Dogs love treats of all kinds. Peanut butter is one of the most popular dog treats. It’s a great treat for hiding pills or an occasional special treat.
How much do you really know about peanut butter for your dog? Do you know the difference between good and bad nuts? Do you know which nut butters are safe for your dog?
Best Peanut Butter For Dogs
Not all peanut butter is equal. What types of peanut butter is safe for your dog? Try a DIY nut butter recipe made from almonds.
You can make a simple Maple Almond Butter recipe. It’s a sugar-free, salt-free recipe from simple ingredients: almonds**, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
** (NOTE: Not all almonds are equal. Regular or sweet almonds are not toxic to dogs. But bitter almonds can be toxic. Use sweet almonds if you make almond butter for you and your dog). **
A quick reminder to please feed your dog in moderation when it comes to any kind of treats.
ALWAYS READ THE LABEL before you feed peanut butter to your dog.
Avoid any products with Xylitol, chocolate, sugar, salt, palm oil, soybeans, or extra preservatives.
And avoid peanut butter labeled “all natural” or “no artificial sweeteners.” These chemicals are not safe for your dog. Remember that technically, Xylitol is an “all natural” sweetener!
You can also find good peanut butter with simple ingredients: peanuts. Crazy Richard’s 100% Peanuts! is one you can try.
If you want to be worry-free about peanut butter, DIY and use a decent blender or food processor. Find a simple nut butter recipe online.
Worst Peanut Butter For Dogs
What’s the worse food you can give your dog? Any food with xylitol.
Even a small amount of food with xylitol is poisonous to your dog. Xylitol is a sugar-replacement sweetener, “all natural” sugar substitute in over 700 food products, including peanut butter. Again, avoid any products with Xylitol, chocolate, sugar, salt, palm oil, soybeans, or extra preservatives.
Always read the food label on any products before feeding your dog. Save your dog’s life and avoid these nut-flavored spread or peanut butter brands that contain xylitol:
You can find a longer list of nut and peanut flavored butters with xylitol here. When selecting a peanut-flavored product, keep these xylitol-containing brands far away from your dog.
No Peanut Butter For Dogs?
But one source did not recommend peanut butter for your dog for three reasons:
- Most peanut butter contains trans-fatty acids, a highly toxic food substance. Trans-fatty acids are the result of a toxic process to preserve foods through hydrogenation (add a nickel catalyst, heat then remove the nickel catalyst).
- Most peanut butter contains aflatoxins, a naturally-occurring mycotoxin from fungus (Aspergillus). Aflatoxins are present in peanuts and aflotoxins cause cancer.
- Most peanut butter contains some type of sugar. Avoid any sugary foods for your dog. Sugar can make your dog sick with parasites, bacteria, diabetes, food allergies, and cancer.
You make the call on what you feed your doggy. If you’re worried about peanuts, here’s list of good and bad nuts:
Good nuts for dogs:
- Hazel nuts
- Almonds (sweet)
Bad nuts for dogs:
- Macadamia nuts
- Brazil nuts
- Pistachio nuts
- Hickory nuts
- Almonds (bitter almonds)
If You Give Your Dog Peanut Butter…
Pet parents should know that the rule of thumb for peanut butter (or any other treat): No more than 10% of your dog’s daily calories in treats.
- For small dogs, about 1/2 tablespoon a day.
- For large dogs, about 1 tablespoon a day.
If you’re still not sure about peanut butter, here’s an article for more information.
Get creative! Try your hand at making a peanut butter alternative treat for your dog.
Thanks for reading,
Dr. Pet Mom
“Every dog deserves a home. Not every home deserves a dog.”