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Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter?

By Colleen Williams
August 7, 2018 • 2 min. read
dog licking peanut butter off spoon

Yes! Dogs can eat peanut butter—it’s a vet-approved and canine-loved human snack.

Chock full of healthy fats, vitamins B and E, niacin, and protein, peanut butter is a favorite of most dogs. It’s also a favorite of most pet parents: they swear by filling a Kong toy with peanut butter to keep their dogs busy (and very happy!) for hours. So, in moderation, peanut butter is certainly a safe and delicious treat for your dog, excluding those furry friends with a peanut allergy.

Check your PB Label

There are some peanut butters that are not suitable whatsoever for pups, and some that are perfectly safe (and very much prized). Choose raw, unsalted, unsweetened peanut butter and keep the sweet, commercial stuff for yourself, especially the sugar-free and lite peanut butters, as they usually contain artificial sweeteners that can be extremely toxic to dogs.

Some flavored, high protein varieties of peanut butter contain xylitol, such as the “Nuts ‘n More” brand. It’s important to know that xylitol can be fatal if your dog ingests it. For dogs, xylitol consumption can shut down internal organs, cause seizures and lead to death. Some symptoms of xylitol poisoning include vomiting, shaking, weakness and difficulty walking, usually occurring 15-30 minutes after consumption. If you notice these signs, consult the Pet Poison Helpline immediately and get your pup to the emergency vet.

Prevent a possible tragedy by keeping processed, sweetened peanut butters out of your dog’s way.

Recipes with PB for Your Pup

While even a small teaspoon of peanut butter can make your pup’s day, there are plenty of homemade treats for the creative cooks in the bunch. Try these:

Optimal results will include tail-wagging, lots of kisses, and a couple very-full-belly rubs.

If you’re not sure what to share, Healthy Paws has a great list of foods that are safe and not safe for dogs.

The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical diagnosis, condition, or treatment options.

colleen williams
By Colleen Williams

Over the past decade, Colleen has written about health, wellness, beauty, and even pets for The New York Times, The Cut, Refinery29, xoVain, Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, and Seattle Met Magazine, as well as many beauty brands. She has a BFA in Art History from the University of New Mexico and an AAS in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design in New York.

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