Is it safe to feed your dog peanut butter?

Peanut Butter

Is it safe to feed your dog peanut butter?

There are several websites that recommend peanut butter as a treat, toy, or tip for your dog because so many dogs adore it.

Like any other kind of food, moderation is the key. Knowing what you are feeding your pet is essential, so make sure to read the label.

Even peanut butter has its limitations. A peanut butter that is 100% natural and organic is recommended. Raw peanut butter is packed with healthful monounsaturated fats, protein, and vitamins B and E. There are some peanut butters on the market that aren’t 100% natural and may have added substances like the artificial sweetener Xylitol.

For dogs, this can be a lethal hazard. Xylitol poisoning is more common in dogs than chocolate poisoning, according to studies.

Don’t be fooled by claims of “all natural” or “nothing artificial” on the front of the package; always check the ingredients list on the back to be sure. Homemade peanut butter is easy to create; just toss a few handfuls of unshelled peanuts into a food processor.

What are the symptoms of Xylitol poisoning?

  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty walking or standing
  • Over failure
  • Shaking or seizures
  • Decreased activity level

If your dog is experiencing symptoms, seek medical advice as soon as possible.

So how much is too much peanut butter?

Remember the early advice: moderation in all things.   Overfeeding a dog can induce gastrointestinal distress, pancreatitis, and even obesity. Depending on the size of your dog, you shouldn’t give them more than a half tablespoon of peanut butter every day, while larger dogs should get no more than a tablespoon. Because of its high fat and calorie content, peanut butter should be reserved for special instances.

Dogs can develop allergies just like humans do. Although cases of peanut allergy in dogs are extremely rare and have not been well documented, it is still important to take precautions if your dog has never been exposed to peanut butter before.

The following are some signs that your dog may be experiencing allergy-related symptoms:

  • Hives or swelling of certain areas (eyes/mouth)
  • Rapid breathing or difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Severe itchiness
  • Collapse

To sum up, it’s not true that all peanut butter is bad for dogs. You should avoid feeding your dog fatty or high-calorie items by carefully reading the labels. It is recommended that treats and snacks account for no more than 10% of a pet’s daily caloric intake.

Your pet’s health depends on you providing them with a diet that takes into account their age, breed, amount of exercise, and other factors.

Research and consult with your local veterinarian and pet specialist if you are unsure as to what foods are appropriate for your canine companions.