Can I Give My Dog Butter?

Can I Give My Dog Butter?Butter is a fatty substance typically made with fresh cows’ milk. There’s also a heavy cream version of butter which is often used as a spread condiment or a cooking ingredient. Dog’s probably shouldn’t be eating any version of it but let’s find out more.

Butter can be very unhealthy especially if high cholesterol is an issue. Using excessive amounts can lead to blocked arteries and heart disease. However, butter does contain some vitamins and may be somewhat healthy when consumed in moderation. So what does this mean for your dog?

Though controversial, animals may also have butter in moderation. Some vets believe animal fat, butter included, can help with canine skin allergies. We are skeptical about it. Certainly its consumption must be in very small amounts since dogs are also prone to obesity and high cholesterol.

Can My Dog Have Butter? Answer: Not Recommended

Think of the risks butter has for you and your own health, then consider your dog!

But it really depends on your dog’s overall health. Generally, if your dog is overweight or has other health problems, feeding them butter is definitely not a good idea.

Often your dog will end up consuming some butter as a byproduct of leftovers. For this reason, be mindful of what you put into your recipes. Too much oil (ie. butter, lard, etc.) could be bad for your dog and cause gas, stomachache, diarrhea or constipation.

Avoid giving your dog trans fat where ever possible.

K9 Cholesterol Levels

Like people, dogs can have cholesterol problems although it’s uncommon to significantly affect them. What causes cholesterol levels to go up in dogs is usually increased intake of fatty foods. An increase in production of cholesterol is associated with certain types of kidney disease.

If your dog has diabetes, an inflamed pancreas, or if the bile ducts have an obstruction, butter certainly won’t help and could have contributed to such conditions. Further, if your dog is pregnant, withhold butter since high cholesterol is unhealthy during pregnancy.

Just like people, dogs inherit their parents’ genes. High cholesterol susceptibility is often inherited. If you’re worried about your dog, hold off on giving them foods very high in fat, including butter.

Foods To Be Avoided

Other fatty foods to avoid besides butter are avocados, excessive fat trimmings, macadamia nuts, bacon, sausage and of course all fried foods. You could make the case that butter falls into this category of being a really bad choice as well.

Certainly the alternative to butter, margarine, is out of the question with all the unnatural chemical ingredients it contains. Margarine can also contain high levels of trans fat which is definitely not something your dog should be consuming.

Some foods can be hazardous to your dog’s health and well-being. This is especially true for the foods that you yourself should not be eating. Something like raw meat and eggs, since it can contain bacteria, can make both humans and dogs sick. For dogs, there are additional foods you must know about! Browse the site to learn more.

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, so much depends on the overall health of your beloved dog.

In general, dogs basically need five foods for a healthy diet which are proteins, carbohydrates, fats (like omega-3), fruits and fiber. 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 store bought quality dog food. Just know what to look for.

Many people cook meals for their dogs instead of just purchasing manufactured commercial foods. This could be a healthier alternative but, if you do not know what you are doing, you can easily cause your dog more harm than good. If you plan on switching to homemade canine meals, you should know how much of a food group your pet needs and what specific foods should be limited. A good example of this is butter because people depend on it for cooking.

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Susan August, 2016

The whole butter is bad for you thing has been debunked years ago. Highly processed vegetable oils made in a factory that are bad for you, not butter which is an actual food from the earth.


Alberto July, 2016

We have a 14 year old Miniature Pinscher. She’s blind, deaf, has a collapsed trachea but is otherwise healthy and very much loved. She is tiring of canned Natures Balance and regular dog food in general. So, we have been cooking quality ground turkey meat in a very small amount (1/4 tsp) of butter. She’s loving it. Is it okay to continue?


Glenn March, 2016

Now butter has been hailed as a good food. It’s a fallacy that it clogs arteries.


Dave November, 2015

Nutrition is barely a science anymore. It’s riddled with junk science, witchcraft and out and out lies to the point it’s little more than a faith or body of beliefs. The idea that eating cholesterol is hazardous is just one more bit of nonsense. This will surprise many but animal metabolism has an internal control system for most things including cholesterol. Cholesterol is fundamental and essential to every cell in the body. It’s produced by the liver and its level is controlled.

The more cholesterol eaten, the less produced by the liver. It’s as silly as thinking that you shouldn’t drink water because people drown in it. If the body didn’t have an excellent cholesterol control system we would have never existed. Where did the idea come from that eating cholesterol will raise serum cholesterol? Simply made up, no evidence, a fabrication. Science is so scarce in nutrition that for decades nobody even tried to test the belief in a controlled study.

Finally the idea simply collapsed under the weight of its own stupidity. The fact that 50 years ago textbooks on human metabolism described how cholesterol is controlled seems to have been no barrier to this silly idea. There is a serious rare disease named Hypercholesterolemia in which the automatic cholesterol control system is failing. If you have that disease you already know about it.


Bud August, 2015

I have a 2.5 year old Mastiff. He is a picky eater. I have found that he likes plain ordinary butter. He does not like peanut butter. I have just started to mix into his dry kibble about a teaspoon and a half of regular butter along with cooked liver and stewing beef. There is also a sort of gravy that comes from the cooking of the meat. He is fed 3 times a day, 2 cups of kibble plus the other at every feeding. Is butter mixed with his food like this okay or not? By the way, he’s not overweight and gets 3.5 to 4 hours in walks everyday, regardless of weather conditions. These walks, and running, are split one session in the morning up mountain trails, and evening at the ocean, on the beach, and trails at the beach.


Susie November, 2015

I have a Mastiff as well. She is 3 years old and loves most all foods. She has been on a raw food diet since 8 weeks old and she is in excellent health. I do give her raw, fermented butter (about 1 tablespoon) in her meal 3-5 times per week. She also gets raw coconut oil, cod-liver oil and animal fat from the meat and bones she eats. My goal is to keep her as healthy as possible and hope to avoid any large breed hip and joint issues. She doesn’t get as much exercise as your Mastiff, but she has 52 acres of farm land to roam.


Bud November, 2015

Thanks for the info. 52 acres to run around on is actually better than walks. She has the freedom to be out there doing almost anything she wants.


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