If you have been searching around the internet about peanuts being safe for your dog, then the answer to your question is YES. But read on, not because it’s safe it meant you can go all nuts feeding your dog all the peanuts you want. As common knowledge goes, too much of anything is not good. Plus, other nuts are harmful to your dog. But first, let’s talk about peanuts. Peanuts are full of important vitamins and nutrients that are high in vitamins B6 and E, niacin, protein, and healthy fats. Giving them to your dog with the proper and right amount can be a healthy snack for them. Just be sure that you have consulted your veterinarian before giving peanuts to your dog. They can advise you on whether your dog can safely eat them and how much you should give your dog in a serving.
The Safe Peanuts
Peanuts are safe for your dog. But when we say peanuts, it should be pure peanuts. The unsalted ones, no flavor, no shells. Salt consumption for dogs can be harmful and excessive intake may lead to poisoning and dehydration (caused by vomiting and diarrhea). In some cases, high amounts consumed can be fatal. What about Peanut Butter? Peanut Butter is safe as well. But since it is made differently, some of them may contain salt which again, can be harmful to your dog’s health. So always remember that if you want to give a peanut treat to your pet dog, make sure it’s unsalted, preferably dry roasted or raw, unflavored, shells removed, and with the right amount. In that way, your dog gets all the proper vitamins and nutrients from eating peanuts.
The Side Effects
Peanuts may be safe for your dog but be cautious about its side effects. Since peanuts are high in fats and calories, your dog might have a hard time digesting the fats causing an upset stomach, leading to vomiting and diarrhea. Another thing, too much fat consumption can lead to weight gain and may develop a disease called pancreatitis. It is also essential to know that peanuts are allergens and like us, humans, some dogs can develop allergies as well. If you notice any signs of coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing, or other symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately and stop giving peanuts to your dog.
Below are some harmful nuts you should not feed to your dog:
- Almonds – There may be unsalted almonds that can be safe for dogs but giving it to them can be difficult for them to digest which can lead to vomiting and diarrhea. It’s best to not feed them almonds to prevent such things to happen.
- Macadamia – This should never be eaten by dogs as it contains an unknown toxin that can harm your dog causing it to have hyperthermia, depression, muscle weakness, and vomiting. Moreover, with its high-fat content, it can lead your dog to have pancreatitis.
- Cashew – This can be made unroasted and unsalted, but again, with its high-fat content, it can lead to weight gain and pancreatitis.
- Honey-roasted peanuts and salted peanuts – As mentioned awhile ago, flavored peanuts and salted peanuts are a big NO.
The Dangerous Ingredient – XYLITOL
Xylitol is an ingredient you should look out for in peanuts, especially peanut butter. It is a sugar substitute that is commonly found in many foods such as chewing gum, candies, baked goods, and toothpaste. This ingredient can be extremely toxic for your dog that when consumed it can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, and can lead to more serious complications such as liver damage and even death. Thus, it is always important to check labels, the ingredient list of your food before sharing it with your dog.
So, to answer if peanuts are safe for dogs – Yes still stands, but is not that simple. You have to always think first of your dog’s health. Now, how should you give peanuts to your dog with caution? Remember the safe peanuts (unsalted, unflavored, and shells removed). Feed with moderation. If your dog is on a diet to gain weight and can eat safe peanuts without any health complications, then you can feed up to 10% of your dog’s daily calories. But if your dog is not on a diet, then it’s ideal to control your dog’s peanut treats to less than 10%. How about peanut butter? You may want to make your own peanut butter to be safe and have control of the fats and calorie ingredients you are using. And lastly, always ensure that your dog has water to drink to prevent dehydration.