Is It Safe For Dogs To Eat Peanut Butter?
Is peanut butter good for your dog? Is it safe for dogs to eat peanut butter?
Seriously, what dog doesn’t love peanut butter?
There is no denying that peanut butter is one of if not the most popular dog treats around.
My own dog can’t get enough peanut butter.
She loves it mixed with her kibble, or just off the spoon.
Peanut butter is an ingredient in a lot of dog treats we see every day on retail shelves. However, is peanut butter safe to feed your dog?
The answer may surprise you.
Here’s the lowdown on peanut butter for our four-legged fur buddies, and a safe alternative to commercially available peanut kinds of butter.
Health Benefits of Peanut Butter
While many commercial peanut butter brands are safe for dogs, not all types of peanut butter are safe and not all amounts of peanut butter are safe.
Let’s dig in, peanut butter is an excellent source of protein healthy fats, niacin, vitamins B, and E. Peanut butter is rich in vitamin B3, a supplement that helps improve flexibility and reduce inflammation.
Peanut butter contains plenty of healthy fats.
These fats are important for your dog’s skin. They help maintain healthy and well-balanced skin. It can also improve dry coats and irritated skin on your dog.
Niacin is beneficial for a healthy digestive tract. It is what produces stomach acids and bile, which are powerhouses to break down dangerous bacteria. Niacin is a core vitamin that helps in the breakdown of fatty acids by pets. When your dog is properly digesting healthy fats he ends up with healthy skin and a nice glow on his skin.
Vitamin B3 is also essential in helping your dog convert fats and carbohydrates into sources of energy. This is important especially for active dogs that need a lot of energy for exercising and playing.
Niacin is important for hormonal secretion in dogs. It catalyzes the production of antidiuretic hormone or vasopressin which promotes the optimal functioning of kidneys. Secondly, vitamin B3 triggers the production of corticotrophin-releasing hormones.
These are the hormones that trigger the release of corticosteroids which help your dog cope better with stress.
A third important hormone in your dog is oxytocin which aids in the production of milk.
Vitamin B3 is also essential in the production of growth hormones in your dogs. These are the hormones that will help your pooch develop into a strong and well-mannered adult dog.
Peanut butter contains high levels of antioxidants and can provide an energy boost to tired or lethargic dogs.
What Kind of Peanut Butter is Safe for Dogs?
Generally, most peanut butter that doesn’t contain xylitol sugar, a sugar substitute should be fine for dogs. It can be a good source of protein and healthy fat for your dog in moderation. However, some peanut butter is healthier than others.
A lot of peanut butter you find on the shelves has good qualities when it comes to your dog, but probably contains preservatives and extra salt and sugar that aren’t great. Your best bet is to find a peanut butter that has nominal or is completely free of additives and preservatives.
Before feeding your dog peanut butter, read the label and ingredient lists carefully; don’t assume that “all-natural” or “no artificial sweeteners” on the front label means it’ll be safe for your dog. Xylitol is classified as an “all-natural” sweetener, yet it’s deadly to dogs.
Active Dawg is all-natural peanut butter made from dry roasted peanuts the oil is then squeezed out and a minimal amount of salt and sugar added to aid in electrolyte balance. It’s a great source of protein, B and E vitamins, and healthy monounsaturated fats.
Active Dawg only uses farm-grown ingredients that are expertly roasted and sourced from farmers across the USA. The peanuts contain no GMOs or artificial additives.
The result is peanut butter that is extremely healthy and safe for our four-legged friends and with 90% less fat and approximately 70% fewer calories than traditional peanut butter.
Low Salt Peanut Butter
All-natural peanut butter that is low in salt, made from unsalted peanuts, and with the fat removed in processing is the safest bet to feed your pooch.
Natural unsalted peanut butter doesn’t contain excessive salt which can cause muscles and joints to lose needed fluids, shrivel, and become stiff, resulting in shaking and jerking.
Excessive salt intake causes brain cells to dry out as the body releases water from cells to dilute the salt in the bloodstream.
At this point, dehydration is imminent without the opportunity to drink enough freshwater, which brings more serious effects.
Salt poisoning will show as convulsions, coma, and untreated death. Salt poisoning is a serious concern that needs to be treated as the medical emergency it is.
Peanut Butter Is A Natural Food That is Rich In Antioxidants
Peanut butter contains basic vitamins and minerals, but it also contains plenty of other antioxidants, which have health benefits for your dog.
