Can I Give My Dog Peanut Butter?

Can I Give My Dog Peanut Butter?Most dogs love eating peanut butter so it’s a common question to ask about giving it to Fido. The quick answer is yes, it’s actually good for your dog’s health if you pick a quality all-natural brand.

Besides tasting great, peanut butter is loaded with high amounts of antioxidants, proteins, vitamins and quality fats all of which are healthy for dogs. The creamy spread also provides them with lots of energy to play!

Peanut butter is a classic example of a human food which is also well suited, in moderation of course, for feeding to your pet dog. After researching which type to purchase, you and your dog can both enjoy this great snack together.

Can I Give My Dog Peanut Butter? Answer: Yes

But get an all-natural brand to avoid food coloring and other unhealthy preservatives.

Read the label carefully. For puppies and smaller breed dogs perhaps avoiding the chunky type is best for safer digestion. There are lots of peanut butter flavored dog treats available on the market. You just have to choose the right type!

Peanut Butter Benefits

Peanut butter can help your dog’s body to operate with a high level of efficiency. It contains a balanced level of protein and carbohydrates including healthy fats, which pumps up the dog’s system with a boost of energy and stamina. Active dogs just love it. It’s great for humans and dogs alike.

Take advantage of it’s omega fatty acid. Yes, this is found in peanut butter and it promotes health while reducing bad cholesterol in dogs. The only condition is that you have to provide healthy, all-natural variety in moderation and as a component to an overall healthy canine diet.

A small amount of peanut butter goes a long way. If you have a small breed, 1 teaspoon of peanut butter in a given day is enough. For larger dogs, 1 tablespoon in a day will suffice. Don’t give them peanut butter every day. A few times a week is enough.

For Canine Diabetes

If your dog has diabetes it means that the natural insulin inside the body is inhibited from being released. If the sugar element in the bloodstream builds up uncontrollably, this can lead to permanent damage of the tissues, nerves and cells inside a dogs’ body. Since peanut butter contains a great balance and level of protein and carbohydrates, it can help your dog to utilize the sugar elements in the bloodstream.

The sugar components can then be metabolized and used properly. Natural peanut butter recipes are therefore helpful for dogs with diabetes. Think of it as a health supplement in this regard!

Treating Bad Breath

Peanut butter can also help conceal your dog’s bad breath. The fatty acid composition coats the smells caused by bacteria in the mouth. It’s a lot like using baking soda to remove foul odors but with a lot more health benefits.

If you give a peanut butter doggie treat to your four-legged friend, the bad breath odor will mostly pass though the body rather than their mouth. So when your dog kisses you, you’ll only smell peanut butter and few traces of bad breath if any at all. Of course, learning to clean your dog’s teeth can’t hurt either. Peanut butter isn’t really a fix since it only helps cover up bad doggie breath.

Peanut Butter in Moderation

Too much peanut butter can be harmful for dogs so, again, moderation is key. High consumption levels of this delicious snack may give your dog loose and oily stools. This could be a sign that you’re feeding them too much and need to cut back.

Conclusion on Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is good for humans and dogs alike. It makes for a perfect treat for everyone in the house. The fact that it’s affordable is the icing on the cake (no pun intended). Just buy a healthy kind. If you incorporate it into your homemade recipes, make sure the other ingredients are also safe for your dog. As a reminder, dogs can’t have chocolate. Combining it with peanut butter is something only your 2-legged friends can safely enjoy.

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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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