What Is Peanuts?
Peanuts are legumes that have been cultivated since ancient times. They were first domesticated in China around 4000 years ago and then spread throughout Asia over the next few centuries. Today they’re grown all over the world including North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Peanut shells contain protein rich hulls of peanuts (peanuts). Peanuts are high in fat and low in fiber. Peanuts are used in many different ways including:
• Powdered or ground into flour to make breads, crackers, cookies and other baked goods.
• Used as a seasoning for meat dishes such as soups and stews.
• Added to cakes, pies, pastries and other desserts.
How Do Dogs Eat Peanuts?
Dogs love nuts! They like them just the way they are. That’s why most pet owners feed their pets peanut butter treats. But it doesn’t mean your dog will be able to eat peanuts out of hand. Here are some things you need to consider before feeding your dog peanut butter:
1) Don’t Feed Your Dog Peanut Butter Treats
It is not recommended that you give your dog any kind of food containing peanuts because these foods may cause severe allergic reactions in dogs. Although dogs can eat peanuts, it is important to note that some are highly allergic to them. In fact, feeding your dog even one peanut could lead to anaphylactic shock.
2) Check the Food Ingredients Before You Buy
Most of the processed foods you buy at the grocery store contain peanuts. It is really difficult to find food for your dog that does not contain peanuts or food ingredients derived from peanuts. The best way is to check the ingredient list on the food package. The Food Allergen Labeling Consumer Protection Act requires food manufacturers to clearly identify if any of the ingredients in a product is derived from peanuts.
3) Never Give Your Dog Raw Peanuts
Never give your dog raw peanuts because these can be contaminated with a dangerous type of fungus known as aflatoxin. This type of mold is toxic and can cause cancer in dogs. In addition, it can also cause vomiting, diarrhea and even liver damage if eaten in large quantities.
4) Buy Dog Treats That Do Not Contain Peanuts
Although it’s difficult to find dog treats without peanuts, some manufacturers produce these types of products. Look for dog treats that are marked as peanut-free or look for foods that do not contain ground nuts or nut oils. However, if you are buying peanuts to make your own dog treats, make sure you roast them well so that they do not contain aflatoxin.
How to Feed Your Dog Peanuts?
Peanuts are one of the best snacks you can give your dog. They’re packed with nutrients and vitamins and will keep your pet busy for quite a while as he tries to crack open the shell! The next time you visit a grocery store, pick up a package of unshelled peanuts and try out the following tips:
1) Always Buy Fresh Peanuts
Always buy fresh peanuts. These are less likely to be contaminated with harmful molds, pesticides or other toxins.
2) Don’t Give Whole Peanuts to Your Dog
Although it’s tempting to just give your dog a whole peanut, these can’t be digested by dogs. In fact, they can get stuck in their throat or windpipe if they try to gulp one down. It is better to roast the peanuts first to make them easier to digest and less likely to get stuck in your dog’s throat. Here’s what you can do:
3) Roast the Peanuts
Roasting the peanuts is the easiest way to prepare these delicious treats for your pet. You can roast the peanuts in an oven or even in a skillet at home. First, wash and clean the raw peanuts thoroughly to get rid of any harmful molds or bacteria. Then place them on a baking tray and place it in the oven set at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes. Take out the tray and stir the peanuts after every five minutes of roasting.
After 20 minutes, the peanuts should be completely roasted and will have a dark brown color. Let them cool and then give one to your dog.
If you’re short on time and want to give your dog a peanut right away, you can also try roasting it in a skillet on the stove-top. Here’s what you should do:
Take a medium sized skillet and place it over medium heat. Pour the peanuts into the skillet and leave them there until they are warm enough for your dog to eat. This should take approximately five minutes. Make sure to stir the peanuts occasionally to ensure even roasting.
You can also sprinkle a little salt over the warm peanuts before feeding them to your dog. This is completely optional though and shouldn’t be done if your dog is on a low-sodium diet.
4) Give Your Dog Peanut Butter
Another tasty way of giving your dog peanuts is to make peanut butter for him. This is very easy to do and can provide a delicious mid-day snack for your pet. Here’s what you should do:
Take one or two cups of unsalted roasted peanuts and place them in a food processor or a high-powered blender. If you’re using a blender, you might need to divide the nuts into half if they don’t fit inside the jar.
Blend the peanuts until they make a fine paste. You can add a little water to facilitate this process.
Once the paste is ready, you can serve it to your dog in his food bowl or place it in a dog treat mold to give it a personalized shape.
If you aren’t planning to use the peanut butter right away, place it in the refrigerator so that it stays fresh. However, never give your dog butter that has come into contact with human food because this may contain toxins or bacteria that can make your pet sick.
