Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter?
Peanut butter is a common treat that owners feed to their dogs. As a pet owner, I know my dogs love it. It's like dessert for your dog, but is it safe for them to eat it? The answer may surprise you.
Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter? Your dog can eat peanut butter as long as it doesn't have xylitol in it! Xylitol is found in many products now and is super poisonous to dogs, so be sure to check the ingredients on the peanut butter jar before giving it to your dog.
Although peanut butter dog treats is very famous, there are some necessary specifications and precautions that must be taken so that your dog can continue to eat safely. Read on to find out what precautions to take when buying peanut butter for your four-legged friend.
What peanut butters are safe for my dog?
Some brands of peanut butter are not safe for dogs to eat due to the ingredients, specifically xylitol, in the peanut butter. However, if you find certain brands of peanut butter that do not contain this harmful ingredient, your dog is free to eat it.
Safe brands of peanut butter for your dog:
- Peanut Butter Co.
- Jif Natural
- Brad's Natural's
- Once again
- Great value
If you are not sure whether a brand of peanut butter has xylitol or not, I suggest you check the ingredient list on the back of the jar.
If you don't list XYLITOL as an ingredient, then it's probably safe to feed your dog peanut butter.
What is the finest type of peanut butter to feed my dog?
Creamy or crunchy?
It is safer to feed your dog creamy peanut butter. Although the crunch may sound fine to you, the small pieces of peanuts in the butter are a possible choking hazard for your dog and therefore not safe for him to eat. It's safest to get the creamy kind so that peanut butter is a safe and happy treat for your four-legged friend.
Organic or non-organic?
If you are not feeding your dog peanut butter consistently, it is safe to feed regular (not organic) peanut butter. Since you are not giving it often, it shouldn't have any negative effects on your dog.
Creamy, organic peanut butter is healthier for your dog.
However, if you are constantly feeding your dog peanut butter, it is best for them that you get them organic peanut butter. This is due to the high amounts of sodium in regular peanut butter. These excessive amounts are not safe for your dog to consume constantly.
If your dog's favorite treat is peanut butter, keep things safe, happy, and healthy for them by getting some organic peanut butter.
What is xylitol?
Xylitol is a common sweetener used in tons of products today. It has even been shown to be good for people's teeth! Although it can be great for humans, it is actually very toxic to dogs.
Xylitol is super toxic to dogs and they should never ingest it. In fact, it is more toxic to them than chocolate!
If even more is ingested, it could possibly kill your dog! It would take a solid 150 grams of dark chocolate to have the same effects on your dog as this small amount of toxic substance.
When a dog ingests this sweetener, it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. This causes a rapid and powerful release of insulin into the bloodstream that can cause these terrible side effects. These effects can appear as early as 10 to 60 minutes after ingestion and can be fatal if left untreated.
How Can I give my dog peanut butter?
There are a couple of common ways to feed your dog peanut butter that are commonly seen in homes.
Consult a licensed veterinarian for a more specific and appropriate amount for your dog.
Using a spoon
You can put a small amount of peanut butter on a spoon and simply hold it up for your dog to lick it up. This method is great because you can keep your dog close to you if necessary or desired for any reason.
This method is great so that you don't have sticky peanut butter on all your hands when feeding it, and it will prevent it from spilling all over the floor.
A small amount to administer medications
If your dog has to take medication for whatever reason, a great way to get your dog to take it without fighting is to hide it in a small amount of peanut butter and feed it to him just like that.
By hiding the pill in the peanut butter, your dog will be too distracted by the delicious treat to reject the pill.
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