Peanuts: Can Dogs Eat Them?

Girl feeding pet dog peanut butter on living room floor

Yes is the quick answer. Unlike other nuts, peanuts are not hazardous to dogs. As with any new food, it's best to introduce it to your dog gradually so you can see whether he has an allergy or has difficulty digesting it.

What Kind of Peanuts Are Safe for My Dog?

Moderation is essential in everything. Dogs may safely consume a few peanuts. Peanuts and peanut butter can provide your dog with a good dose of protein and healthy fats. Dogs, on the other hand, have a harder problem digesting fat. Vomiting, diarrhea, weariness, and inappetence are all symptoms of a high fat content un the stomach.

If you're going to feed your dog peanuts, make sure they're unflavored, unsalted, and raw, boiled, or dry roasted. You should also avoid offering children peanuts in their shells. When consumed, the shells can be a choking danger and cause inflammation.

What Kind of Peanut Butter Is Safe for My Dog?

Although most brands of peanut butter are suitable for dogs, not all varieties of peanut butter are. Peanut butter and peanut butter dog treats, like peanuts, should be used in moderation as part of a healthy balanced diet. For a nutritious snack, spread some peanut butter on an apple.

Warning

Some varieties of peanut butter include a chemical called xylitol, which is poisonous to dogs and may be lethal even in little doses. Always read the label before giving your dog peanut butter, and avoid giving them any if the ingredients mention xylitol. You should also avoid mixing peanut butter and chocolate.

Peanut butter without xylitol or chocolate is a wonderful treat and most dogs love it. Here are some tips on how to use peanut butter for dogs

  • Medication: When medicating your dog, hide it in a small amount of delicious peanut butter
  • Enrichment: Spread some in a puzzle toy like a kong. This will provide your dog with enrichment and will help to keep them entertained for a while. You can even freeze your puzzle toys to make it more difficult for the dog. 
  • Distraction: Since many dogs love peanut butter, it can be a high value treat to help make the dog feel more comfortable and create positive associations with experiences many dogs do not enjoy, such as nail trims and baths. For example, spreading some peanut butter on the tile in the tub for your dog to lick off. 

What Is Xylitol? 

Xylitol is a sugar replacement that is made from a naturally occurring chemical. It is a sugar alcohol that may be found in berries, plums, corn, oats, mushrooms, lettuce, trees, and other foods. It's found in a variety of chewing gums, mints, toothpaste, and peanut butter. While xylitol is safe for humans to consume, it is very poisonous to dogs. In dogs, even little doses of xylitol can result in hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure, and death. If you believe your pet has consumed xylitol-containing products, contact your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline (800-213-6680) right away.

Can Dogs Have Peanut Allergies?

Just like humans, dogs can have peanut allergies too. Although peanut allergies are uncommon in dogs, it is still good to be aware of symptoms. 

Allergies can range from moderate to severe. Red and itchy skin, excessive licking of the skin, bald areas, excitement, and, in extreme cases, difficulties breathing are all symptoms of an allergic response.

In conclusion, dogs can be given peanuts as a treat as long as they are fresh, unshelled, and unsalted. If it's your dog's first time eating peanuts, start with a small amount to observe how he reacts.

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