5) Feed Your Dog Whole Peanuts
If your dog is old enough to digest whole peanuts, you can give one to him as a treat once in a while. Before feeding a peanut to your dog, make sure it is raw and unsalted. Check the label or ask the vendor whether the peanut is raw or not. Salted peanuts can cause high blood pressure and are extremely harmful for dogs.
Hold a peanut in the middle between your thumb and index finger. Use your other fingers to cover the peanut and exert a gentle pressure on all sides. If the shell cracks, your peanut is fine to eat.
Cut the top of the shell with a knife so that your dog doesn’t have to work too hard while eating it. You can also break the shell completely but make sure that none of the shell pieces are too big as these might choking hazards.
Give one or two peanuts to your dog once every week or two. Too much of it can make him feel sick.
6) Give Your Dog Peanut Butter With Honey
This combination is not only tasty for your dog, but it’s also nutritious and filling, making it the perfect reward for well-behaved dogs. Here’s what you should do:
Take a teaspoon of peanut butter and add a dab of honey to it. Mix the two ingredients until they form a smooth paste.
Serve the paste in a dog treat bowl or any other container that’s small enough for your pet to lap from.
This is a great snack to give to your dog when you come back from work or anytime you want to give him a treat.
While peanut butter is highly nutritious, it is also very caloric so don’t give your dog too much of it. If you want to give your pet some more energy, try mixing it with some honey or serving it together with his usual dry food.
7) Feed Your Dog Cooked Beans
Although beans may be harder for dogs to digest than for humans, cooked beans can make a healthy and nutritious snack for your pet.
Peas and kidney beans are a great source of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals that can keep your dog active and healthy. They can also help him if he is experiencing some digestive problems caused by eating too quickly or swallowing some of his kibble.
Here’s what you need to do:
Soak a cup of dried beans in water overnight. Drain the water the next day and place the beans in a pot with enough fresh water to cover them completely. Bring the water to a boil and then lower the heat and let it simmer for around three to four hours or until the beans become soft.
Cook some chopped onions, carrots and celery in butter for extra flavor.
Once the vegetables are soft, add them to the beans and mash them using a wooden spoon or potato masher.
Allow the mixture to cool down a bit before serving it to your dog.
This nutritious snack should keep your dog full until his next meal. If you want to give him some more energy, try mixing it with gravy.
Beans are healthy for humans and dogs, however, they are only good in moderation. Don’t give your dog too many beans or else he might end up having diarrhea.
8) Feed Your Dog Cooked Oatmeal
Another great snack for dogs is cooked oatmeal. This healthy grain is not only filling but it’s also nutritious and great for your pet’s digestive system. Cooked oatmeal can keep your dog full for around four to five hours and it is very easy to digest, which makes it perfect for dogs with a sensitive stomach.
Here’s what you should do:
Take a cup of water and bring it to a boil in a saucepan.
Add a half a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of brown sugar to the saucepan. Stir until the salt and sugar have dissolved completely.
Take one cup of oatmeal and add it to the saucepan. Stir the mixture until it becomes thick and creamy, this should take around five minutes.
Cool the oatmeal mixture down before feeding it to your dog. Add some chopped bananas or apples for added flavor.
This snack is not only nutritious but it can also be very fun for your pooch.
While dogs can have oatmeal, you should avoid feeding them instant oats or else they may experience diarrhea and other digestive issues.
9) Feed Your Dog Green Beans
Green beans are an excellent and highly nutritious snack for your dog. Not only are they rich in fiber and vitamins, they are also great if your dog suffers from digestive problems or irregular bowel movements.
One of the best things about green beans is that they can keep your dog full for a very long time. They are perfect for dogs that tend to gobble their food quickly and then ask for more a few minutes later.
Green beans can be served to your dog in many different ways. You can either boil them until they become soft or you can give them to him as they are. If you choose to boil the beans, make sure to not overdo it, as this will destroy most of their nutritional value.
Some people like to mix the beans with a small amount of butter or cream before serving them to their pet. This is not only delicious but it also has great health benefits.
Green beans are not just good for dogs, they are also perfect if your cat is put on a diet.
10) Feed Your Dog Eggs
Eggs are great for humans and they are also perfect for our canine friends.
Eggs are a great source of protein and they can keep your dog full for a long period of time. Like most of the foods on our list, eggs are also very healthy and great for their digestion system.
Some dogs may not find eggs very tasty. If this is the case with your pet, you can try mixing the eggs with some unflavored yogurt or milk.
If your dog suffers from a sensitive stomach or motion sickness, you should avoid giving them eggs. This is because eggs contain a large amount of proteins that can easily be converted into energy, which can then lead to excessive vomiting in dogs who have a sensitive stomach.
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