Butter is a fatty substance often made with fresh cows milk (and sometimes sheep, goat, buffalo, and other mammals as well) or heavy cream and is usually used as a spread, condiment, or a cooking ingredient.
Butter can be unhealthy if you use to much or if you high cholesterol is an issue in your overall health. However, butter contains vitamins, protects against tooth decay, and more. Making it some what healthy if eaten in an appropriate dosage per day. Although there are benefits there are risks when a person consumes to much butter like blocked arteries and heart disease.
Animals can also have butter in moderation. Some vets also believe animal fat (butter) can help with skin allergies in dogs, but again in small dosages since dogs can get over-weight and can have high cholesterol, just like people. Cats however may not be able to handle butter like dogs since they are mostly carnivores.
Can My Dog Have Butter? Not Recommended.
Whether or not your dog can have butter will depend on his overall health. If your dog is overweight its probably a good idea to have him on a special diet.
Feeding your dog leftovers may seem like a good idea but be sure to watch what you put into the foods. To much oil (butter, lard, etc.) could be bad for your dog causing gas, stomachache, diarrhea, or even constipation. Think of the risks butter has on you and think back to your dog. As the dog’s owner it is up to you to feed them the best that you can.
Cholesterol Levels In Dogs
Like people dogs can have cholesterol problems. What causes the cholesterol levels to go up in dogs is an increased absorption of cholesterol, especially after the pet has been given fatty foods, an increase in production of cholesterol (usually from certain types of kidney disease), a decreased clearance of cholesterol where the thyroid gland and adrenal glands do not function properly, if the dog has diabetes, has an inflamed pancreas, or if the bile ducts have an obstruction. If your dog is pregnant you should also watch what she eats since she can easily get high cholesterol.
Just like people dogs inherit their parents genes so if the parent of your dog had high cholesterol they could have it to. So if you are worried about your pet you may want to hold off on giving your dog anything with a high fat content, including butter.
Foods That Can Be Fed To Dogs In Moderation
Some melons, like watermelon and cantaloupe, can be given to your dog, shelled and unsalted sunflower seeds, peanut butter, fresh and frozen berries, cooked chicken, cheese, bananas, apple slices, baby carrots, and green beans.
Dogs are not garbage disposals and certain foods or to much of a particular food can make your dog sick. There are many people who think they can give a dog anything they want to and the dog will be fine.
Foods That Should Be Avoided
Some dog owners may think it is funny to give their dog alcohol, but it can be dangerous to a dog’s health causing coma and even death. Other foods to avoid are avocados, bones from meat sources like chicken and fish, cat food, foods with caffeine (like chocolate and coffee), fat trimmings, fish, grapes and raisins, macadamia nuts, moldy or spoiled foods, mushrooms, onions and garlic, pits from fruits like peaches and plums, raw eggs, raw meats, string, foods with a high sugar content, yeast dough, and artificial sweeteners.
These foods can be crucial to your dog’s health and well-being. Especially the foods that you yourself should not eat. Like raw meat and eggs since it can contain bacteria that can make both human and dogs sick.
A Diet For A Healthy Dog
Some oils are healthy for your dog’s diet so butter may be given in small amounts, however it will also depend on your dog’s health. Dogs need five foods for a healthy diet which is proteins, carbohydrates, fats (like omega-3), fruits, and fiber. If you cannot provide your dog with all of these foods then it is probably a good idea to keep the on the store bought dog food. Just know what to look for.
Many people are now cooking for their dogs instead of purchasing foods out of a can and bag. This could be a healthier alternative but if you do not know what you are doing you can easily case your dog more harm. You should also know how much of a food group your pet needs and what foods should be limited.