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Like any dog lover, you want to keep your fur baby safe. Knowing which foods dogs can eat is one of the most important ways to do that. Lots of foods are safe, but some can be complicated and even dangerous. Nuts are one of those complicated foods. So, with that in mind, can dogs eat peanuts?

Yes, dogs can eat peanuts. But keep reading! There are a few things you should know before you start shelling them out.

How Can Dogs Have Peanuts?

Because they are not considered toxic, dogs can have peanuts in moderation. A few nuts here and there should be safe for your pup, but you shouldn’t give peanuts as a daily treat as they have a high fat concentration.

You can give your dog dry roasted or raw peanuts. Either way, make sure they are unsalted and unflavored, as some additives could harm your dog’s health. Be sure to remove any parts of the shell, too. Peanut shells are choking hazards and can also lead to intestinal blockages.

Before giving your dog any new foods, talk with your veterinarian. They will have the best advice for your pet’s needs.

Try making your own peanut butter

We all know dogs love peanut butter! Homemade peanut butter is one of the best ways to give your dogs their peanut fix with a fun, stimulating treat.

Using unsalted peanuts to make nut butter can also help you avoid harmful substances in store-bought jars, like xylitol and other artificial sweeteners.

Are Peanuts Good for Dogs?

According to the American Kennel Club, peanuts can provide a few nutritional benefits for your dog, including:3

●      Niacin

●      Protein

●      Vitamin B6

●      Vitamin E

Peanuts shouldn’t be a main source of these nutrients in your dog’s diet, though. Too much of a good thing doesn’t always mean better.

When Are Peanuts Bad for Dogs?

Just because peanuts aren’t toxic, that doesn’t always mean your fur baby should eat them.

Remember when we said any peanuts you give your dog should be unsalted and unflavored? Salted or flavored peanuts, like honey roasted peanuts, can lead to issues like salt poisoning and water retention. Salt poisoning can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures.4

Peanuts are also high in fat. Many dogs have issues digesting high-fat foods which could cause stomach and bowel problems. If your dog has high-fat foods too often, they could develop pancreatitis.5 Pancreatitis is a potentially life-threatening condition and requires immediate veterinary attention.

You should also avoid peanuts if your dog is overweight, on a special diet, or has kidney issues.6

Peanuts: Not All They’re Cracked Up To Be

Peanuts and dogs are usually a safe mix but remember peanuts can still be hazardous. Keep them just as an occasional treat and don’t overdo it. Again, talk with your vet before you give your dog any human foods, peanuts and peanut butter included.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking all nuts are safe for dogs, either. It’s best to avoid almonds, and macadamia nuts are also very toxic for dogs.

If you’re worried about your dog eating something they shouldn’t and the emergency vet trips that can follow, consider a dog insurance policy with MetLife Pet Insurance.1 Pet insurance may help cover the costs of emergency trips like poisoning and foreign object ingestion.2 Learn how pet insurance works, and see if it’s right for you.

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.

1 Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.

2 Provided all terms of the policy are met. Application is subject to underwriting review and approval. Like most insurance policies, insurance policies issued by IAIC and MetGen contain certain deductibles, co-insurance, exclusions, exceptions, reductions, limitations, and terms for keeping them in force. For costs, complete details of coverage and exclusions, and a listing of approved states, please contact MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC.

3 ”Can Dogs Eat Peanuts?,” American Kennel Club

4 ”Salt Is Toxic to Pets,” Pet Poison Helpline

5Pancreatitis in Dogs – Symptoms, Causes & Treatment,” American Kennel Club

6Can Dogs Eat Peanuts?,” Fetch by WebMD