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Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter? 3 Important Things to Look Out For

You see it in movies, but have you ever thought ‘can dogs eat peanut butter?’ Actually, yes! Dogs can eat peanut butter. But in moderation, of course. You can bake treats with peanut butter, spread it on your pup’s lick mat, even freeze peanut butter for a delicious frozen treat. If you are looking into peanut butter treats, look for some that are specifically marketed for dogs since those products are formulated by animal nutritionists. Before you treat your pup to some tasty peanut butter recipes, here are 3 important things to look out for. 

Check the ingredients

As long dogs are treated to regular peanut butter, then it is ok for them to have some. But what is regular peanut butter? Brands that label their product with only peanuts and salt are safe but anything with sugar in it, make sure it doesn’t have Xylitol. As many pet parents know, Xylitol is very toxic to pets. Steer clear of any peanut butter brands that advertise Xylitol, preservatives, hydrogenated vegetable oils, and added sugar in their products. Unsalted peanut butter being the best kind to treat your pet to. 

Give in moderation

The amount of peanut butter your pet can have will depend on the size of your dog. Consult your veterinarian or veterinary nutritionist when it comes to serving sizes or pet nutrition. The rule of thumb goes: no more than 10% of the pet’s daily calories should come from treats/snacks. Peanut butter does contain fats that, if given too much of, can be too much fat for dogs. Especially dogs on a weight loss journey. However, in small doses, peanut butter is an excellent source of protein, vitamins B and E, and niacin.  

Other forms are safe

Whether it is crunchy or smooth, regular peanut butter is safe to give your dog as a treat. Wonder if pets can have PB&J sandwiches? Actually, yes, they can! A taste of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich can be a safe and tasty treat for a dog. Consider offering a corner or bite of your sandwich instead of the whole thing. This should be given as a treat and not a full meal. And always look out for the ingredients. Anything with Xylitol is extremely harmful.

  • Skippy peanut butter
  • Peter Pan brand PB
  • Jif peanut butter
  • Nuts ‘n More
  • Krush Nutrition
  • Go Nuts Co
  • Amazon brand/Happy Belly PB

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