What kind of peanuts can dogs eat?
Unsalted? Check. Fresh? Check. Removed from the shell? Check.
If the peanuts you plan to feed your pooch check all the above points, then they’ll make a tasty occasional treat he’ll enjoy.
Avoid feeding your dog peanuts that are salted or covered with any other type of flavouring as these will wreak havoc with his intestinal tract; as will feeding him peanuts with the shell still on.
Packed with protein, healthy fats, vitamin E and vitamin B-6 peanuts make a protein-rich snack for your pooch but keep portion control in mind; don’t go nuts on the nuts! Keep them for the occasional treat, not a regular meal.
What about peanut butter?
Unsalted, natural peanut butter containing no sugar is generally A’ok for dogs to eat, in fact, one the most classic and popular dog toys, the Kong is often stuffed with dog safe peanut butter. A word of warning, never feed your pup peanut butter with any artificial sweeteners, especially xylitol. Sugar-free peanut butter often contains these artificial sweeteners which are super toxic to dogs. If your in the mood for some DIY, it’s also super simple to make pooch friendly peanut butter! Check out this Peanut Butter recipe from BrownEyedBaker.com with literally just 1 single ingredient: dry roasted peanuts.
Just because peanut butter is generally safe for dogs it certainly doesn’t mean all dogs should eat it. Like humans, some will have an allergic reaction to peanuts and if this is the case with your pooch, avoid peanuts!
An allergic reaction to some foods, including peanuts, can show itself in various physical symptoms including itchy skin with a red underbelly and dry coat, chronic ear infections or pink, inflamed skin around the lips.
These are some signs of a food allergy in general, to determine the cause is definitely peanuts, your veterinarian may perform a saliva test to detect antibodies for common food allergens. This is a non-invasive way to help you quickly identify what exactly is causing the irritation.
Nuts to avoid
Not all nuts are created equal and many have a fat content simply too high to be safe for dogs to eat; including cashews, walnuts and pecans. While these nuts are not ‘toxic’ as a one-off treat, even a small amount of these nuts can push the limit of dogs recommended daily fat intake and result in weight gain and an upset stomach including diarrhoea and vomiting. Over time, if your pooch is consuming too much fat, it can lead to the painful inflammatory condition of pancreatitis.
Your pup may love the taste of almonds but they’re difficult for dogs to ingest which can also lead to gastric intestinal distress.
So, there you have it, the low down on nuts for your pooch! Does your dog enjoy the occasional peanut butter treat?If you’re looking for an extra special tasty, peanutty dog safe treat? Bake him some Pawsome Peanut Biscuits from the My Pupcakes range of delicious and safe bakery treats for dogs. Quick to bake and easy to store, these biscuits are also gluten-free, wheat-free and lovingly blended using natural ingredients.