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Is Peanut Butter OK for Dogs?

By Kerry
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Is peanut butter ok for dogs

Although it’s delicious, peanut butter can contain a lot of additives that can make it pretty unhealthy a lot of the time.

Bearing this in mind, new dog parents might be wondering: is peanut butter ok for dogs?

In this article, I cover all things dogs and peanut butter, so you can make an informed decision when it comes to giving your pooch a snack.

Keep reading to find out more.

When feeding your dog peanut butter you must know that peanut butter can contain harmful additives, including the chemical compound xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar-free sweetener that is extremely toxic to dogs, with even the smallest amount often being fatal.

Is Skippy peanut butter ok for dogs?

Although Skippy peanut butter is technically safe for dogs to eat as it doesn’t contain xylitol, it does contain additives that you probably won’t want to be feeding your dog regularly. This is down to the fact that Skippy peanut butter contains a tonne of added sugar, salt, and palm oil which makes it an unhealthy option for your pooch.

Additives such as these can upset your pooch’s balanced diet if they’re given to them regularly, and could even induce health conditions such as diabetes and obesity if you’re not mindful about feeding them to your dog in moderation.

That being said, if you wish to feed them Skippy peanut butter, look for their Natural series. These recipes have significantly fewer additives when compared to the original variety, though they are still not as healthy as those that simply contain peanuts in their peanut butter.

If you do want to give your dog peanut butter, I suggest you give them a natural one that is healthier and contains nothing other than ground peanuts.

Is Adams peanut butter ok for dogs?

Yes, Adams 100% natural unsalted peanut butter is safe for dogs to eat in moderation. Generally speaking, any peanut butter that doesn’t contain xylitol or chocolate should be okay for a dog. While rarely fatal, chocolate ingestion can result in significant illness in dogs. That being said, you should always avoid giving your pooch chocolate peanut butter.

While natural peanut butter can be a good source of protein and healthy for your dog, it’s important that you only give it to them in moderation, of course. However, some peanut butters are much healthier than others. It is worth mentioning that you need to read the ingredient lists carefully. Just because a product claims or is marketed to be healthier, doesn’t mean that this applies to your dog’s health.

Bearing this in mind, you can’t assume that ‘all-natural’ or ‘no artificial sweeteners’ on the front label means it’ll be safe for your dog. Xylitol is technically an ‘all-natural’ sweetener but is actually toxic and lethal for dogs to ingest.

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Can Boston Terriers eat peanut butter?

Yes, it is safe for Boston Terriers to eat peanut butter, provided that it doesn’t contain xylitol or chocolate. However, it is crucial to know the importance of feeding your Boston Terrier a healthy, balanced diet. While it might be tempting to reward your cute pup with a treat, offering too many treats can be highly detrimental to your Boston Terrier’s health.

Unfortunately, similarly to people, your Boston Terrier is prone to weight gain when their caloric intake exceeds the number of calories that they are burning off. That being said, you won’t want to be feeding them this nutty treat too often, as your dog could develop the serious health issue, obesity.

Obesity has many serious consequences, and once your dog becomes obese, they can be more susceptible to diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. That being said, it is important to keep your Boston Terrier’s weight within a healthy range and monitor what they are eating.

Bearing this in mind, the question isn’t can Boston Terriers eat peanut butter, but rather should they?

Can Maltipoos eat peanut butter?

Yes, like Boston Terriers, it is safe for Maltipoos to eat dog-friendly peanut butter. That being said, whether you choose to feed your dog peanut butter is a different story altogether.

This is because peanut butter, although delicious, can promote unhealthy weight gain. Just because you choose to shop for organic peanut butter, doesn’t make it a healthy snack for your dog. Taking this into account, if you’re going to feed them any type, organic peanut butter is the way to go.

It is also worth noting that peanut butter is full of lectins, which can cause inflammation in your dog. Monitoring your dog’s diet and ensuring that they are getting enough exercise is incredibly important to their health and development. While it might be a nice once in a while treat, peanut butter should not be given to your Maltipoo on a regular basis.

Why does dogs like peanut butter?

Dogs like peanut butter for the same reason that we like peanut butter! It’s creamy and delicious and makes an excellent treat.

A lot of owners like to put dog-friendly peanut butter inside of a KONG and make a game out of it for their pooch. Not only is this stimulating for your pup, but they also receive a delicious treat at the end of their fun game, too. This can create a positive association with the treat that isn’t just to do with its tasty, nutty flavor.

That being said, the answer to why dogs like peanut butter might not have just one answer. It might be a little bit of everything: salt, sugar, fat, and protein. Alongside this, it’s wholly different to what they’re used to eating on a regular basis, so it also breaks up the monotony of their diet.

All things considered, peanut butter should only be given to your dog as a treat and as part of a balanced diet. A dog’s nutrition is fundamental to their growth and development, and peanut butter can be packed full of additives that your dog could do without eating regularly.

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Kerry White is an avid dog lover and writer, knowing all there is to know about our furry friends. Kerry has been writing for PetDT for three years now, wanting to use her knowledge for good and share everything she can with new dog owners.Kerry has two dogs herself - a German shepherd called Banjo and a chocolate labrador called Buttons. Kerry knows more than anyone how adjusting to new life with a puppy can turn your life upside down, and she wants to ease some of the burdens through her articles.