Does your dog go nuts for nuts? I know my dog is a big fan of peanut butter like most dogs. Peanut butter is a great source of protein and healthy fats for a dog’s diet. Healthy fats are important since they help with absorption of vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E, and K. Fats in foods will also help make and keep your dog’s coat nice and shiny! However, it's important to feed your dog peanut butter that is suitable for their consumption so that it doesn’t harm their wellbeing or even worse, result in death.We will go over ingredients you will want to ensure the peanut butter you are feeding your dog does not have.
What to Look Out For
You will want to refrain from feeding your dog lots of peanut butter and perhaps exclude it form your dog’s diet if they are cancerous or obese because it can worsen their current health conditions. And, while dogs are not usually allergic to nuts, you will want to monitor to ensure your dog isn’t for the first time you give them a spoonful of tasty peanut butter.
Do not feed your dog peanut butter that contains Xylitol. This can be poisonous to your dog and lead to death. It is an artificial sweetener that does not result in a spike for human blood pressure but is absorbed quickly by your dog’s bloodstream and can result in symptoms such as weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, seizures, lack of coordination, or a decrease in activity levels. If you sense any of these symptoms contact an animal poison center immediately. The following brands should be avoided: Krush Nutrition, P28, Go Nuts, Nuts N’ More.
Stick to giving your dog peanut butter that has no added sugar and minimal salt if any. All-natural is the way to go here. And, if you dog needs help with anxiety and loves peanut butter, then try adding some CBD oil for dogs to your dog’s peanut butter.
Ready to PB Your Dog Up?
Let’s start with going over how much peanut butter you should be giving your dog. A good rule of thumb to follow is to not give over ½ a tablespoon for a dog weighing less than 25 pounds and no more than 2 tablespoons for a dog weighing more than that.
You can give your dog peanut butter straight from the spoon, in a toy, or even put the peanut butter into some yummy treats. My personal favorite method is when dog owner’s go into a peanut butter feeding adventure knowing they’ll have to take a shower after. You can put some peanut butter on your forehead to keep your dog's attention while you have to groom them as one clever TikTok user did.
However you choose to give your dog peanut butter, it’s sure to be fun to watch your pup devour one of their favorite treats. Just be sure to give them peanut butter that is xylitol, sugar free, and minimal or no salt.