Unfortunately, the consensus is probably not. While almonds aren’t necessary toxic, they’re nonetheless candidates for the list of foods it’s best for dogs to avoid (that list also includes walnuts, macadamia nuts, onions, grapes, raisins and chocolate). Even if the almonds in your kitchen are not the seasoned/toasted variety, it’s best to play it safe and not share them with your dog.

While rightfully touted as a healthful alternative for human consumption, almonds pose too many potential safety risks for dogs. These include:

1. Choking hazards. Although in general, dogs are equipped to chew food in much the same way as humans, they don’t “nibble” almonds like we do. They’re more likely to swallow them whole. So there’s a chance that a nut can become lodged in their windpipe; smaller-sized dogs are especially at risk.

2. “Snacking” almonds are often heavily salted…

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