Can I Give My Dog Butter?

Can I Give My Dog Butter?Butter is a dairy product. This classic condiment, or cooking ingredient, is made from churning milk. There is also a heavy cream version. Either way, it’s questionable for dogs.

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Too much consumption of butter will eventually lead to health problems for your dog. It’s true that saturated fat is less concerning for canines, but this condiment should still be restricted.

But butter is not toxic for animals. You don’t need to worry yourself if your dog has eaten a bit. That said, we do not recommend frequently adding this dairy product to meals.

Can My Dog Have Butter? Answer: Not Recommended

A little amount if fine on occasion. But avoid sharing if you have an overweight pet or one that’s in poor health.

Regularly feeding your dog butter is not a good idea. You don’t need to be alarmed about a small amount of butter. Just watch what you routinely put into your dog’s recipes. Butter, lard and other types of saturated fats when fed in excess are bad for dogs over the long term.

Always avoid giving your dog trans fats!

K9 Cholesterol Levels

Dogs can also have cholesterol problems, although it’s less common for them compared to humans.

In any case, what causes cholesterol levels to go up is usually increased intake of fatty foods. An increase in production of cholesterol is associated with kidney diseases.

Butter won’t help if your dog has diabetes or an inflamed pancreas. In fact, it could contribute to such  serious conditions.

It is especially important to withhold butter if your dog is pregnant. High cholesterol is unhealthy during a pregnancy.

The Short Term Effects

Excessive gas, stomachache, diarrhea or constipation are the main near-term concerns.

Avoid giving foods high in fat (that certainly includes butter) if you’re worried about your dog experiencing such side effects.

What About Margarine?

The most popular alternative to butter is margarine. This option is even worse due to the unnatural chemical ingredients.

Margarine also has lots of trans fat which is definitely not something your dog should be consuming.

Diet For Healthy Dogs

Some oils are healthy for your dog’s diet so some quality butters may be given in very small amounts. However, it depends on the overall health of your dog.

Canines utilize proteins, carbohydrates, fats (like omega-3), fruits and fiber in that order. Meat is a priority and fruits are secondary if necessary at all.

If you cannot provide your dog with these foods then it is probably a good idea to keep them on a good store-bought dog food.

Conclusion on Butter

Butter comes from milk and many canines are lactose intolerance to some degree. Yet the biggest problem with butter is the saturated fat. While your dog may not appear affected by butter, avoid serving foods containing too much of it. Obviously, never allow your dog to get at a stick of pure butter.

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Dr. Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a practicing vet, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares about the welfare of all animals.


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