Now that we know some basic facts about peanuts, let's go into details about whether or not it is healthy and safe for a Pomeranian to eat peanuts.
Not only is the answer YES, but it is also healthy and safe for Pomeranians to eat peanut butter.
Let's look at this in more detail and we will also talk about other popular nuts.
Just like the .6 percent of humans that are allergic to peanuts, canines can be allergic as well. While this is just a very small amount of dogs, owners who feed peanuts to their Pomeranians should keep an eye out for any adverse reactions (and this should be done when introducing any new food).
Signs to look out for are: hives, swelling (typically around the eyes and on the face) and itching. Do seek immediate help if your puppy or dog shows a reaction.
But remember, in general and for most dogs, it is safe to eat peanuts.
Pomeranians that have kidney or gall bladder problems should not eat peanuts.
Raw peanuts can have a fungus on them called Aspergillus flavus, which causes a type of poisoning. If you buy raw peanuts, they must be stored in a dry cool area. Obtaining roasted peanuts is the best option as there will be no risk of this.
As will all foods, feeding peanuts to a Pomeranian must be done in moderation and this is especially important because they do contain a high level of fat. Fat is actually a needed component of a healthy diet, however for Poms that are overweight, it is suggested to refrain from giving peanuts as a regular snack.
On the other hand, Poms that are in need of a bit of weight gain can benefit from having a few peanuts each day (along with healthy meat proteins, healthy carbs and veggies).
Don't forget about peanut butter! Many Pomeranians simply love this and it can be amusing to watch a Pom eat it! It can be given off of a spoon or smeared onto a healthy biscuit or dog treat. You may find that your Pom likes peanuts so much that it is the "go to" treat for using as rewards when training.
Remember that when you are rewarding 'good efforts' and 'successes' when training for anything from heeling to socialization to commands, choosing a food that your Pomeranian truly loves will give him or her the incentive to work hard!
For Pomeranians that need to keep busy - usually those that are home alone during the day and may suffer from separation anxiety - filling a Kong with peanut butter can be a great way to keep a Pom occupied for quite a while. Additionally, if your Pom does struggle with Separation Anxiety, you may wish to look to "Toys- Separation Anxiety" in the Pomeranian Specialty Shoppe
for some great ideas that work well.
If you do choose to allow your Pomeranian to eat some peanut butter, it is best to choose an all-natural brand,without a lot of added sugar, salt or preservatives.