Can Dogs Eat Peanuts?

Dogs Can Eat Peanuts!

can-dogs-eat-peanutsWhile many nuts are harmful to dogs, since peanuts are not actually nuts they are safe to eat Peanuts as is Peanut Butter. The peanut, or groundnut (Arachis hypogaea), is a bean or seed found in the legume family.

While some people maybe allergic to peanuts, it doens’t seem any dogs are. Most dogs appear to have no reactions to peanuts, and we all know how much dogs love peanut butter and how many peanut butter flavored treats there are for dogs in the market. However with any new food, start your dog off with a moderate portion to ensure that there are no allergies or intolerances to the food.

While canned Peanuts are fine for dogs, the best would be plain pealed peanuts.  Any flavorings, salt, sugar and fat in processed peanuts can result to medical problems or upset stomaches if the dog ingests large quantities.

Note also that dogs’ teeth are not designed for fine grinding like human back teeth are. Like many things your dogs gulps down, whole peanuts are likely to be swallowed in large chunks. This could lead to constipation if your dog eats a lot of peanuts in one sitting.

Peanuts are a great source of protein but note that this people food is high in calories, so don’t over do the portions if your dog is older, more sedentary or has to sit in a crate all day while you are at work.

Make sure that you shell your dogs peanuts. While they are not harmful or poisonous and other than dietary fiber, peanut shells offer virtually no nutritional value eating them could cause intestinal issues or constipation.