Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter?

August 27, 2019

Dog eating peanut butter

It is a common misconception that peanut butter is bad for your four-legged buddy, whereas it is actually among the people foods that are generally safe for dogs.

We say “generally” because some pooches might be slightly allergic to this treat, but more on that later in the article.

This might sound nuts, but despite their name, peanuts are actually a type of legume, rather than a nut. This means they are full of proteins and they provide healthy fats, as well as vitamins E and H, which are excellent for keeping your dog’s coat healthy and shiny.

Organic Vs. Non-Organic

This depends on the frequency of his intake. If your pup eats peanut butter quite rarely, the commercial non-organic creamy butter will do just fine. On the other hand, if he consumes this treat on a regular basis, it is probably best to give him organic peanut butter which doesn’t contain salt.

Too much salt can be rather harmful to your dog. Even though proteins and healthy fats are good for your buddy, he shouldn’t eat large doses of peanut butter. Even if you feed him organic, unsalted brand, keep it to about 1 teaspoon a day.

Allergic reactions

Although peanut butter is generally safe for your ball of fur, as we previously mentioned, some dogs might be allergic to peanuts.

Signs of peanut allergies include – gastric distress, skin irritation or hair loss. If you notice any of these or some other signs of possible intoxication after you gave him peanut butter, take him to the veterinarian immediately. He will be able to diagnose whether your pooch has peanut allergy and will help treat it properly.

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