If you've seen the viral Tiktok where a woman puts peanut butter on her hair and lets her dog lick it to trim his nail, you might be wondering 2 things: Does it really work? And is peanut butter good for dogs to eat?
We can't help you with the first one till we have tried the hack ourselves. As for the latter, here is everything you need to know about letting your dog have peanut butter:
1. What type of peanut butter is good for dogs?
Most types of peanut butter is good for dogs. When given in moderation as a once-in-a-while “high value” treat, it can be an excellent source of vitamins B and E, niacin, healthy fats, and proteins.
As for which peanut butter is good for dogs? The unsalted kind is the best peanut butter for your dog. Read the label carefully to check that it contains no added preservatives, sugar or hydrogenated oils. Ideally, peanut butter for dogs should only have peanuts and salt as ingredients. You can find a homemade peanut butter recipe easily!
Make sure the peanut butter you buy does NOT contain Xylitol which can be deathly toxic to dogs. It’s used as a sugar substitute in sugar-free products like breath mints, candy, toothpaste, chewing gum, etc. It’s completely safe for humans but toxic for dogs.
Ensure that any product your dog is consuming is free of Xylitol, always check the ingredients label. Xylitol poisoning happens 10-60 minutes after consumption, take your dog to a veterinarian immediately if consumed.
2. How much peanut butter can dogs eat?
Peanut butter is only good in moderation. It’s a rich source of natural fats and protein, however, too much peanut butter in your dog’s diet can lead to obesity and health complications like pancreatitis.
If your dog has any food sensitivity issues refer to your vet about how much peanut butter to feed your dog. Generally, peanut butter is a treat, and treats should only make 10% of your dog’s diet.
So the occasional Kong filled with frozen peanut butter can be an amazing way to keep your dog occupied for hours and give them the benefits of this treat.
3. Is crunchy peanut butter good for dogs?
Yes, it’s very safe to give your dog crunchy peanut butter. Many people worry that crunchy peanut butter can be a choking hazard, this is, however, highly unlikely unless you’re giving a tiny puppy large amounts of crunchy peanut butter.
Since dogs are only recommended to eat a tablespoon of peanut butter, choking is highly unlikely.
4. What peanut butter is good for dogs?
There are many brands making peanut butter without Xylitol, sugar or hydrogenated oil. You can also give your dog the benefits of peanut butter by giving them treats that contain peanut butter if not raw peanut butter itself. Some amazing treats to take home for your dog:
That’s our blog! We hope you found it helpful. For more dog-favorite products visit The Dog Bakery.