Peanuts, in whatever form, are pretty good for humans, and we love them. The nuts contain loads of vitamins B1, B3, and E, which present many health benefits.
Dogs love to eat almost everything they come across and are not the best judges of “what to and what not to eat.” While enjoying some honey-roasted peanuts, they may keep begging you to share. This brings us to the question:
Should You Feed Peanuts to Your Dog?
The answer is Yes! A pet owner may feed their dog peanuts but only in moderation. The peanuts should occasionally come in as part of the meal and should only be served raw and unsalted.
The same is the case for honey-roasted peanuts. One can feed them to their dog in controlled amounts. They’re rich in protein, vitamin E, niacin, and minerals, thus nutritious for dogs.
Negative Effects of Peanuts
The downside is if fed to dogs in large quantities, peanuts can be a significant cause of agony to your furry friend due to their high nut fat content. If a lot is in your dog’s diet, the fat is enough to cause Pancreatitis and gastroenteritis.
Additionally, when eating peanuts roasted with honey, your pup is at risk of being exposed to xylitol, a common type of sugar substitute used commercially. It can be poisonous to dogs, even if taken in small amounts. Small breed dogs are most prone to xylitol poisoning because of their low body weight and mass.
Signs and symptoms to watch out for include loss of coordination, vomiting, lethargy, loss of appetite, increased thirst, urination, and sometimes, even death.
If your dog has Pancreatitis, it may have symptoms that seem mild and harmless at the initial stages but can quickly prove fatal. To avert this, be quick to call and visit the vet when you notice any of the above symptoms.
Besides the fat, honey has a lot of sugar that can increase the sugar level in a dog and even cause obesity. It can be hazardous to a dog that is already diabetic or suffers from obesity.
Verdict: To Eat Peanuts Or Not?
Peanuts contain several nutrients, from vitamins and protein to healthy fats. The components make them a perfect source of nutrients for your pup. They also contain dietary fiber, which boosts your dog’s digestive system.
However, excessive fat and fiber are not advisable for your dog. Serve peanuts sparingly and space the calendar too.
You must remember to remove the shells of the peanuts before letting your fur baby have them. These are hard to digest and could increase the chances of various digestive problems.
If your dog has eaten peanuts, you should look for any of the following reactions: diarrhea, vomiting, and decreased appetite.
Contact your vet as soon as you notice such reactions. Better yet, consult your vet before feeding the nuts to your dog. They can advise whether it is safe based on your dog’s weight, age, breed, and underlying health conditions.