You probably already know that chocolate and grapes should not be fed to dogs. But what about another great snack: peanuts? Peanuts are not only tasty, they’re also high in nutrients such as protein and vitamins B6 and E.
Could you share your favourite treat with your favourite pooch and not fear an impromptu visit to the vet later on? Keep reading to find out if dogs can eat peanuts and whether or not peanut butter is a good idea for your four-legged friend.
Can dogs eat peanuts?
Yes, in small amounts. Although peanuts are not toxic to dogs and your pet can enjoy their nutritional benefits when fed occasionally, peanuts can also be potentially unsafe for dogs in particular instances. For example, you should avoid salted or flavoured peanuts or any with a chocolate coating. The best peanuts to feed a dog are unsalted, dry-roasted or raw peanuts (without the shells), ideally offered sparingly as a small treat.
It’s always a good idea to talk to your vet before feeding your dog any human foods. Asking for specialist advice for your particular dog can go a long way towards avoiding unusual reactions including potential allergies or gastrointestinal issues.
How to feed peanuts to your dog
As with any human food you intend to feed your dog, simple is best. Unsalted peanuts might not be your first choice, but for dogs, that’s exactly how snacks should be: free from any seasoning and flavourings. Make sure you remove the shells as these can be a choking hazard. You can also minimise the risk of choking by crushing the peanuts instead of offering them whole.
Another good tip is to offer only a few peanuts every now and then. Even if your dog loves them, daily servings are not ideal and they can quickly nudge your dog’s calorie count over the limit.
Can dogs eat peanut butter?
Yes, dogs can eat peanut butter, but it’s important to check the label before spoiling your dog with this delicious treat as added ingredients could be harmful for them. For example, xylitol, a sugar substitute, is extremely toxic for dogs and can sometimes be found in peanut butter. So always avoid foods containing this product. The key is to make sure your dog’s snack is safe as well as tasty!
How can dogs have peanut butter in a safe way?
If you’ve got a dog with a soft spot for peanut butter, here’s how to make sure your pup doesn’t miss out on their favourite treat while avoiding unwanted health consequences:
Can dogs have an allergic reaction to peanuts?
Allergic reactions to peanuts are not only reserved to humans. Dogs may suffer them too, although they’re quite rare in the canine world. Here are the signs of peanut allergy you should be watching out for:
- Trouble breathing
- Itchy skin
- Skin swelling
Allergic reactions can be mild, but in rare cases they may be more severe. Unfortunately, it’s not always obvious how serious the reaction is, so you should always contact your vet if you start noticing any unusual signs.
Peanuts are a great treat for us humans, and with a few necessary precautions, they can make a tasty snack for our dogs too. If you want to know more about healthy dog treats, or read more about whether it is safe for dogs to eat coconut.