Rachel
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter?

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
Jul 3 ·

Your dog wants to share everything with you, and that includes the food you eat. So, whether you like it or not, who can resist those puppy dog eyes? When you’re making yourself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or baking peanut butter cookies, your pooch will surely be right by your feet in the kitchen. With that said, can dogs eat peanut butter?

The short answer is yes. So you’ll be able to give your doggo a little taste of peanut butter while you’re cooking. However, moderation is key, and there are some other things to be wary about when feeding your doggo this tasty snack. As always, be sure to check in with your veterinarian to ensure it’s okay.

can dogs eat peanut butter

How is peanut butter good for dogs?

Other than being a tasty treat, peanut butter has some health perks for your furry friend. It’s a great source of healthy fats, protein, vitamin B, vitamin E, and niacin. While you can give little bits of peanut butter out of the jar to your pooch, the best option is to share homemade peanut butter.

Homemade peanut butter is healthier because it typically doesn’t have added sugar, salt, or other additives.

Are there any risks of feeding peanut butter to dogs?

Even though the protein and fats in peanut butter are healthy for your dog, too much of it can be a bad thing. Your pooch gets all the nutrients they need to thrive and remain healthy through their commercial dog food. 90% of your dog’s diet should be their normal dog food, with about 10% of their diet being other pet-friendly foods.

This means peanut butter should be fed in small quantities and moderation. It shouldn’t make up the rest of the 10% alone because of these fats. It can lead to obesity, pancreatitis, and other health concerns for your furry friend. Also, if your dog has diabetes, then the added sugars in peanut butter won’t do them any favors.

If you’re unsure whether you should share peanut butter with your pup, then your best bet is to talk to the vet about it.

can dogs eat peanut butter

The dangers of xylitol

Most peanut butter is safe for your doggo to eat, but some have xylitol in them. This is a sugar substitute that is sometimes used in peanut butter often found in sugar-free foods. While it’s safe for humans to eat, it’s toxic for dogs to consume.

If your pooch consumes xylitol, then they may rapidly release insulin, decreasing their blood sugar levels. This can occur anywhere between ten to sixty minutes after eating xylitol. If left untreated, it will make your furry friend very sick with hypoglycemia, which is life-threatening.

Avoiding xylitol poisoning is easy. If you decide to give your canine companion a little bit of peanut butter out of the jar, all you need to do is check the label. If the ingredients contain xylitol, then don’t give it to them. On the other hand, if xylitol is not listed as an ingredient, then a little bit is okay to share with your doggo.

How to safely share peanut butter with your dog

If your vet gives you the go-ahead and the peanut butter doesn’t contain xylitol, added sugar, or is homemade with no extra ingredients, then there are a few safe ways to share this treat with your dog.

You can put a little peanut butter on your finger and let your dog lick it off. This is especially great to do if you need to distract them from something, like if you’re trying to trim their nails. Alternatively, you can let them lick a little bit from a spoon as a reward.

There are plenty of hollow toys for you to add small treats or spread peanut butter inside them. This is great mental stimulation for your doggo as they’ll need to work to get the peanut butter out of the toy. 

There are some other clever ways you can share this tasty snack with your pooch. It doesn’t involve giving them straight peanut butter, but you can make homemade dog treats flavored like peanut butter, like the recipes down below.

can dogs eat peanut butter

Can dogs peanut butter?

As long as the peanut butter doesn’t have added salt, sugar, or other ingredients such as xylitol, then peanut butter will be okay for your doggo to eat. Just be sure to give it as an occasional treat in small quantities so that your pooch doesn’t get sick from too much peanut butter. In the meantime, your doggo will surely enjoy this nutty treat!

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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