Is Peanut Butter Good For Dogs?

It’s breakfast time and just when you’ve opened the peanut butter jar, your dog rushes into the Kitchen drooling at the nutty treat.

If you’re a dog owner, you can’t help but give them some peanut butter. I mean, if it’s that hard for humans to resist eating it, what about our canine friends? They go nuts at the sight of it!

Hilarious summer memories are when on a picnic, someone’s dog grabs the sandwiches that are well smeared with peanut butter and immediately takes off. Would you chase after the dog? I bet you answered no.

You could be having a difficult time bathing your dog and opt to use a peanut butter trick to distract them. But do you ever sit and wonder if it is good for the dog?

Just because most peanut butters doesn’t make dogs sick, doesn’t mean it is entirely good for them. Before you pick up a spoon full to share, read this piece of information to help you understand if peanut butter is good for dogs.

How Safe is Peanut Butter For Dogs in 2023

Most peanut butter is safe for dogs as they contain protein, vitamin E and B, niacin, and healthy fats. The healthiest option is unsalted peanut butter or homemade ones, which do not contain high levels of sodium and no additives like sugar that are detrimental to the dog’s health.

However, there are peanut butter products that contain xylitol; a sweetener that is beneficial to humans but poisonous to dogs. Reports reveal that thousands of dogs are accidentally poisoned by Peanut every year.

Brands of Peanut Butter that are Not Safe for Dogs

There are four known peanut butter brands that contain xylitol. You are advised to read the labels carefully. 

Keep the following xylitol-containing brands far away from your dog:

  • Go Nuts, Co.
  • Nuts ‘N More
  • P28
  • Nutella

Creamy or Chunky Peanut Butter: Which One is Safer?

It is advisable to check the texture and consistency of chunky peanut butter. Although the chances are low, some chunky peanut butter may pose a choking hazard, especially to small-sized dogs. In this case, creamy peanut butter is safer for small dogs.

You will need to limit the amount of chunky peanut butter consumed by pets as they contain high levels of calories, thus causing weight problems in dogs.

When distracting your dog, creamy peanut butter is easy to smear, so your dog will be busy licking and wouldn’t notice you are caring for them, be it bathing or trimming their nails.

Is Too Much Peanut Butter Healthy For Dogs?

It is recommended by veterinary doctors that dogs should get at least 10 percent of calories from their daily treats.

According to research from APOP, it is estimated that a healthy adult dog may need 200 to 1350 calories a day. You will need to balance between treat calories and meal calories for your dog. If your dog weighs 55 pounds and eats up to 1100 calories then you should give no more than 110 of those calories in peanut butter. 

Too much peanut butter can result in pancreatitis and obesity. Therefore, small dogs should get no more than half a tablespoon, while adult dogs should get no more than a tablespoon of peanut butter.

The best way to limit the potential negatives of peanut butter is by limiting the consumption rates. You can mix up some homemade natural peanut butter that will be safe for your dog.

Using Peanut Butter To Help Dogs Get Medication

If you’ve medicated a dog before, you must have realized how they quickly spit pills, thus making it difficult for you to medicate.

The trick is to hide pills in something they can easily gulp down without realizing it is just medication. You get a tablespoon of peanut butter and squish the pills just in the middle of it. The point is not to just hide the pills but also to enhance the taste.

If your dog is an “expert pill locator” you will need to use a smarter trick. Use food such as a small piece of bread where you smear peanut butter on one end and put the pill on the other side. Fold the bread like a sandwich and give it to your dog. They will surely eat all of it without knowing something was snuck inside. 

How to Give Your Dog Peanut Butter

You can stuff peanut butter into a food puzzle like a Kong Toy, put some into a bowl, or just scoop it onto your finger.

Peanut butter is well suited for interactive feeders. If your dog wants to extract out every last bit and takes time to do so, then a Kong toy will help your dog feel occupied and entertained for a long time.

Conclusion

Dogs enjoy the taste of peanut butter for the same reasons we humans do. For most dog owners, the information provided herein will guide you in giving your dog the right portions to control weight gain and balance the needed calories.

You are now well informed on what peanut butter is safe for your dog and how you can use it as both a trick and a reward.

As with any treat, moderation is key, so let your dog enjoy some peanut butter, just ensure you do not overdo it.

 

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