The short answer is yes, dogs can eat peanut butter. But there's a few things you need to consider before serving up this treat.
Dogs CANNOT eat all peanut butters
Many Peanut Butters found on supermarket shelves may contain Xylitol. This an artificial sweetener that's often used in foods to keep the product sugar-free. This ingredient is toxic to dogs and even eating small amounts can be fatal. If you are ever offered peanut butter (or peanut butter ice cream) for your dog, always ask to see the container and ensure that xylitol is NOT listed on the ingredients.
Ideally purchase doggie specific peanut butter like the Poochnut Peanut Butter For Dogs listed on our site. This is a 100% natural peanut butter, for your dog! A natural source of protein, made from quality peanuts with no added salt, sugar, sweeteners, additives, or palm oil.
How much can I feed my dog?
Peanut butter is high in calories and fat, so less is more.
As a guide:
½ teaspoon for a small dog, twice per day
1 teaspoon for a medium or large dog, twice per day
No more than 10% of your dog’s total calories per day should come from treats. If given as a treat, your dog will find a small amount just as thrilling as a large amount. Just licking the spoon makes our Barneys eyes light up. Always serve in moderation.
Can my puppy have peanut butter?
You should never feed peanut butter to a puppy under 6-weeks old. Even at 6-weeks it is advised to wait until your puppy is more developed as the oils and fats can be hard to digest.
If you are feeding this treat to your puppy, ensure you;
- Choose a smooth variety to avoid any risk of choking.
- Only serve in extremely small portions.
- Do not use as a daily treat. The level or protein and fat isn’t healthy for your puppy (or even older dogs) in large amounts.
Read more puppy information information over at Ruffle and Snuffle.
Three fun ways to use this tasty treat with your dog
1) Include in a Kong. Our Barney loves fruit, so we tend to blend lots of different fruit together, pour into a KONG, and finish off with a teaspoon of peanut butter. We then freeze the whole thing ready for when we require a cool snack which will keep him occupied.
2) Spread on a LickiMat. Have you tried a LickiMat yet? These are a great way to keep your pup entertained and slow down their feeding. You could also look to purchase a Bathtime Buddy Suction Lickmat. The suction cups stick to the side of the bath, and the licking sensation is proven to have calming properties as well as distracting from the bath time itself.
3) Medication – is there a pill or supplement your dog just won’t eat? Why not try coating it in an irresistible layer of the sticky stuff. This should disguise the smell and taste and make the whole task a lot less stressful all round.
Looking to treat your pampered pouch? Why not browse our full range of dog treats to find something perfect for them. We cater for all dietary requirements, from grain free and gluten free, so those mighty meaty lovers.
If your dog has allergies, is obese, has any special dietary requirements, or If you think your pet has eaten an excessive amount, always consult a vet.