Can Dogs Eat Peanuts?

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With peanut butter being a common way to sneak your pup his medicine, it’s often assumed that peanuts would be safe for dogs, as well. And while they’re not considered toxic for dogs, the kinds of peanuts you allow your dog to eat can play an important factor in his overall health.

Are Peanuts Safe for My Dog to Eat?

According to the American Kennel Club, peanuts are packed with protein, vitamin B-6, vitamin E, niacin, and healthy fats. However, dogs often have a difficult time digesting too much fat, which can sometimes lead to pancreatitis – inflammation of the pancreas – if your pup isn’t limited in the amount he eats. This is why it’s important to allow your dog to eat peanuts only in moderation, and only when the peanuts are unsalted, unshelled, and unflavored, as the high level of sodium can be harmful when ingested in large quantities. If you’re snacking on some regular, salted peanuts, and your pup eats a few dropped ones on the floor, then you shouldn’t worry, but if he eats too many, he could get sick.

Zoë Butler
Author: Zoë Butler

Content Writer for DogFriendly.com.

Zoë Butler
Author: Zoë Butler

Content Writer for DogFriendly.com.

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