A dog with an unsure expression looking at boiled peanuts, indicating caution for dog consumption.

Can Dogs Eat Boiled Peanuts?

No, dogs should not eat boiled peanuts. While peanuts themselves are not toxic to dogs, boiled peanuts are often cooked with salt and spices that can be harmful. Additionally, the shells can pose a choking hazard and cause digestive issues.

A photo of Stefan Stumpfl, the co-author of this article.

By Stefan Stumpfl, in collaboration with Dr. Ali Raza.

Updated on Jul 3, 2024

Did You Know?

Although peanuts are not toxic to dogs, the high fat and salt content in boiled peanuts can lead to health issues if consumed in large quantities.

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Benefits and Risks of Boiled Peanuts

Boiled peanuts don't offer significant nutritional benefits to dogs. They can be high in fat and calories, leading to weight gain and pancreatitis if consumed in large quantities. The salt and spices found in many boiled peanuts can cause sodium ion poisoning and other health issues, making them a risky choice for your furry friend.

What Parts of Boiled Peanuts Are Safe/Unsafe?

  • Unsafe:
    • Salt and spices: These are often harmful to dogs.
    • Shells: Can be a choking hazard and cause digestive problems.

Other Products Containing Peanuts?

Peanuts can be found in many household products, but they aren't always safe for dogs:

  • Peanut butter: Often safe if unsalted and sugar-free, especially xylitol-free.
  • Baked goods: Can contain added sugars and toxic ingredients like chocolate.
  • Snack mixes: Usually high in salt and spices, posing risks.

How to Feed Peanuts to Your Dog?

If you want to give peanuts, stick to plain, unsalted, and unprocessed peanuts. Here’s how:

  1. Remove the shell: Always.
  2. Moderation: Only a few peanuts occasionally.
  3. Check for allergies: Introduce slowly and watch for any reactions.

What If Your Dog Reacts Badly to Boiled Peanuts?

If your dog shows signs of distress after eating boiled peanuts—like vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy—stop feeding them immediately. Contact your vet right away for advice and care.

Safer Alternatives to Boiled Peanuts

Here are safer snack options that dogs can enjoy:

  • Carrot sticks: Crunchy and low in calories.
  • Apple slices: Remove seeds and core.
  • Blueberries: Packed with antioxidants and dog-safe.


Boiled peanuts are not suitable for dogs due to added salt, spices, and potential choking hazards. It's best to stick with plain, unsalted peanuts in moderation if you want to share a nutty treat with your pooch. Always consult your vet before introducing new foods to ensure they're safe and beneficial.