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No, dogs should not eat hazelnuts. Although hazelnuts themselves are not toxic to dogs, there are some risks involved with feeding this food to your dog. Hazelnuts have nutritional benefits, but due to their size they can be a choking hazard for dogs, especially smaller breeds. They also can sometimes contain fungal toxins (mycotoxins) that can cause severe illness in dogs.

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Caution: This food is generally considered risky by the veterinary community. Dogs should not eat this food and should be monitored for adverse effects.

Food Safety Generally safe in moderation (1 to 2 nuts at a time). However, they can pose choking risks and risk of mycotoxicity.
Nutritional Issues High in fat content, may contain mycotoxins
Potential Risks Choking or intestinal obstruction (when swallowed whole), pancreatitis, weight gain, other gastrointestinal issues that result in vomiting or diarrhea, neurological symptoms from mycotoxin ingestion
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Many Hazelnuts Are Safe for Dogs?

A few hazelnuts can be given to your dog occasionally. The safe amount of hazelnuts for your dog depends on factors such as its age, size, and health.

How to Feed Hazelnuts to Dogs?

If you want to add hazelnuts to your dog’s diet for their nutritional benefits, it is best to chop them up and sprinkle it on their regular meals. This way you can reduce the risk of choking. However, due to the risk of pancreatitis and mycotoxins, it is best to avoid giving your dog this food.

Actions to Take If Dog Has Eaten Hazelnuts

If your dog only ate 1 or 2 hazelnuts they should be fine. However if they ate more than a few, monitor them for symptoms such as lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, and tremors and if noted hav them seen immediately at the veterinarian.

Signs of Mycotoxin Ingestion

  • Hyperthermia
  • Salivation
  • Vomiting
  • Ataxia
  • Tachycardia
  • Muscle fasciculation
  • Tremors
  • Seizures

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Salted hazelnuts are not toxic to dogs but the high sodium content in them means it is best to avoid giving them to your dog. Too much salt can cause sodium toxicosis in dogs.

  • The most popular hazelnut spread on the market is Nutella. You should never give Nutella to your dog as it is a chocolate and hazelnut spread. Chocolate is highly toxic to dogs and should be kept away from them.

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About the Writer
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.