Yes, dogs can eat peanut butter. In fact, peanut butter is a popular snack flavor and enticement to get dogs to eat.
Peanuts, in general, are a healthy snack for dogs, but they also contain high levels of fat so feeding your dog peanuts should be limited to special occasions. When you do feed your dog peanuts, remember that moderation is important.
Packed with vitamins B6 and E, protein, and niacin, peanuts and peanut butter also provide a convenient dietary supplement, especially to increase protein intake. However, the problem with mass-produced peanut butter is that it is usually high in sugar, sodium, and fats. Feeding your dog too much peanut butter is irresponsible as it can easily lead to obesity, diabetes, and pancreatitis.
Moderation is the key. The best peanut butter you can feed your dog is low-fat, low-sodium peanut butter.
Homemade peanut butter is the best option because you can control the fat, sugar, and salt levels, but more importantly, you can be sure that the peanut butter does not include xylitol.
Toxic to dogs, xylitol has become an increasingly common ingredient in sugar-free products that are mass-produced by large companies. Sugar-free peanut butter, chewing gum, breath mints, candy, baked goods, and many more foods we eat every day are created using xylitol as a cheap substitute for sugar.
Xylitol poisoning can happen in just 10 minutes so owners should always read the ingredients of a product, especially peanut butter, to see if xylitol is included. If it is, do NOT feed it to your dog.
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