Peanut butter is a tasty snack that is packed with protein. Many dog treats have peanut butter flavoring, and you may be stuck wondering if peanut butter is suitable for a dog treat on its own. We will take deeper dive into peanut butter throughout this article.
Peanut butter is safe for dogs if given in moderation. It is a tasty treat that can be used to help hide the flavor of medications and oral flea and heartworm preventatives. As with any other treat, calories need to be taken into consideration! Keep in mind that one tablespoon of peanut butter contains almost 100 calories. If you have a small or medium-sized dog who only needs 300 to 600 calories daily, one tablespoon of peanut butter will account for a considerable portion of their daily allotment.
You may be wondering what kind of peanut butter you should buy. We recommend homemade and organic peanut butter because they do not contain any added ingredients. Some peanut butter products may have too much salt or sugar which can contribute to adverse health in dogs. It is important to know that some peanut butter products contain xylitol which is highly toxic to dogs. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that dogs have a hard time breaking down.
There are additional benefits for your dog when they consume peanut butter. It is a good source of protein and contains natural fats, which can contribute to a state of fullness. The fatty acids in peanut butter can contribute to a shinier hair coat. In addition, peanut butter contains vitamins and minerals like magnesium and phosphorus.
Peanut butter is safe and delicious for your dog if given in smaller quantities. Pay attention to the ingredients and choose the best peanut butter product most beneficial to your four-legged friend. If you are still unsure about giving your dog peanut butter, check with your veterinarian for more information.