When you get a pet dog, there’s so much you have to learn about taking care of him. Some of the most important things to learn about your new furry friend are how much exercise to give him, what food to feed him regularly, and how often he should go to the vet for flea and tick treatments like NexGard. Another important thing to learn about your dog is which treats and human food you can give him, in order to keep him both happy and healthy.
One of the most popular human foods that people give to their dogs is peanut butter (or just the peanuts). But are peanuts actually good for your dogs? Read on to learn more about whether you should feed your dog peanuts and if so, the best ways to give them to him.
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The Way to Give Your Dog Peanuts Safely
Luckily, peanuts in their most natural form are safe for dogs. They are packed with vitamin B-6, vitamin E, niacin and healthy fats, which means they can nourish your dog with nutrients he needs. When you give your dog peanuts, make sure they are either raw or dry roasted. You should also make sure that if you give your dog peanut butter, it’s completely natural with nothing but ground peanuts. Instead of giving your pup peanut butter you buy at the grocery store, it’s better for him if you make peanut butter at home. Try only giving your dog peanuts and peanut butter in moderation, however. Using it as an occasional treat is a good way to ensure your pup continues to enjoy it — and also a way to ensure that he doesn’t consume too much fat, which can cause health complications like pancreatitis.
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Unhealthy Ways to Give Your Dogs Peanuts
While raw, natural peanuts and peanut butter are perfectly safe for dogs, you should never feed your dog salted peanuts. You should also avoid feeding your dog flavored peanuts, like honey roasted. All of the additives in those types of peanuts and peanut butters can cause harm to your pup, especially xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is very toxic to dogs, and it’s also one commonly used in peanut butters particularly those labeled with “natural sweetener” or “sugar alcohol.” If you accidentally feed peanut butter with xylitol to your dogs, take him to the vet immediately to avoid seizures, liver failure and more. Before you give your dogs peanuts, make sure you take them out of their shells first. Dogs can get peanut shells stuck in their throats and choke and peanut shells are also not good for a dog’s digestive system. Finally, try not to feed peanuts or peanut butter to your dog daily. Dogs (and their bodies) appreciate eating peanut products in moderation.
Having a dog is a lot of fun, but it can take a lot of work and learning to ensure you keep him healthy and happy. One of the most important steps is learning what food you can and cannot give him. Luckily, peanuts are a healthy human food to give a dog if fed the right way. Try giving your furry friend some peanuts every once in a while as a treat and he’ll be one happy, nourished pup!