Most of us dog owners love peanut butter. To some of us the smell of peanut butter is not so appealing but most dogs love that smell! But can dogs eat peanut butter?
Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter?
The answer is that your dog can eat most peanut butter as long as it is with moderation. There are some things that you as a dog owner should be aware of before you give your pup some peanut butter.
If you give your pup peanut butter in moderate quantities, peanut butter can be a good source of healthy fats, protein, vitamins B, E and Niacin for your dog. The safest and healthy choice of peanut butter is unsalted peanut butter or homemade peanut butter.
Too much salt can cause health problems for your dog and if you give your pup homemade peanut butter you know all the ingredients you put in and that peanut butter won’t contain extra sugar or other unhealthy ingredients or additives that can be harmful to your pup.
How Much Peanut Butter Can I Give My Dog?
Although peanut butter is relatively safe to give to your pup and it has natural protein and fat, your dog shouldn’t eat too much peanut butter because too much of this yummy yellow/brown stuff can cause health issues for your dog such as obesity or pancreatitis which is basically inflammation of the pancreas which can develop when your dog has a high-fat diet or is obese. It’s a dangerous condition that needs treatment by your vet immediately.
The signs of pancreatitis in dogs are repeated vomiting, hunched back, pain or bloated stomach, diarrhea, loss of appetite, dehydration, weakness or lethargy, fever. If your dog ate too much peanut butter or other fatty food and has some or all of these symptoms go to your vet as soon as possible.
If you want to feed your pup peanut butter on a regular basis and you want to be sure about how much peanut butter you can give your dog I recommend to call your veterinarian and ask for his or her advice on this matter. Especially when your dog is sensitive or allergic to (some) foods, is diabetic or has other health issues.
Another way to figure out how much peanut butter you can give your pup regularly is by applying the “10 percent rule”. The 10 percent rule means that the treats you give or want to give to your dog should not make up more than 10 percent of your pup’s diet.
You can measure the amount of food your dog gets on a daily basis and treats or snacks should only make up 10% of your pup’s daily calories. If you want to be sure how many treats you can give to your dog ask your vet. Based on your dog’s weight, activity level, and health your vet can make a recommendation.
The amount of peanut butter you can give to your dog safely will vary, depending on the size of your pooch and which kind of peanut butter you want to treat your dog (check the label for the caloric count of your peanut butter). Generally, small dogs should get no more than about ½ tablespoon of peanut butter per day and larger dogs no more than about 1 tablespoon per day.
These are just general guidelines, again, if you want to be sure, ask your veterinarian for advice about how much peanut butter you can give to your pup.
Besides peanut butter or other human food you’d like to treat your dog remember that there are other, healthier treats such as fruits or veggies that are safe for dogs and of course healthy dog treats.
The healthy dog treats I give to my Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Stippy are the treats from Trudog. They have a great supply of healthy, tasty food and treats. If you’re interested in the healthy, natural dog treats click on this link which will take you to the Trudog website directly to the dog treats.
Peanut Butter and Xylitol. Is Xylitol Dangerous for Dogs?
Although most peanut butter is relatively safe for your dog, some peanut butter can be deadly. The reason for this, some peanut butter manufacturers have replaced sugar for the sweetener Xylitol which is a sugar substitute. Xylitol is also often used in other sugar-free foods like toothpaste, chewing gum, baked goods, breath mints, etc.
Xylitol is toxic to dogs. For people it’s safe.
If your pup eats food or products which contain xylitol this can lead to hypoglycemia which basically means that the xylitol causes a fast release of insulin in your dog, which then results in an equally fast decrease in your pup’s blood sugar levels which can be deadly if not treated by a vet. All of this can take place as fast as 10 to 60 minutes after eating the xylitol.
So, to avoid this xylitol poisoning always check the label of the peanut butter (or any other product or food you plan to give to your dog) for xylitol. Always keep products and foods which contain xylitol away from your dog and out of your dog’s reach.
If you suspect your pup has eaten something with xylitol always contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. The symptoms of xylitol poisoning are the following:
- Lack of coordination
- Unsteady walk or behavior
Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter and Jelly?
Jelly should never be given to dogs. Why is that? Well, jelly, jam, or other comparable preserves contain loads of sugar which are bad for your pup because sugar can cause obesity and/or diabetes.
Also, some jam or jelly contains xylitol which is very dangerous for your dog. Another reason why dogs shouldn’t eat jam or jelly is that some types of jelly or jams contain fruits that your dog shouldn’t eat for example grapes or raisins.
So treat your dog to (xylitol free) peanut butter but always leave out the jelly.
What Peanut Butter is Safe For Dogs?
Any peanut butter that doesn’t contain the dangerous sweetener xylitol is safe to give to your dog but only when given in moderation. Homemade peanut butter is the best option because you can be 100% sure that it doesn’t contain added sugars or other unhealthy stuff. If you want to treat your pup with peanut butter from the grocery store, always check the label first and ask your veterinarian for advice about the quantity you can give to your dog.
Always consult your veterinarian before giving any kind of human food to your dog.