Can dogs eat peanut butter?
While there are many human foods that dogs should stay away from, there are also some foods that dogs can eat and enjoy in moderation - such as peanut butter. Many dog parents give feed peanut butter from time to time as a reward, and this treat does indeed drive some dogs NUTS! (no pun intended...).
Peanut butter can be used to train your dog as a special reward so giving them a little taste of it sometimes can help with training. They're also great to add to your air-dried treats to chew to keep them entertained or distracted. When fed in moderation, peanut butter can be an excellent source of protein and healthy fats along side their usual raw dog food meals.
However, there are a few facts you need to be aware of before you let your dog clean out that empty peanut butter jar.
It's important NOT to feed your dog some peanut butter brands that contain an ingredient called xylitol (which can be called other names such as wood sugar, birch sugar, and birch bark extract) as it is toxic to dogs. Even a small amount fed to your dog can be dangerous and in many cases be fatal. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that you can find as a replacement in sugar-free food products. We would always advise to check all peanut butter labels before feeding your dog and ensure there is no xylitol in the ingredients list. Please call your vet urgently if your dog does eat any foods with xylitol in it.
Overweight dogs, dogs with kidney problems, diabetes or pancreatitis and dogs that are sensitive to certain foods and need a special diet should not eat peanut butter.
Ultimately if you are going to feed your dogs peanut butter, it should be made of 100% peanuts, nothing else.
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