Can Dogs Eat Chestnuts?

By | October 25, 2017

Are you thinking of expanding your dog’s diet to include chestnuts? Well, here are a few things you need to know first.  Can dogs eat chestnuts?  Short answer: yes.  But there are a few catches that are worth knowing.

Can dogs eat chestnuts

The simplest of answers would be, yes. We already know chestnuts are super healthy to humans, chestnuts are rich in omega fats and fiber, among other energy-giving foods. So, by extension chestnuts are really good for dogs.
But here’s the catch.

Dogs can eat chestnuts, but you should probably consider feeding them in small portions, especially if the starch count in their diet is high. To understand this, and chestnuts in general better, let’s consider how humans pair up with chestnuts.

Chestnuts Nutritional Information

Chestnuts have very high fiber content. 100g of chestnuts contains a whole 3g of fiber, which is even higher than that found in walnuts. We all know fiber keeps us full and energized, as it slightly raises our blood sugar levels. We also know chestnuts are a healthier ‘’quick fix’’ to hunger attacks and sugar cravings, compared to other sugary foods.
Chestnuts are also rich in omega fatty acids. Nutrition 101 dictates that omega fatty acids keep our hearts and blood vessels healthy, improves memory and contributes to our overall mood. These benefits are hard to ignore, and that’s where food components like chestnuts come in.  Here’s more on chestnut nutrition.


What about Chestnuts for Dogs?

We’ve already established that chestnuts are not poisonous to dogs. However, if you are going to give them chestnuts, keep the portions small, but also not too paltry. There is no scientific standard of measure for this, but just don’t let them fill up on chestnuts.
Dogs, unlike humans, do not have the ability to digest starch along their digestive tract. Having large portions could lead to severe diarrhea, of which could lead to abdominal pains or even pancreatitis in severe cases if urgent medical care is not available fast.
What types of chestnuts should you not give dogs?
Grilled and salted. Salt in itself is not good for dogs. Combining salt with a high fiber and fatty foods does more harm than good. Nuts of all kinds are known to have a very high nutritional value to people, probably the reason why most dog owners choose not to feed nuts to dogs.


How Should You Feed Chestnuts to dogs?

The easiest way to feed chestnuts to dogs is to grind them up, form a paste and mix it with regular food. Be sure to peel off the shell to avoid suffocation. Ideally, you can use a blending machine to even out your grind. That should make it easier to chew and swallow.


Winding up:  Can Dogs Eat Chestnuts

Chestnuts are a great source of healthy omega fatty acids and fiber for dogs. However, large portions will ruin your furry friend’s day. In fact, some nuts you should avoid completely include hazelnuts, pine nuts, tiger nuts, juniper berries and cream nuts, among several others.
Most nuts are very high in fat content. Even though the fat content can be negligible to the average human being, same case does not apply to dogs. The precious creatures do not process fat the same way we do.
So, next time you include chestnuts in your dog’s diet, be sure to do that in teeny tiny bits.