Since dogs can eat peanut butter without any cause for concern, we tend to think they can have all other nuts as well. However, not all nuts are safe for dogs to eat. In fact, some nuts, like hazelnuts, are toxic for dogs to consume.
Are cashews safe for dogs to eat? The short answer is yes, they are safe for dogs to eat as long as they are given in moderation and as an occasional treat.
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Signs of a Dog Liking Cashews
If you'd like to include cashews in your dog's diet, one of the best ways incorporate them is by baking the cashews into some dog treats. This can help disguise the taste and texture of the cashew if that is why your dog doesn't like the nut. Alternatively, you can also grind or crush the nut so the whole cashew is not running throughout the homemade treats.
However, some dogs may really enjoy eating cashews just as they are in their whole form! If your dog does enjoy munching on these crunchy nuts, they will quickly let you know that they enjoy them. Typically, your dog will eat them without any hesitation. Signs they like cashews may include them wagging their tails in excitement or pacing around the kitchen waiting for more. They will also likely be looking alert like they are anticipating more treats to be given, raising their ears in interest, or even barking at you, demanding for more!
- Wag tail
- Raise ears
- Lip licking
- Play bowing
- Patiently Waiting in Front of You for More
- Pawing at You
- Acting on Their Best Behavior
History of Cashews and Dogs
After the cashew nut was brought over to India, the nut was not just enjoyed as a delicious snack, but they also used the cashew in their medical practices. To this day, cashews are used in India as a rejuvenator, stimulator, hair tonic, source of energy, and to aid in sexual health.
Although we may not have any recorded history of the cashew nut being used specifically on and for dogs, we can assume that ancient cultures and medical practices may have used cashews as a source of food for domesticated dogs and as a way to help prevent or treat some illnesses dogs may have faced.
Science Behind Dogs and Cashews
Cashews also contain a ton of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for your dog and they will keep their coat shiny, healthy, and strong. It will help keep flakey and dry skin healthy and moisturized as well. Cashews will also make your dog's fur coat thick and healthy.
Vitamin K contained in cashews is wonderful for both humans and dogs. Vitamin K is often considered a super vitamin because it is a fat-solvent vitamin the is essential to your dog's body. Vitamin K can assist in bringing calcium to your dog's bone and teeth to make them healthier and stronger. Therefore, this vitamin can help prevent osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and some other types of blood diseases. To top it all off, vitamin K can ward off heart disease and cancers of the prostate and liver.
Lastly, cashews contain many trace minerals that are essential to your dog's body and keeping it functioning at full capacity. Some of these are:
- Calcium and phosphorous: good for blood coagulation, bone formation, and nerve impulse transmission.
- Copper: beneficial in the creation of red blood cells, the formation of collagen, and absorption of iron.
- Magnesium: helps with absorption of vitamins and calcium, helping develop strong bones, healthy eyes, and healthy skin.
- Iron: helping create hemoglobin and enzyme development.
Training Dogs to Like Cashews
To make a delicious cashew dog treat, all you need are a few simple and wholesome ingredients to whip up something they will love.
You will need:
- 2 cups oat flour
- 3/4 cup chopped raw cashews
- 1 cup chopped apple
- 1 can (16 oz) of unsweetened pumpkin puree or unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cups of stock (veggie, chicken, beef, bone, etc.)
- Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and mix until well combined. If your mixture is too dry, add more stock. If it is too wet you can also add some more oat flour to dry out the mixture more.
- Use a tablespoon to scoop the dough and form the dough into balls. Place the dough balls on a sprayed baking sheet or wax paper. You can flatten the mixture with your fingers into a round cookie shape or keep them in balls. Alternatively, you can make the treats into mini treats and use a heaping teaspoon of the mixture.
- Bake for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. If you make the mini-sized treats, check for doneness after 30 minutes. The dough should bounce right back when you press it with your finger.
Safety Tips for Feeding Your Dog Cashews
Chop up the nut into smaller pieces so your dog doesn't choke.
Make sure they are not allergic to cashews.
Don't give your dog too many cashews as they are high in fat and calories.