaction in your pup. Keep reading to learn the signs of macadamia nut poisoning in dogs so you can get them fast help should they need it:

Signs of Macadamia Nut Poisoning in Dogs

It is very important to keep an eye on your dog whenever nuts are present. Whether you are baking a nutty dessert or just setting out a snack, it only takes a second for your dog to ingest these dangerous nuts. If you notice any of the following, your dog could have come into contact with the nuts:

Within 3-6 Hours of Ingestion

  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Fever

Within 6-12 Hours of Ingestion

  • Difficulty walking
  • Trouble with the rear limbs
  • Stiffness in the joints
  • Muscle tremors

If your dog has ingested any part of a macadamia nut, it is important to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.

The Dangers of Nut Exposure

While macadamia nuts are toxic to all dogs, small to mid-sized breeds will have strong reactions to small amounts of exposure. Small, mid-sized, and obese dogs are more susceptible to conditions like pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). If not caught early, pancreatitis could lead to other serious health issues like diabetes mellitus, or a bile duct obstruction, which is a serious condition that requires veterinary intervention.

Treatment for Macadamia Nut Poisoning

Dogs that get fast veterinary care can be expected to make a full recovery within a few days. If you even suspect that your dog has ingested some macadamia nuts, it is important to schedule a visit with your veterinarian as soon as possible. Once your veterinarian has determined the severity of the toxicity, he or she can make a treatment plan to get your pets back to normal as soon as possible. 

At Sky Canyon Animal Hospital, we are here to help your pets live their best lives. From wellness and prevention to surgery and low-cost vaccines, we provide the services you and your pet need. To learn more, please call (951) 461-4100.