It is well known that dogs love peanut butter but, since it is made from peanuts, for many dog owners it is not clear if this is a food that our dogs can eat or not.
Can dogs eat peanut butter?
YES, dogs can eat peanuts. It is nutrient dense thanks to its high levels of fat and protein, and vitamins B and E and niacin, making peanut butter a perfectly acceptable treat for your dog.
But as peanut butter is high in fats, can be difficult for dogs to digest, so it should be given in moderation. A couple of treats a week will be fine for him.
How to offer your dog peanut butter?
You can use it as a filler for interactive toys combined with kibble.
Veterinarians recommend peanut butter for administering medication, such as pills or vitamins that your dog does not like to taste.
You can offer it by adding a small amount to a recipe you make for them or as a reward for good behavior.
There is no recommended amount, but with a teaspoon in the case of small dogs and a tablespoon for large dogs, it will be more than enough.
Precautions about giving peanut butter to your dog
Creamy peanut butter: It is safer to feed creamy peanut butter. Although crunchy may seem harmless, the small pieces of peanuts in the butter are a potential choking hazard for your dog.
Organic: If you are using peanut butter on a regular basis as a treat for your furry friend, it is best if it is organic, as regular peanut butter has high amounts of sodium that are not safe for regular consumption.
When offering peanut butter to your dog, try to use unsalted or homemade varieties without added sugar and additives whenever possible.
Avoid xylitol: be sure to read the peanut butter label very closely. Among its ingredients, they started using a sugar substitute known as xylitol.
This is an artificial sweetener used in sweets and desserts that is very toxic for dogs. Even in small amounts it can be foul.
Peanut butter warning for dogs
You should add it to your dog’s diet gradually and watch for symptoms or discomfort.
Like us, some dogs may be allergic to peanuts, just as some others may not be able to digest or process the nuts. These food allergies can cause symptoms such as skin irritation or hair loss.
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