Dogs love peanut butter like we love our dogs! It is a staple healthy treat for many dogs and we don't think we've ever met a dog who did love peanut butter. However, with so many new health food trends popping up everywhere, almonds have also become very popular. Whether whole or ground into almond butter, are you wondering if your dog can have almonds?
Just like peanut butter, dogs can have almonds as a healthy treat. Almonds are non-toxic to dogs, so your pup can enjoy these nutritious nuts, in moderation of course, without any serious issues!
Let's take a look at how to feed your dog almonds and what the health benefits are.
Signs of a Dog Liking Almonds
Almonds are packed full of healthy vitamins, minerals, and the good kind of fat that is great for your dog's overall health and wellness. Many dogs love the flavor of almonds just as much as they love peanuts, but some dogs will not like it as much. Many dogs are quite picky about what they like, so it will depend on your own dog's preferences.
It is likely, though, that your dog is going to love nutty and crunchy almonds and many dogs will be fine with eating whole almonds as a snack. If they do not like the whole almond or if it is hard for them to chew, you can also try chopping them up a bit and mix it into their meals.
If your dog likes almonds, you can tell right away by certain signs and body language signals. Signs your dog likes almonds may include them wagging their tails and/or pacing around the kitchen waiting for more. They will also likely be looking alert, raising their ears, barking, whining, or cryng for more, licking their lips, and even drooling. Some dog will also intently stare and you and the food you have as they are waiting for more!
History of Almonds and Dogs
Almonds have a long and rich history all throughout the world. Almonds have been around since about 4,000 BCE and were most commonly grown along the Mediterranean Sea. Throughout history, there have been many mentions and references to almonds, particularly in religious Hebrew texts from 2,000 BCE. We also see mentions of almonds in Turkey, Romania, and the Baltic Peninsula and King Tut even tool almonds to his tomb in 1,352 BC!
Almonds began being used in a wider variety of ways as time went on as well. Arab cultures would use almonds to make almond milk and they would also grind them into meal for different recipes. Many years later in the 1850's in California, almonds became one of the biggest crops that were planted and harvested in the state and the entire United States. Today, most of the country's almond supply is grown and picked in California.
Many dog owners claim their dogs like almonds just as much as peanuts and peanut butter. Some dogs even prefer the taste of almond butter! Although it will depend on your dog's personal preferences, including almonds in their food is a great way to add different nutrients, vitamins, and minerals in their overall diet.
Science Behind Dogs and Almonds
Almonds provide a wide range of nutritional benefits for your dog. Although they are nutritionally similar to peanuts, there are some differences that may put almonds above peanuts in some cases.
Almonds contain essential vitamins that are necessary for your dog's health and make them as healthy as possible. Almonds have high levels vitamin B3 to help keep your dog's fur and skin healthy, strong, and shiny and also supports the liver and the eyes.
Almonds also have tons of vitamin E, even more so than peanut butter, which helps remove harmful free radicals from your dog's cells and increases the function of their immune system. Almonds also have calcium to keep your dog's bones and joints healthy and strong and has phosphorous and magnesium that also help with strong bones.
Training Dogs to Eat Almonds
If you are going to give your dog almonds for their health benefits, you must make sure you are doing it in the proper, healthy way. Even though almonds are so good for your dog, they are high in fat and calories, so you need to limit their almond intake.
If your dog is eating too many calories and too much fat, and also not exercising enough, they are going to gain weight, which can lead to many health problems. Try to limit the amount they eat to once or twice a week and only give them a small palm full. If you have a smaller dog, you may even want to reduce this amount even more.
You can also talk to your vet to get an exact amount of how much almonds they should eat and how often.
Your dog may like to eat the whole almond, but many dogs are not fond of eating almonds whole. They can be a little too hard for some dogs to chew, in particular, small dogs and older dogs. If you have one of those dogs, you can try to grind or chop up the almonds into small pieces and then mix it into their meals.
They also make a great addition to homemade dog treats. All you have to do is take your dog's favorite dog treat recipe and add in some chopped almond into the dough or batter. This will give the treats an extra nutritional punch, but also give the treats a nutty and crunchy texture your dog is really going to love.
By a Samoyed lover Kayla Costanzo
Published: 04/20/2018, edited: 04/06/2020