Peanut butter is an excellent source of antioxidants, including p-coumarin and resveratrol. These plant compounds have been linked to various health benefits in animals.
The antioxidant p-coumaric acid has been shown to curtail cartilage and bone erosion in arthritis in rats. (1).
Peanut butter contains resveratrol, you know resveratrol from the healthy benefits of grapes and red wine. Peanuts are an important dietary food source of resveratrol with potent antioxidant properties shown to reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular (heart), and Alzheimer’s disease, and delaying aging in animals (2, 3)
Resveratrol supplements have lengthened lifespan in animal studies. (4)
How Much Peanut Butter Can a Dog Safely Eat?
Just because a dog can eat peanut butter doesn’t mean you can give them as much as they want. You will need to consider the calories and the fat, and limit the amount you feed your dog.
Commercial peanut butter that you find on retail shelves is high in calories and fat. The rule of thumb is no more than 10% of your dog’s total daily calories should come from treats.
What Peanut Butter is Unsafe for Dogs?
Any peanut butter that contains the artificial sweetener Xylitol is highly poisonous to dogs and harms thousands of dogs each year. Today, there are still many people who are unaware of the severe danger that xylitol poses to dogs.
Why Xylitol Is Dangerous to Dogs
Xylitol is a sweetener that’s gaining in popularity because of its dental and limited health benefits for people with diabetes and control of blood sugar levels
You ingest Xylitol in gum and sugar-free snacks, and it’s used in some brands of peanut butter
Annually, thousands of dogs are poisoned by xylitol, as little as 1.37 grams of xylitol can cause a rapid drop in a dog’s blood sugar, basically the same as what happens with a diabetic suffering from hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia results in staggering, disorientation, collapse, and seizures in a 30-pound dog (5, 6).
If a dog of the same size ingested 6.8 grams, it could be enough to cause a debilitating and likely deadly destruction of the dog’s liver cells.
Look for an All-Natural Peanut Butter to feed your dog
If your dog is crazy about peanut butter, look for all-natural, unsalted, or lightly salted peanut butter that lists peanuts as the main ingredient, such as Active Dawg peanut butter powder.
Overall, peanut butter can be a healthy, low-fat treat for your dog and one that they truly enjoy. Here are a few Active Dawg peanut butter treat recipes for you to try.
Banana Peanut Butter Frozen Mash
- 3 cups low-fat plain yogurt
- ½ cup Active Dawg peanut butter powder
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 1 Banana
- Mash the banana up
- Combine all of the ingredients into a bowl and whisk together
- Pour mixture into ice cube tray
- Freeze for at least 3 hours
Grain-Free Peanut Butter Applesauce Treats
- 4 cups ground garbanzo bean flour
- 1/2 cup ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup Active Dawg peanut butter powder
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
- 1 cup water
- Combine and mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl
- Combine and blend all the wet ingredients in a blender and mix well
- Pour over flour and mix until smooth
- Grease or spray with Pam or olive oil lightly a 9×13 cookie sheet
- Put the cookie dough in the middle of the cookie sheet grease hands and smooth dough over the cookie sheet cut into desired size bake at 350 for 30 minutes
- This makes about 35 2 x 2-inch dog treats
If you want to add more fiber to the treats to help with anal glands, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of chopped dates or prunes to the mix.
Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Grain-Free Treats
- 1/2 cup of oats (or use flour amount, increase the amount by 1/4 cup)
- 3 cups of garbanzo flour (can be found at Whole Foods, most health food store or online)
- 1 cup of pumpkin
- 2 Tablespoons of Active Dawg Peanut Butter Powder
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tablespoon Active Dawg Chicken Bone Broth Powder mixed with 1 cup of warm water
- Combine all of the wet ingredients in a bowl and add the dry ingredients.
- Mix well, adding water as needed to become a workable dough.
- Roll or pat the dough out on a well-floured surface until about 1/4 thick.
- Cut into desired shapes and bake for approximately 30 to 35 minutes until browned and hard.
- Store in an air-tight container or freeze.
Frozen Peanut Butter Kibble:
- Fill a Kong toy 1/3rd full of kibble.
- Mix Active Dawg Peanut Butter Powder with water (see the amount of Active Dawg Peanut Butter Powder to use per dog weight on the product page).
- Add more dry kibble
- Add more mixed (with water) Active Dawg Peanut Butter until the Kong toy is full.
- Freeze until solid.