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Butter is obviously a dairy condiment and a classic cooking ingredient.
It’s made from churning milk. There is also a heavy cream version.
Whatever kind you have, regularly adding it to your dog’s meals is something you should avoid doing.
Make no mistake:
Too much canine consumption of butter will eventually lead to all sorts of health problems including pancreatitis ie. inflammation of the pancreas.
Yes, saturated fat is generally less concerning for dogs due to what is a relatively much shorter lifespan.
And, yes, you do not need to worry about a tiny amount. But still, butter should not be given beyond sparingly.
Basically, keep it to a minimum.
Go Easy With Butter For Your Dog’s Sake
A small amount is acceptable on occasion.
On the other hand, it would not be smart to add this ingredient if you have an already unhealthy or overweight pet pooch.
In all cases, regularly feeding your dog butter is not recommended.
Lots of butter, lard and other types of saturated fats and trans fats are bad for dogs over the long term.
But again, there is no need to be alarmed about a taste. Just watch what you’re putting in recipes.
Canine Cholesterol Levels
Dogs can also have cholesterol problems although it is less common for them compared to humans.
What causes cholesterol levels to increase is usually too much intake of fatty foods. Elevated readings could eventually lead to kidney diseases.
Butter certainly won’t help if your dog has diabetes or an inflamed pancreas. In fact, it could contribute to such serious conditions.
Caution: It is 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 near-term concerns.
Do not feed foods that are high in fat, including butter, if you are worried about your dog experiencing such side effects.
What About Margarine?
The most popular alternative to butter is margarine.
Honestly, this option is even worse.
It is mainly due to the unnatural chemical ingredients.
Margarine also has lots of trans fat. Your dog should not be consuming it!
Diet For Healthy Dogs
Some oils are healthy for your dog’s diet. As such, some quality butters may be given in small amounts.
It really depends on the overall health of your dog.
Canines utilize proteins, carbohydrates, fats (like omega-3), fruits and fiber in that order.
Meat, and the protein it provides, is a priority as is plenty of calcium.
If you are unsure about what to feed it may be best to simply keep your buddy on a good store-bought dog food.
The Bottom Line
Butter obviously comes from milk and many canines are lactose intolerance to some degree.
But the biggest concern with butter is what could eventually happen to your dog’s pancreas and other organs.
Play it safe. Avoid serving foods that are loaded up with this fatty condiment.
Certainly never let your dog go-to-town on a stick of pure butter!