Is peanut butter good for dogs? Good question… Have you noticed that when you open up a jar of peanut butter your dog mysteriously appears? Dogs do like peanut butter and you can use it as a treat or as a reward for good behavior.
So…Is peanut butter good for dogs? The answer is yes, as long as the peanut butter you’re giving your dog DOES NOT contain “Xylitol”. So before feeding your dog peanut butter read the label and make sure Xylitol is not in the peanut butter you’re giving them.
In this article I’m going to go over “can dogs eat peanut butter?”, “how much peanut butter to give your dog”, “creamy or crunchy types”, can your dog have reactions to peanut butter and what to look for” and a “couple of easy recipes your dog will love”.
Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter?
Many different brands of peanut butter can be given to dog’s safety, while being a good source for extra protein and needed vitamins it should be given in moderation. Choose a peanut butter that doesn’t use added salt, too much salt can be unhealthy for your dog.
If you’re going to be using peanut butter to reward your dog or to make treats the best is homemade, because they don’t have the extra sweeteners and other chemical additives.
How Much Peanut Butter to Give Your Dog?
The great thing about giving your dog peanut butter is if has lots of natural protein and the type of fats your dog needs. Just be careful not to give your dog too much which can contribute to your dog getting fat and have some other health issues. There are a couple of things you can do to determine what the right amount will be for your dog:
Number 1… Anything that has to do the health and well-being of your dog needs to have your veterinarian’s input. Give your vet a call and discuss this with them especially if your dog is older or has a pre-existing condition.
Number 2… Follow the rule of thumb of 10 percent, which means limit 10 percent of your dog’s daily food intake to 90 percent healthy food and 10 percent treats. Try to give your dog different types of treats instead of giving them peanut butter as their main treat.
Giving Your Dog Crunchy or Creamy Peanut Butter
One thing to consider if you’re going to give your dog crunchy peanut butter is the chance of a potential choking hazard. While the odds are slim and if you’re following the 10 percent rule of thumb mentioned above it not likely to happen unless you’re giving a small dog a large spoon of crunchy peanut butter.
So either type of peanut butter would be fine to feed your dog. If you’re using the peanut butter to distract you dog then using creamy peanut butter would be a better choice as it will be much easier to spread out.
Do Dogs Get Peanut Allergies?
A quick search Online shows that dogs are less likely to have a reaction to peanut butter than humans. While most dogs won`t have a reaction there are those few that can have an anaphylactic response to peanuts.
If you’re going to introduce peanut butter to your dog and you’re not sure if you should give it to them, just give them a little bit and watch how they react. Here are some signs to watch for below, if an hour goes by without any reaction you should be ok.
Signs Your Dog is Having a Reaction
– Spots of swelling and maybe some hives.
– The area around their eyes and nose has swelling.
– Their breathing seems faster or there having trouble breathing.
– Their vomiting or they have diarrhea.
– Constant scratching.
Signs Your Dog Has a Food Allergy
– They are getting lots of ear infections.
– There coats seem to be thinning out.
– Scratching and licking and chewing on their paws.
– Having issues with their glands, especially the anal ones.
If your dog is showing one or more of these signs they could be having a reaction to peanut or other reactions to food. You should call or take your dog to the vet for an examination to make sure their alright.
Is Peanut Butter Good For Dogs?
Choosing to give your dog peanut butter is a good choice, not only do dogs love peanut butter it also has many benefits for them, here are a few:
– A couple of tablespoons of peanut butter has around 200 calories depending on which brand you use.
– Most peanut butter also contains protein and good fat.
– It also has a good supply of vitamin E and as a bonus has good cholesterol fats.
– Peanut butter is free of cholesterol.
– The vitamin H and K will help give your dog a nice shinny coat.
– Having peanuts that are roasted provide more antioxidants then unroasted peanuts.
Making Peanut Butter For Your Dog
If you want to make your own healthy peanut butter for your dog, here’s a great recipe you can whip up fast and easy:
What You Need
– 1 ½ cups of already roasted and salted peanuts.
– 1 Teaspoon of your favorite honey or you can use molasses.
– 1 Tablespoon of a good quality chia seeds.
– If you want you can add some more peanut oil or you can use safflower oil.
Step 1]… Put the peanuts in a blender and blend until the peanuts are the consistency you are looking for.
Step 2]… If you’re wanting to make your peanut butter to be crunchy wait until the mixture is at the preferred consistency and then add about a ¼ cup of chopped up peanuts to the mixture and mix together well with a spatula.
Step 3]… This recipe will make about a cup of peanut butter and to keep it fresh store your homemade peanut butter in the fridge in an airtight storage container.
When your first learning to make homemade peanut butter it’s important to remember that the process goes thru several stages when blending. If you stop to quickly your peanut butter will be too thick and difficult to spread.
If your patient and give the processing a few more minutes to make that nice creamy mixture which is easy to spread. It can take 3 or more minutes of blending to get the creamy peanut butter mixture.
Easy to Make Frozen Treat
Begin with a cup of peanut butter and add about half of a banana, you may also need to add a little bit of water to get the desired consistency. Add this to ice cube trays and freeze, to liven the treat up add some pumpkin or even blueberries, your dog will love these treats.
Fast & Easy Baked Peanut Butter Treats
Here’s a fast and easy baked recipe that will give you treats on hand for your dog. I also love the aroma that fills the kitchen when baking them. And of course the dogs are waiting patiently for them to be ready to eat.
– A couple cups of all-purpose flour.
– Half cup of the creamy peanut butter [homemade works great].
– 2 eggs.
– Quarter cup of water.
If you want to use a chunky peanut butter in your recipe you’ll need to put some more water into the mixture to keep the dough thin enough to roll out.
– Begin by pre heating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
– Add the flour, peanut butter and 2 eggs into your bowl and combine slightly.
– Start to add the water a bit at a time mixing the ingredients until it is moist enough for you to roll it out.
– Using different shaped cutters make your treats.
– Put the dog treats on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake them for approximately 15 to 18 minutes or until done so they’ll be crunchy.
The recipe should give you about 3 dozen treats depending on the size of treat you’re making. I like to put some in the dogs cookie jar and then freeze some for use later.
So is peanut butter good for dogs? Now you know that it is and using the recipes I shared your dogs are going to be so happy at treat time. I hope you have found the article helpful, if you did give it a share so others can enjoy it. Thanks for reading.