Can I Give My Dog Peanut Butter?

Can I Give My Dog Peanut Butter?Most dogs love eating peanut butter and so giving some to Fido is a common question. You’ll be happy to know that, when fed in moderation, a quality all-natural brand can be healthy for canines.

Peanut butter tastes great but it also has antioxidants, proteins, vitamins and quality fats all of which are healthy for dogs. Not to mention that the creamy spread will provide your best buddy with lots of energy!

This is a classic example of a human food that’s also well suited, if you don’t overdo it, for feeding to a pet pooch. After researching which type of peanut butter to buy, you and your dog can both enjoy this great snack together.

Can I Give My Dog Peanut Butter? Answer: Yes, it’s healthy

But get a brand that doesn’t have added sugar, sweeteners, food coloring, additives or unhealthy preservatives.

Carefully read peanut butter labels, at your grocery store, before buying for the purposes of sharing with your pet dog. For puppies and smaller breed dogs, perhaps avoiding the chunky kind is best for digestion. Alternatively, there’s a high quality peanut butter flavored dog treat which your furry friend will surely love!

Peanut Butter’s Benefits

Peanut butter can help your pet dog to operate with a high level of efficiency. It contains a balanced level of protein and low carbohydrates, which tends to provide a boost of energy and stamina. Active dogs just love it. Peanut butter’s Omega-3 fatty acids also may help to reduce high cholesterol. The only condition is that you have to provide a healthy, all-natural brand and do so in moderation. This way, peanut butter can certainly be a component to an overall healthy canine diet.

How Much is Too Much

A small amount of peanut butter goes a long way. If you have a small breed, 1 teaspoon as a serving size is enough. For larger dogs, 1 tablespoon will likely suffice. It should be a special treat for dogs and so you probably shouldn’t be feeding peanut butter every day. Actually, this is why a peanut butter doggie treat is best because it’s convenient to ration.

Help with Canine Diabetes

If your dog has diabetes it’s important that their blood sugar levels remain low. Natural peanut butter is a super canine treat because it’s low in carbs while high in protein and unsaturated healthy fat. If your diabetic dog’s blood sugar builds up then permanent damage to the tissues, nerves and cells is possible. So all-natural peanut butter recipes are appropriate, and even beneficial, for dogs not producing enough insulin. Think of it as a health supplement!

For Treating Bad Breath

Peanut butter can conceal your dog’s bad breath. The fatty acid composition coats smells caused by bacteria in the mouth. It’s like using baking soda but with great health benefits. A peanut butter treat, given to your dog, will surely reduce bad breath odors. With some tactical peanut butter, hopefully, the next time your buddy gives kisses you’ll notice few traces of bad breath. But this isn’t really a fix since it only helps cover up bad doggie breath.

Learning to properly clean your dog’s teeth is obviously preferred to providing peanut butter!

Must Maintain Moderation

Too much peanut butter can be harmful for dogs so, again, moderation is a must. High consumption levels of this delicious snack may slow your dog down but also give them loose and oily stools. This could be a sign that you are feeding Fido too much and need to cut back. Don’t overdo it, even with a high-quality peanut butter.

Conclusion on Peanut Butter

Quality all-natural peanut butter can be very healthy for pet dogs when fed in moderation. It also makes for a perfect canine treat. Being affordable is just the icing on the cake (no pun intended). Get a nutritious brand by carefully checking the label. For both pets and people, it’s important to select a pure peanut butter without any additives. As a reminder, dogs can’t have chocolate so never combine the two!

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Ettina January, 2016

Some brands of peanut butter now contain xylitol, which is highly toxic to dogs. Please add a warning to check the ingredients list for xylitol before feeding peanut butter to your dog! Keep in mind that companies may change the ingredients, so a previously-safe brand could become unsafe.


Birgitta November, 2015

I am making homemade dog treats. I just want to know which brands are safe to buy to put in the treats. Thanks!


Linda August, 2015

Our dog is on a no grain or dairy, peanut butter diet. We were giving him a treat called “Smart Pup” that we would freeze but the company no longer makes them. Instead I found baby food in small plastic containers that I freeze and they make for wonderful treats for him. They contain all natural ingredients and freeze very well.


Lesley August, 2015

If you are going to give your dog peanut butter, make sure it does not contain Xylitol which is a natural sweetener. It’s highly toxic for dogs and can kill them in very small doses.


Stash July, 2015

My Dachshund is diabetic. In order to get him to eat Hill’s W/D, I mix p/butter in with it. He licks the plate clean. That’s the end of trying to finger feed him.


Lee June, 2015

My husband uses peanut butter to put our dog in her crate. I would guess about two tablespoons a day. I feel it’s too much. Our rescued dog is about seven years old and now she seems to catch flies that are not there all day.


Renate May, 2015

Every morning my dog gets his Kong toy filled up with the unsalted and unsweetened smooth peanut butter which keeps him busy while I have my breakfast. He loves it!


Dorothy September, 2015

Hi Renate. What brand of peanut butter do you give your dog?


David May, 2015

We started giving our two dogs, one Chocolate Lab and one Hound, toast in the morning with a little peanut butter on it. They love it so much, as soon as they hear us get up in the morning, they are at the door barking for their toast and peanut butter. The Lab just gobbles it down. The hound likes to lick hers off the toast first, then eat the toast. The rest of the day is spent chasing each other around the yard, chasing lizards, and whatever else they can get into. One thing is for sure, no matter how bad my day is, one or both of them always seem to do something to make me smile. That’s what its all about!


Doris March, 2015

How much can a 1 year old Westie have? I have to give her pills, 3 times a day, and she spits them out no matter what size or what I put them in except peanut butter that’s mashed up. Thank you


Granny March, 2015

What has always worked for us is opening their mouths, with one hand, and inserting the pill on the back of the tongue. It has never failed. Hold the mouth closed until you see they have swallowed it while telling them what a good boy or good girl they are.


Rose October, 2014

I have 3 puppies, 1 Shih Tzu, 1 Chow Chow and 1 Poodle Maltese. They love to eat sliced bread with peanut butter. I used to give that to them while I ate my breakfast and snacks.


Nat December, 2013

Can you please tell me the author and publishing date? I need it for works cited. Thanks!


James December, 2013

I am the publisher, James, or you can simply cite The publish date was sometime in February of 2013. Thanks for stopping by.


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