What are the dangers of letting my dog eat macadamia nuts?
Macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs. Although they are around all year long, and in different forms, they’re often (especially around holiday time) included in chocolate candy.
Err on the safe side, and don’t let your dog have any at all, because you just won’t know what kind of reaction your dog will have. Sensitivity levels vary among dogs, as does the amount of nuts needed to cause a toxic reaction.
Toxicity symptoms can develop within 12 hours after ingestion. The most common presenting sign is weakness, especially in the hind legs, and inability to walk. Other signs include vomiting, staggering gait, depression, tremors and elevated body temperature (hyperthermia).
CHOCOLATE AND MACADAMIA NUTS
Since it is pretty common for these two to go together, it’s important to also talk about chocolate toxicity. Chocolate is one of the most hazardous foods to your dog. It contains natural stimulants, such as caffeine and theobromine that affect the dog’s heart and central nervous system—and the darker the chocolate, the more dangerous.
The most common symptoms of chocolate poisoning are vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness and hyperactivity. Other signs include excessive panting, increased urination, lethargy, increased thirst, irregular heartbeat, high body temperature and muscle tremors. As the poison progresses, it can lead to death caused by cardiac arrhythmias and seizures. Most symptoms will show within two hours but sometimes it can be within 24 hours.
A lot of dog owners usually don’t know how lethal it can be to their dogs, but if they’re aware it will help prevent their pets from being victims of poisoning. Owners should always keep the chocolate foods and other harmful items away from dogs by putting them inside the top cabinet or refrigerator. Be extra observant around the holiday seasons when chocolates are placed anywhere that dogs can have access; also be mindful that holiday gifts are often wrapped in glitzy paper and ribbons, triggering curiosity which then leads to ingestion.