Figuring out what foods are ok for your dog and what aren’t is complicated. Can dogs have honey roasted peanuts or are they dangerous, for example? This is essentially a combination of a couple of different foods you need to worry about – honey and peanuts. Additionally, the peanuts are roasted and aren’t raw which further complicates things as does the fact that dogs can have peanut allergies just like people.
So, can dogs eat honey-roasted peanuts? If so – how much and under what circumstances? Let’s go over these questions below.
Can Dogs Have Honey-Roasted Peanuts?
They usually can but only in very small quantities. Most dogs will find honey roasted peanuts delicious and a great snack, however, there’s really no nutritional benefits your dog can get out of this food. Additionally, honey roasted peanuts are so full of calories, sugar, salt, and fat that giving your dog such a snack regularly is a fast track toward obesity.
Are Peanuts Bad For Dogs?
If your main worry is “Are peanuts toxic to dogs?!” then you can rest assured that they aren’t. After all, it’s a relatively well-known fact that dogs can eat peanut butter.
However, there is a caveat to that. Raw and unsalted peanuts are safe for dogs and are even rich on proteins, niacin, and Vitamins E and B-6. As such, peanuts actually have some interesting health benefits. For example, they reduce bad cholesterol and can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Salted and roasted peanuts, however, not only lose a lot of their healthy properties but also introduce a lot of unnecessary sodium (salt) in your dog’s system. Giving your dog too much salt not only drastically increases the risk of heart disease but it has also been linked with a high risk of gastric cancer as well as various kidney problems and the development of kidney stones.
So, while raw peanuts aren’t that bad for dogs, roasted peanuts really aren’t healthy in any way.
Is Honey Safe For Dogs?
The second part of the equation is honey. Fortunately, honey is safe for dogs and isn’t toxic for them in any way. And, as with people, honey does have a few health benefits for dogs due to the vitamins and minerals it contains.
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However, honey is also very high in sugar which can wreak havoc in your dog’s body if too much honey is ingested. Eating too much sugar can lead to diabetes, obesity, and a lot of other undesirable problems.
So, even if roasted peanuts were a phenomenal dog snack, the presence of honey alone is reason enough to limit your dog’s access to honey roasted peanuts.
As a side note, you should never give your dog raw honey, especially if your dog is immune-compromised or is still just a pup. That’s because raw honey can introduce botulism spores into your dog’s system. Botulism can lead to a lot of nasty problems including paralysis.
Do Honey Roasted Peanuts Have Any Health Benefits For Dogs?
Now that we’re aware of the risks, let’s go over the health benefits of honey roasted peanuts – there are none, really. It can be argued that the vitamins and minerals are still worth it if the peanuts are dry-roasted and left unsalted. However, even then the health benefits won’t really be worth all the extra calories, sugar, and fat. Not to mention that your dog won’t find dry-roasted and unsalted peanuts as delicious.
So, the only “health benefits” you can realistically expect from this snack are if you manage to use it to get your pooch to exercise more.
Do Dogs Have Peanut Allergies?
Dogs can have a peanut allergy, just like people sometimes do. Fortunately, peanut allergy in dogs rarely leads to severe consequences from just a single peanut. So, this gives you the freedom to “test” your dog if you want. Just give your pooch a single small and raw peanut at first and wait a while to see what happens. The initial symptoms of peanut allergy in dogs include:
- Skin redness that can lead to bald patches
- Paw biting
- Face rubbing
- Head shakes
If you don’t observe any symptoms, try with a second peanut. If even after a few peanuts, your dog hasn’t displayed any symptoms, it almost certainly doesn’t have a peanut allergy. However, if you see any symptoms, you should stop giving your pooch peanuts and go to the vet immediately.
All in all, knowing whether your dog is allergic to peanuts or nuts overall is helpful. However, just avoiding peanuts altogether is arguably an even better solution regardless of whether your dog is allergic or not.
Can Dogs Have Honey-Roasted Peanuts As A Training Treat?
Assuming that the dog has no peanut allergy and won’t be troubled with a bit of extra sugar, salt, and fat – yes, a few honey roasted peanuts can be used as a training treat. Just make sure to keep them as a high-value and rare type of treat, not as something you give every day for every little thing. Instead, you should have a couple of other, more common and healthier treats for smaller occasions. Honey roasted peanuts should be kept as the holy grail of treats – something you give only once or twice a week at most.
Can Dogs Have Honey-Roasted Peanuts Every Day?
That’s definitely ill-advised. Hypothetically, if your dog is in excellent health and is of a large breed such as a Labrador, then a couple of honey roasted peanuts a day shouldn’t be a major issue. Still, it’s just not necessary considering that there are many other healthier treats that dogs also love.
So, Can Dogs Have Honey Roasted Peanuts Safely and In Moderation?
They can, as long as they are not allergic to peanuts. And, if the dog is absolutely in love with this treat, you can use it for training, as long as it’s in moderation. However, the “in moderation” bit is key here as honey roasted peanuts are fairly unhealthy and don’t have any substantial nutritional value.