Can Dogs Really Eat Peanuts?

Posted by Christy Caplan
Dog Eats Peanuts

Are peanuts safe for dogs to eat? You'd think the answer is yes, but it's not that easy. Salty peanuts are simply not good for your dog!

The American Kennel Club (AKC) tells us that peanuts are loaded with protein, vitamin B-6, vitamin E, niacin, and healthy fats.

"This means that peanuts and peanut butter offer your dogs a protein-rich snack that they can't get enough of. There are, however, some risks associated with both peanuts and peanut butter."

Dry-roasted (or raw), unsalted peanuts are the only peanuts that are actually safe for dogs to eat.

What types of peanuts are safe?

A few peanuts are safe! Peanuts and peanut butter can be an excellent source of protein and healthy fats for your dog. There are risks and every pet parent should understand that salty peanuts are not a snack you want to feed your dog.

The AKC explains that "salted peanuts contain more sodium than your dog needs and can be harmful to his health if ingested in large quantities, so it is best to avoid feeding salted peanuts to dogs."

Peanuts also contain a ton of fat, which can upset the digestive system and cause pancreatitis if your dog eats things like peanuts on a regular basis or in large quantities.

What about peanut butter?

Homemade peanut butter allows owners to control the amount of oil and sodium that goes into the recipe, and it also eliminates the growing risk of xylitol poisoning. Many peanut butter brands still contain Xylitol ,so pet owners need to be vigilant when they check the labels.

Almond butter is a much better alternative.

Can dogs have peanut allergies?

Dogster tells us:

"Dogs don't tend to experience peanut allergies as frequently or as violently as humans do, but those food allergies do exist. Peanuts do contain more fat than is usually good for dogs, so a few peanuts should be okay, but proceed with caution"

Your dog could have an allergic reaction, so be sure to observe their behavior after an unsalted peanut. Also, be sure the peanut butter you choose doesn't have any artificial sweetener or sugar substitute.

Peanuts have high fat content, so they should be an occasional treat. Small dogs should be given just one or two; You don't want to overwhelm their digestive system.

All nuts can be a choking hazard. Dog owners need to carefully observe their dogs after they give any type of human food. Dogs may have an upset stomach and tummy upset so a rule of thumb is everything in moderation.

Does your dog love peanuts?  Please leave us a comment below!

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