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Can Dogs Eat Almonds?

Can Dogs Eat Almonds?

Almonds, like many nuts, are a healthy, nutritious snack for human beings. They've got lots of great nutritional qualities, plus they're known to help keep you feeling full, which is ideal if you're on a diet. But just because they're good for people doesn't necessarily mean they're good for dogs, so let's go ahead and explore the question at hand - can dogs eat almonds?

CAN DOGS EAT ALMONDS?

Unfortunately we have to recommend that your dog not eat almonds. If she gets her paws on one or two, it probably won't be an issue, but the reality is that almonds are just not a food that's good for dogs on a number of different levels. 

If you're wondering about almond butter, that's a little bit more nuanced, and we'll go into it below.

ARE ALMONDS GOOD FOR DOGS?

While almonds do have lots of nutrients in them, including fiber, protein, magnesium and vitamin E, they also have a lot of fat - way too much for dogs. 

Beyond that issue, there is also the risk of choking and intestinal blockage. For larger breeds this isn't as much of a concern, but if a small dog eat almonds they can get stuck in its throat, esophagus, and even intestines. This can be extremely serious and require emergency surgery. Without that treatment, an almond can unfortunately be fatal. If your dog manages to eat an almond or two off the floor, keep an eye on him and make sure to call your vet immediately if you notice any signs that anything may be wrong.

Finally, some dogs simply have issues digesting almonds, so they can lead to gastrointestinal issues.

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RISKS OF GIVING ALMONDS TO DOGS

As mentioned, almonds are extremely high in fat. The biggest risk from that is that your dog can develop pancreatitis, which is a serious condition. Even in small quantities, almonds can cause gastric issues and problems with your dog's digestive system.

Even worse than raw almonds are those that are flavored. As with any nuts, if they are served salted, the salt is definitely bad for your pup. Even worse are candied almonds, which are extremely high in sugar (or worse, the artificial sweetener Xylitol, which is very dangerous for dogs), or almonds dipped in chocolate, which is toxic for dogs. Stay away from anything sweet or salty when it comes to your pup.

CAN DOGS EAT ALMOND BUTTER?

What about almond butter? While almond butter is a bit better than whole almonds because it does not present the same choking hazard, it's nonetheless full of fat just as almonds are. For that reason, we recommend against giving your dog almond butter, though very small amounts shouldn't cause any issues.

You might be wondering why we recommend avoiding almond butter when its close cousin peanut butter is a common doggy snack. The answer is twofold - first, peanut butter is a bit lower in fat, and second, dogs don't have the same digestive issues with peanuts that some do with almonds.

SO CAN DOGS EAT ALMONDS?

Unfortunately we recommend that you stay away from almonds when picking snacks for your pup. There are just too many potential issues and too many other wonderful things in the world to feed them. 

If you're looking for a substitute for almonds, grab that jar of peanut butter. It's got a lot of the same nutritional value, and while it is relatively high in fat, it has less than almond butter does. Finally, dogs in general are more likely to be able to digest peanuts and peanut butter than almonds and almond butter.

Can Dogs Eat Peanuts?

Can Dogs Eat Peanuts?

Here at Cooper's Treats, we love peanuts, peanut butter, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and peanut brittle. There's something about the flavor of a peanut that's just so satisfying and makes it go perfectly with everything from chocolate to jelly. Our dogs would always love to get a lick of that peanut butter or a peanut or two from the floor, so today we're going to ask if that's safe - can dogs eat peanuts?

CAN DOGS EAT PEANUTS (AND PEANUT BUTTER)?

For the most part, yes, dogs can eat peanuts. As you might guess, dogs can also eat peanut butter. But it's nonetheless important to understand that while peanut butter is a common snack, it (along with peanuts themselves) does come with some risks and should be given to dogs responsibly. Unlike many other nuts, though, peanuts are not directly toxic to dogs.

ARE PEANUTS GOOD FOR DOGS?

Peanuts have a number of health benefits for dogs. First of all, they're high in protein. Beyond that, they have both vitamin B-6 and vitament E, along with niacin and healthy fats.

Peanut butter is much of the same - it's definitely a snack that packs a serious nutritional punch for your dog (though of course as with all snacks, it should only be a small part of your dog's diet and should be accompanied by nutritious meals).

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RISKS OF GIVING PEANUTS TO DOGS

We mentioned above that peanuts have healthy fats, which are good. Unfortunately, even those good fats can turn bad if you overdo it. Too much fat can lead to pancreatitis, which is a serious condition for dogs. It bears repeating that just because peanuts and peanut butter make great snacks for dogs doesn't mean they replace a healthy, balanced diet.

