Every time you crack open a jar of peanut butter, your dog miraculously appears, poised and ready for you to deliver a spoonful of the good stuff into their mouths. The nutty treat can send dogs wild, whether it’s being licked off a spoon or applied to a toy for long-lasting enjoyment.
As a responsible pup owner, there are a few things you should be aware of before giving serving them peanut butter. We’re going to break down everything you need to know about giving your furry friend his favorite treat.
Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter
The majority of peanut butter is actually safe for dogs to consume. If peanut butter is provided in moderation, as part of a balanced diet then it can serve as a great source of protein, fats, vitamin B complex and vitamin E. Servings of peanut butter can be healthy dog treats if they’re added into the diet correctly.
High sodium levels can be detrimental for your dog’s health, making unsalted peanut butter a good choice. There are several recipes for homemade peanut butter that don’t contain any additives sugar; this can be a healthy way of giving your dog nutrient-dense nut butter.
How Much Peanut Butter Can My Dog Eat?
Peanut butter is a delicious thing and it’s packed with protein and healthy fats. Having a happy and healthy dog is a top priority and it’s natural that you’d want your dog to eat as much as possible. However, if you feed your dog too much peanut butter, you run the risk of health complications like pancreatitis and obesity.
There’s a couple of options for you to consider when deciding on how much peanut butter to give your dog. The first option is to contact your veterinarian and ask their advice on serving size and frequency. It’s always best to ask a qualified professional if your dog has a sensitive stomach or more severe conditions like diabetes.
The second option requires you to limit peanut butter to only 10 percent of your dog’s diet. Measure the amount of food that your dog gets daily and reserve only 10 percent of that for peanut butter. You may also want to consider switching out peanut butter with other healthy treats from time to time.
Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe
There are many brands that sell peanut butter without any extra sugar and additives, making them completely safe for your dog. But, if you’d like to make your own, you can whip up homemade peanut butter in 5 minutes or less.
Simply throw your unsalted peanuts into a food processor until they’re soft and smooth. Add a little drizzle of extra virgin olive oil into the mix and continue to smooth the peanut butter out.
Important note: A sugar substitute called Xylitol is found in certain brands of peanut butter and is safe for human consumption but is very toxic to dogs. Check the ingredients of any store-bought peanut butter prior to purchasing to ensure that it’s safe for your pup to eat.