For the most part, peanut butter can be awesome for dogs and most dogs LOVE it! Peanut butter is great as an occasional "high value" treat, it’s useful for hiding pills and it can even be used to distract your dog while giving them a bath or trimming their nails.
The good news? Most peanut and other nut butters are perfectly safe for your dog (in moderation, of course).
What Type of Peanut Butter is Best for Dogs?
Generally speaking, any peanut butter that doesn’t contain xylitol (or chocolate) should be fine for a dog. It can be a good source of protein and healthy fat for your dog — in moderation, of course. However, some peanut butters are healthier than others.
A lot of peanut butter you find on the shelves has good qualities when it comes to your dog, but probably contains preservatives and extra sugar that aren’t great.
Your best bet is to find peanut butter (or other nut butter) that is completely free of additives.
Some Peanut Butter are made exclusively for dogs and contain extra healthy ingredients like coconut oil or turmeric etc.
Not all Peanut Butter is safe
The not-so-good news? a few brands are actually sweetening their products with xylitol, a natural sweetener that is highly toxic to our canine companions.
Xylitol is used as a sugar substitute in a wide variety of products, including gum, candy, toothpaste and nasal spray. While the substance is perfectly safe for human consumption, even a small amount of xylitol can cause a rapid drop in blood sugar and liver failure in dogs.
When buying, check the ingredients
And read labels and ingredient lists carefully — don't assume that "all-natural" or "no artificial sweeteners" on the front label means it'll be safe for your dog. Xylitol is technically an "all-natural" sweetener!
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