Can Dog Eat Peanut Butter?
There is no question that dogs love the peanut butter, but you may have wondered if it is actually good (or bad) for them. In fact, it is an ingredient in lot of commercial dog treats. Peanut butter can be used in puzzle feeders or as a treat to make bath time or nail trims less stressful. It can also be spread on chew toys for teething puppies or used for giving medications to your puppy.
From health perspective, however, there are few peanut butter facts you need to be aware of before you let your furry buddy lick the jar clean.
Whether speaking to new or seasoned dog parents, often asked question is “Can dogs eat peanut butter?”. The answer is that regular peanut butter is safe to give your but in moderation. In moderation, peanut butter can be an excellent source of protein and healthy fats, vitamin B and E and niacin. Unsalted peanut butter, dog specified peanut butter or homemade peanut butter are the best options as high sodium levels can be dangerous for dogs.
How Much Is Too Much Peanut Butter for your Dog?
- Peanut butter is a calorie grenade for dogs. It is high in fats and calories but comparatively poorer in nutrients. This is the most obvious reason why you can’t give your dog as he wants.
- The first and most reliable option is to call your Vet and ask his/her advice. Not more than 10% of your dog’s total calories should come from treats. So peanut butter should should be given as treat.
- For some medication, only a pea-sized amount of peanut butter will do.
- Peanut butter does not provide a balanced source of nutrients as it is mostly fat. So feeding excessive amounts may do more harm than good for an under-nourished dog.
- Most peanut butter is safe but some can be toxic because some peanut butter contain xylitol, a sugar substitute found in lower or sugar free products. Xylitol is the only ingredient in peanut butter that is bad for dogs.
- If your dog consumes a product containing xylitol, they can experience a rapid drop in blood sugar, diarrhea, seizures, liver failure and even death.
- You may find ingredients that are listed as Xyl-1,4-anhydro-D-xylitol, xylite, anhydroxylitol, D-xylitol and Xylitylglucoside. These are just a few of the common examples of ingredients containing xylitol.
- Make a habit of checking not only peanut butter labels but also of pet foods, treats, pet medications and anything that you give to your dog.
- If your dog accidentally consumes a product that contains xylitol, take your dog to Vet immediately.
- You can attempt to raise their blood sugar by rubbing corn or maple syrup or something sweet on their gums but this is a temporary solution.
Although, it is rare but some dogs can develop peanut allergies. If your dog is allergic to peanuts, eating peanut butter may trigger a hypersensitive reaction. Your dog could develop symptoms such as:
- Severe itching
- Swelling around eyes or muzzle
- Hair loss
- Hives on any part of dog’s body
- Excessive greasy hair coat
- rapid or Difficult Breathing
Allergic reactions to prevent butter can be mild but its not always obvious how serious the reaction is, so you should always contact your Vet if you start noticing any usual signs.
These dogs should not eat peanut butter
- Those dogs which are already overweight should not eat peanut butter because peanut butter is high in fats and calories and poorer in nutrients. Peanut butter does not provide a balanced source of nutrients. It is mostly fat.
- Dogs, with kidney problems, should not eat as it can have a high salt content. So it is not suitable for them.