Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter?
You should always separate jars of peanut butter, one for human and one for pet consumption. Your dog will not be licking peanut butter straight out of a jar, but having a designated “pet” jar minimizes potential bacteria and contamination. I do recommend that all pet owners’ keep an eye on food recall, including salmonella and other contaminants.
Aflatoxin, produced by particular fungi, contaminates grains and nuts before harvest or during storage. Pet owners can reduce the risk of an aflatoxin contamination at home by storing peanut butter in the refrigerator. Proper storage reduces rancidity of all natural peanut butter.
Another way to reduce contamination and keep the product fresh is to freeze it, or to buy the smallest jar available. Your dog should not eat peanut butter on a daily basis anyway, so a small jar will be plenty when fed as a snack.
A lot of pet owners ask if they should buy chunky or creamy style peanut butter. I always recommend the creamy kind as the safest. Chunky peanut butter can be a choking hazard, especially for puppies. Another hazard of peanut butter is that it sticks to the roof of their mouth and some dogs may struggle with that.
Food allergies are another concern when it comes to feeding dogs peanut butter. Signs of an allergic reaction to peanut butter would include itching, skin irritation, ear infection, biting and loss of hair. Avoid giving your dog peanut butter or treats containing peanut butter if the pet is experiencing any food allergies. Stop giving your dog peanut butter if there is diarrhea or vomiting.
Other Uses of Peanut Butter With Dogs
Pet owners find that peanut butter is useful in administering medicine or getting their dog to calm down for some time. A dog toy filled with peanut butter will keep your dog busy, especially if you have company over and your dog is harassing the guests.
Of course, peanut butter can also be consumed in the form of a simple treat. Many brands of dog food sell peanut butter treats. The small ones are great as training treats, while the large ones are great as a snack! I love stuffing large peanut butter treats into a Kong to keep my dog busy for hours at a time. Because most dogs seem to like the taste of peanut butter, the favorite sandwich spread is a popular filling for any chew-style rubber dog toys.
I love homemade peanut butter recipes. It is an awesome way to bond with your dog because you can make them snacks for a dog party or a special day. Here are a couple of recipes that I love.
Peanut Butter Popsicles By the Humane Society
- In a small mixing bowl, combine peanut butter with a little water or half a mashed banana. (The water and banana aren’t essential but help with freezing consistency.)
- Line an ice cube tray or cookie sheet with wax paper. (You don’t have to use the paper, but it can make prying the cubes out easier.)
- Spoon the mixture into the cubes, or drop onto the tray just like you would cookie dough.
- Freeze. If you need to reuse the tray right away, pop out the cubes and store them in a bag or container in the freezer.
- Serve. Turn any hot dog into a happy camper.
I love this treat recipe as a pug-owner. Pugs are known to overheat during the summer if they are out for a 30-minute walk and one of these always cools mine down!
There are so many amazing peanut butter treats in the market. Some of our favorites are Zuke’s, Gooberlicious Dog Treats that can be broken into four pieces and used throughout the day to tempt the pug and of course, Greenie Peanut Butter Pill Pockets.
Always talk to a veterinarian before giving a new treat to your dog. I had to talk to mine to figure out how much to give my dog who is only 17 pounds. I can only give up to one teaspoon a week (at least that’s what she said was recommended) but if you have a 60-pound boxer, you might be able to give a lot more!
In conclusion, yes, dogs can eat peanut butter. They love it, and you should be fine feeding some to them as long as it is monitored and done in moderation.