Yes, you can feed your dog Peanut Butter.
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First, let me dispel the myth that it can kill your dog.
This is one of those foods that you will hear two different opinions. However, peanut butter is on the safe list of human foods dogs can eat.
The peanut butter you want to give your dog is the organic, raw, and unsalted brand. Which now a days you can easily find at most grocery stores. As more and more people are looking for foods that are organic with fewer additives: grocery stores now carry the organic, raw, unsalted peanut butter.
Be sure that the peanut butter does not contain any sugar or other preservatives; this is why we want to get the organic, raw unsalted version.
This week series of Dogs: Healthy Food, Healthy Dog, Happy Dog – Peanut Butter. Let’s look at what is in peanut butter that can benefit your dog.
Peanut Butter Benefits
Peanut Butter is a tasty and healthy treat that you can offer your dog. It doesn’t contain everything your dog needs for optimum health, but it has some additional benefits that can help your dog.
Peanut Butter contains Vitamin E, H, protein, magnesium, fiber, Folate, just to name a few
We know this is good for the immune system. That being said it can help against sickness and diseases.
AKA Biotin. Yes, Biotin is part of the B complex vitamin series or B7, but it is more commonly called Biotin. I even take Biotin myself because it helps my skin, hair, and nails. Dogs benefit from Biotin in a different ways. It aids in digestion, growth, and muscle formation.
If your dog suffers from skin problems, it could be a lack (or deficiency of Biotin). This is something that you really have to check with your vet, before just providing your dog with a Biotin supplement. Peanut Butter does contain Biotin, but not in the amounts that vitamin supplements would have.
This is also good information to help you be an advocate for you dog when it comes to vet visits. The more you know, the more questions you are able to ask your vet.
Here is the disclaimer: Always, always, check with your vet before introducing a new food to your dog. Your vet has your furry family member’s records, and will know what he or she could be allergic to, and what could cause harm. With that said, I can now move on to the good stuff.
In earlier posts, we discussed fiber, both soluble and insoluble fiber. In the post Healthy Food, Healthy Dog, Happy Dog – Oatmeal and, in the article – Are we killing our dogs and ourselves, explains the benefits of fiber.
AKA Folic Acid – is also part of the B vitamin sector B9. According to Vetbook.org it is and important vitamin essential for cell replication and growth. Which we also talked about in the post, Healthy Food, Healthy Dog, Happy Dog – Bananas.
You can also read more about the need for Folic Acid – Vitamin B9 for dogs, at RawToTheBones.com. Dogs do not produce this, and it needs to be supplied through their diet.
This helps their cells metabolize the B complex vitamins. This is why you will usually find magnesium included in foods that contain B vitamins. You will also find more information on this in the blog post Are we killing our dogs and ourselves?
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We all know that our dogs need protein. Peanut Butter is a yummy protein most dogs enjoy. Ever put peanut butter in a Kong® and give it to your dog? I know that will keep them busy for a long time, licking every bit of the peanut butter out.
May I suggest a towel when you give the peanut butter filled Kong®. Personal experience tells me it gets messy.
Peanut butter is also a great way to slip your dog his or her pill. Bury that pill in a big spoonful of peanut butter and problem solved, pill gone. It’s worked for me with my dog.
You can see peanut butter is safe for dogs, but, and there is always a but. I decided to investigate a little more. I discovered some additional information on Preventive Vet (see below).
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I mentioned earlier in this post about being sure that you get organic, raw, unsalted peanut butter. The article that you will find on Preventive Vet (below) will explain in more detail. (The link to the article is below.) If you would like to give your dog some yummy peanut butter inside one of their Kong® toys or hollow rubber ball.
Please read this article from Preventive Vet (below) so you know what you are looking for in the peanut butter you give to your dog.
You are well aware of the new fancy spreads that are out there; you must beware of the ingredients.
Article on Preventive Vet: Is Peanut Butter Safe For Dogs? Please Beware- Some Could Be Deadly!
There is also a link in the above article, to making your own homemade peanut butter for you and your dog. If you’re the kind that likes to make food for your dog, you’re going to love this recipe, it looks really yummy.
I also found quick YouTube video from Petfoodia “Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter?”
I hope you are enjoying this series on Dogs: Healthy Food, Healthy Dog, Happy Dog. I really hope your dog is enjoying the human food that they get to eat. Just take a picture of your dog when he or she is sharing food with you. Now that’s what I call a treat face. (Do not do this at the dinner table – that’s just the dog trainer in me coming out.)
This is my Dog Mary and this is her treat face.
Now for an update: I have tried to give Mary a banana, and that’s a no go. So far, every healthy human food I have written about, that is good for dogs, Mary has refused. Now if I make this in a mixture and add it to her food, she’ll eat every bit of it, as long as it’s not cold. She’s old so I’ll let her be in her ways. I know she likes peanut butter, that’s the one thing I have given her before and used it to give her pills.
Mary has also completed her transition over to the AvoDerm® Natural Revolving Menu Dog Food, and is eating it everyday. She loves it, and I am looking forward to the healthy effects it will have on her.
I would love to hear from you about human foods your dog enjoys eating, or even foods that you would like me to investigate if they are safe for your dog to eat.
Until Next Time
Paws & Wags,
Suzanne Dean, ABCDT & Mary Dog
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