You might be giving your dog peanut butter flavored dog treats already, because dogs love peanut butter. Since peanut butter is made from peanuts, most of us think they are safe for dogs. They are rich in protein, vitamin B-6, healthy fats, niacin and vitamin E. However, not all peanuts are safe for dogs and there are some risks associated with them.
What types of peanuts should dogs eat?
Dry-roasted, unsalted peanuts are the only peanuts that dogs should really eat. Peanuts that dogs shouldn’t eat are salted, flavored and raw peanuts. Salted peanuts contain more sodium than your dog needs, so they can be harmful to his health and by feeding your dog raw peanuts you are risking aflatoxin ingestion. But the good news is that peanuts are not toxic for dogs!
How Many Peanuts Can My Dog Have?
Because peanuts contain high levels of fat, they can cause upset stomach, digestion problems and even pancreatitis (vomiting, diarrhea lack of appetite, dehydration, and stomach pain) if your dog eats them in large quantities. We recommend you limit your dog’s peanut intake to just a few peanuts (4-5), and don’t feed them as a treat every day. If you have concerns or questions about feeding your dog peanuts, discuss them with your veterinarian, who is familiar with your dog’s health and nutrition.