By Paul Ciampanelli
Yes. Dogs can eat peanut butter. It is generally safe, and it’s even a good source of protein, vitamins and healthy fats. But stick to all-natural peanut butter without added salt or sugar. It’s healthier. (That’s true for you, too, not just your dog.)
PEANUT BUTTER, YES. SPOONS, NO.
Be careful about how you feed peanut butter to your dog. Using a spoon may not be a good idea. According to PetMD, one veterinarian reported a story of an owner who was spoon-feeding peanut butter to her Alaskan Malamute, and the dog was
so excited about the creamy treat that it accidentally gulped down the entire spoon. Anyone who’s ever seen a dog go wild for peanut butter probably isn’t too shocked by that story.
CREAMY OR CRUNCHY PEANUT BUTTER?
Your dog probably isn’t as picky about mouthfeel as we may be when it comes to peanut butter, but you should have a preference on his behalf. If you have a choice, choose creamy peanut butter for Fido. Chunky varieties may present a choking hazard, especially for puppies. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
PEANUT ALLERGIES IN DOGS
Just like with humans, a few dogs may have peanut allergies, even though most dogs have no problems with peanuts. These allergies can even develop over time in dogs who once were able to eat peanut butter or other peanut products without issue. If your dog appears to have a bad reaction to eating peanuts at any time, contact your vet immediately.
PEANUT-SNIFFING LIFE SAVERS
Speaking of peanut allergies, some dogs are specially trained to help protect human children with this dangerous food allergy. Dogs are known to use their heightened sense of smell to detect all kinds of medical emergencies, like low blood sugar in diabetics and even cancer. Peanut-sniffing service dogs can detect even the slightest presence of peanuts, thus alerting someone with a life-threatening allergy.
A SPOONFUL OF PEANUT BUTTER HELPS THE MEDICINE GO DOWN
Many dogs love to eat peanut butter, but not a lot of dogs love to take medicine. Some dog owners use the former to solve the problem of the latter. Does your dog refuse to take his pill? Hide it in a glob of delicious peanut butter and watch him gobble it up.
A favorite technique of many dog owners for keeping their pooches occupied is to stuff a toy with peanut butter. A dog could spend hours playing with a peanut-butter-stuffed toy, licking to get at every last bit of the tasty stuff.
PEANUT BUTTER: A HIGH-VALUE DOG-TRAINING TREAT
When dog owners find themselves stuck while training a pooch to perform a certain trick or task, it may be that boring old biscuits just aren’t motivating enough as rewards. In these situations, experts recommend employing more “high value” treats like fresh meat or, yes, peanut butter to get results.
INTRODUCING DOGS AND BABIES … USING PEANUT BUTTER
Dog owners who are expecting children for the first time often have concerns about how to introduce a new baby to their trusty pooch. One way to make the transition easier? Peanut butter! PetMD suggests putting a little bit of peanut butter on baby’s fingers and letting the family dog sniff it out. “This will give the dog the idea that whenever this smelly kid is around, I get lots of good stuff,” says Stephanie LaFarge, PhD, director of counseling with the ASPCA. At the same time, the infant will grow accustomed at an early age to receiving affection from the dog.
courtesy of paw nation