Can Dogs Eat Peanuts?

Can Dogs Eat Peanuts?

Dogs can eat peanuts, but there are important considerations to ensure they are a safe treat. Unlike some nuts that can be toxic to dogs, peanuts are generally safe when consumed in moderation. However, not all peanuts are created equal, and how they are prepared can significantly impact their safety for canine consumption.

Nutritional Value

Peanuts are rich in:

  • Protein: Essential for muscle development and energy.
  • Healthy Fats: Beneficial for coat and skin health.
  • Vitamins B and E: Support metabolic processes and act as antioxidants.


Value per 100g of Peanuts

Small Dogs (1-10 kg) Daily Requirement*

Medium Dogs (11-26 kg) Daily Requirement*

Large Dogs (27+ kg) Daily Requirement*


~567 kcal

200 - 400 kcal

400 - 800 kcal

800 - 1,600 kcal


~25.8 g

25 - 50 g

50 - 75 g

75 - 100 g


~49.2 g

10 - 20 g

20 - 40 g

40 - 80 g


~8.5 g

1.5 - 3 g

3 - 4.5 g

4.5 - 6 g

Vitamin E

~8.33 mg

1 - 2 mg

2 - 4 mg

4 - 8 mg

Niacin (Vitamin B3)

~12.07 mg

4 - 11 mg

11 - 15 mg

15 - 20 mg

*These daily requirements are approximations and can vary based on the dog's specific health, lifestyle, and dietary needs. Consultation with a veterinarian is recommended to tailor dietary plans to individual dogs.

Despite their nutritional benefits, peanuts are high in calories and fat, which means they should be given sparingly to avoid weight gain and related health issues.

Food Suitability

Raw or roasted (unsalted, unflavored) peanuts are the only safe option for dogs. They should be shelled, as the shells can pose a choking risk and cause digestive blockages.

Feeding Instructions

When feeding your dog peanuts, keep the following in mind:

  • Quantity: Limit peanuts to a small number of occasional treats, not a regular part of your dog’s diet.
  • Preparation: Only offer peanuts that are unsalted and unseasoned. The additives and flavors often found on peanuts can be harmful to dogs.
  • Allergies: Just like humans, dogs can be allergic to peanuts. Introduce them slowly and watch for any signs of an allergic reaction, such as coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing, or hives.


While peanuts can be a healthy treat, there are risks associated with feeding them to dogs:

  • Choking Hazard: Whole peanuts can be a choking risk, especially for small dogs.
  • Digestive Issues: The high fat content can lead to stomach upset or more serious conditions like pancreatitis.
  • Aflatoxins: Peanuts can be contaminated with aflatoxins, a type of mold that can be harmful to both dogs and humans.

Allergies and Sensitivities

  • Monitor for symptoms of allergic reactions after feeding your dog peanuts for the first time.
  • Signs include itching, swelling, redness of the skin, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Allergy Testing

It is estimated that up to 40% of all dogs suffer from either a dog food allergy or intolerance. That is why we offer a dog food allergy test. To give you peace of mind when feeding your dog new foods.

Alternatives to Peanuts

If you're looking for safer or healthier alternatives to peanuts for your dog, consider these options:

  • Pumpkin Seeds: Packed with nutrients and can be a crunchy, enjoyable treat when roasted without salt.
  • Carrots: A low-calorie option that's great for your dog's teeth.
  • Apples (without seeds): Provide vitamins and fiber, making them a sweet, crunchy treat.


Can dogs eat peanut butter?

Yes, dogs can eat peanut butter in moderation. However, it should be unsalted, unsweetened, and free from the sweetener xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.

How many peanuts can I give my dog?

The amount depends on your dog's size and overall diet, but a general guideline is a few peanuts for a treat, not exceeding more than 10% of their daily calorie intake.

What should I do if my dog has an allergic reaction to peanuts?

If you suspect an allergic reaction, such as swelling, hives, difficulty breathing, or gastrointestinal upset, stop feeding your dog peanuts immediately and consult a veterinarian.

Portion Sizes (Table Format)

To safely incorporate peanuts into your dog’s diet, use the following guideline based on dog size. Remember, peanuts are high in calories and fat, so they should be given sparingly as an occasional treat rather than a regular part of their diet.

Dog Size

Suggested Portion


1-2 peanuts


3-4 peanuts


5-6 peanuts

These portion sizes aim to provide a treat without risking weight gain or digestive issues. It's also crucial to introduce peanuts gradually into your dog's diet to monitor for any adverse reactions.


Peanuts can be a healthy treat for dogs when given correctly. Choosing unsalted and unseasoned peanuts and feeding them in moderation can make them a safe addition to your dog's diet. Always be mindful of the potential risks, including choking, digestive issues, and allergies. By paying close attention to how your dog responds to peanuts, you can ensure they enjoy this treat without adverse effects. As with any dietary changes or new treats, consulting with a veterinarian is advisable, especially for dogs with preexisting health conditions or specific dietary needs.