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Are Peanuts Okay for Dogs?You’re probably reading this because you gave your dog a handful of peanuts and wondered if they’re actually safe; like the good hooman you are.
Breathe easy; peanuts are doggo safe. Well……kind of.
Hold on, let me explain.
Why are peanuts kind of safe? According to the American Kennel Club, peanuts are rich in protein, vitamin B-6, niacin, and healthy fats. Thus, peanuts are a healthy snack for your furry, four-legged friend. But there is a caveat to this.
The AKC says dry-roasted (or raw), unsalted peanuts are safe for doggos. However, (and here is the well kind of part of the answer) salted, honey-roasted, and other flavored nuts are unsafe.
What About Peanut Butter?
(oh, please god say peanut butter is safe)
Easy, I have an answer for that too. 1-800-Petmeds says that peanut butter is safe………
(oof, dodged a bullet there)
…….as long as it does not have xylitol in it.
Relax, xylitol is a sugar-alcohol used as a sweetener. Just make sure your bottle doesn’t have this ingredient and you’re good.
(runs to the pantry to check their peanut butter)
With all this information it is important that you understand the risks of feeding your dog some of these no-nos.
Salted peanuts contain high amounts of sodium, which is what makes them harmful. Larry J. Thompson, DVM, PhD, DABVT, says that significant quantities of sodium “can lead to the condition known as salt poisoning, salt toxicity, hypernatremia, or water deprivation–sodium ion intoxication.”
The high fat content can also have negative effects as it can cause digestive issues and even pancreatitis. What all this says is that moderation is key when feeding your dog peanuts. The AKC says to limit your doggo’s peanut intake to a few at a time and to not use them as an everyday treat.