Did you know that macadamia nuts are poisonous to dogs?

Macadamia nuts, also known as Queensland or Australian nuts, are a common ingredient in sweet and savoury recipes, raw food treats and home-baked goods. Macadamia nuts are rich in nutrients and beneficial plant compounds, but unfortunately are toxic to dogs. As they are commonly found in many households, the Animal Poisons Helpline is frequently contacted about dogs that have ingested them.

Dogs that ingest macadamia nuts can become lethargic, begin vomiting and may develop tremors, unsteadiness on their feet and leg weakness (especially in the back legs). Joint and muscle pain, as well as high body temperature have also been reported in dogs following the ingestions of macadamia nuts. In addition to this, dogs that ingest large quantities of macadamia nuts have a remote risk of developing pancreatitis and gastrointestinal obstruction.

Whilst macadamia nut poisoning in dogs is not generally regarded as being life-threatening, early supportive veterinary treatment can reduce the risk of poisoning and provide symptomatic relief for any signs that occur. Whilst ensuring the wellbeing of your poisoned pet is paramount, veterinary care for poisoning can often be costly. Pet insurance provides the peace of mind and protection in the event that your pet eats something it should not have. The Animal Poisons Helpline is proudly sponsored by Bow Wow Meow Pet Insurance, who are currently offering two months free pet insurance in the first year of coverage for Helpline followers. Visit for more info and enter promo code AP368 at checkout to take advantage of this offer.

If your pet has ingested something they should not have, please phone the Animal Poisons Helpline for advice. The Animal Poisons Helpline provides free advice to pet owners in Australia and New Zealand and can be reached on ☎️ 1300 869 738 (AU) or 0800 869 738 (NZ).