The other thing to be aware of when feeding your dog peanuts or peanut butter is what else they're prepared with. When it comes to peanuts, while most of us love ours salted, you probably know that salt isn't good for dogs (or humans, but we can handle it better than our pups), so make sure you go for plain peanuts. And of course things like honey roasted peanuts are definitely out of the question.

Checking the ingredients is doubly important when it comes to peanut butter. The biggest thing to look out for on the label is an artificial sweetener called xylitol. Even small amounts of xylitol can be very dangerous for dogs, so stay far away from it. Beyond that, you should avoid anything that's labeled with "natural sweeteners" or "sugar alcohol" as these can both refer to xylitol. 

And of course beyond xylitol, you should be looking out for the usual suspects - don't get peanut butter with salt or sugar in it. Flavored peanut butters are always going to be questionable, and naturally you should avoid anything involving peanut butter paired with chocolate.

SO CAN DOGS EAT PEANUTS?

Dogs can definitely eat peanuts, and they can definitely eat peanut butter. The key is to make sure that you keep it simple. Peanuts should be plain - they can be raw or roasted, but no salt, no honey, no sugar, just peanuts. The same goes for peanut butter - it should just be peanuts ground up without anything added to it (especially xylitol - we can't stress that enough).

Just remember that even though peanuts are perfectly fine for your dog, they are very high in fat, so make sure you serve them in moderation.

Can Dogs Eat Bread?

Can Dogs Eat Bread?

Bread is, in our humble opinion here at Cooper's Treats, the best. It's one of humanity's great culinary creations, and there's no wonder it's a staple in diets around the world. But while bread is fantastic for humans, can you give bread to dogs?

CAN DOGS EAT BREAD?

Unless there are any allergies that would make bread problematic, it's generally fine to feed it to your dog. That said, bread obviously comprises a very wide range of food from white bread to banana bread to cinnamon raisin toast, so the real answer is that it very much depends on the type of bread you're giving to your dog. And of course, as with all snacks, bread should only be given to your dog as part of a well-rounded diet.

IS BREAD GOOD FOR DOGS?

 

Unfortunately bread isn't particularly good for dogs. If you choose a whole-grain bread that's made with high-quality ingredients, then you will have some vitamins, nutrients and fiber than can make it a decent snack. A loaf of white bread, though, isn't good for dogs at all. It's high in sugar, full of carbs and will often lead to minor stomach issues like gas if eaten in significant quantities.

That doesn't mean that you can't ever give it to them - a few pieces every now and again as a treat is fine if part of a balanced diet. Still, there are lots of better snacks that your pup will enjoy just as much, so typically it makes sense to keep bread consumption to a minimum.

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RISKS OF GIVING BREAD TO DOGS

One big risk that many people are unaware of is that for those who like to bake their own bread at home, giving dough to your dog is an absolute no-no. Your bread dough will rise inside of your dog's stomach, and the yeast in it will release ethanol, which can cause alcohol poisoning. If your dog has eaten your freshly made bread dough, call your vet right away.

The other potential issue with bread dough is bloat. If you're not familiar with bloat, it's a very dangerous condition of the stomach that almost always leads to death in dogs. 

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR WHEN GIVING BREAD TO DOGS

The ingredients in bread are key. Breads with high sugar and salt content are obviously problematic, while those with lots of fiber are better. 

It's important never to forget that some breads have ingredients that make them downright dangerous. If your banana bread has chocolate chips in it, it needs to stay away from Fluffy at all costs. Similarly, some sweet types of bread contain the artificial sweetener Xylitol, which is toxic to dogs. If your bread has any kind of peanut butter in it, beware - peanut butter often contains Xylitol as well. You should also keep an eye out for raisins (which are particularly dangerous to some dogs, even if they only eat a handful of them), onions, garlic and some dangerous nuts that may be in your bread.

One thing we should note is that there is a somewhat common misconception that if your dog has an upset stomach that some plain bread is a good solution (likely because as humans we often eat some plain toast when recovering from a stomach bug). In general, it's better to give your dog plain, boiled chicken and a bit of rice than bread. And, of course, if you're not sure then it's always better to err on the side of calling your vet.

SO CAN DOGS EAT BREAD?

They definitely can, but it's not what we would call a nutritionally sound snack (unlike our excellent and healthy Pupsicle Mix!). You also have to be vigilant about what's in your bread - if you get used to giving your dog pieces of bread here and there, it's easy enough to tear off a little piece of garlic bread and forget that the garlic is dangerous for your pup. In our opinion, it's better to stay away from bread and stick to fruits, veggies and meats.