Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter? How Dangerous Is It?

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Dogs can eat peanut butter, especially homemade ones. Their health improves when they consume peanut butter in moderation. 

When purchasing peanut butter to share with your dogs, choose brands without the Xylitol ingredient. [1] The sugar substitute ingredient is found in low or sugar-free products. 

Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter Safely?

Yes, most peanut butter is suitable for dogs to eat. Veterinarians advise that peanut butter is an excellent source of vitamins B and E, protein, healthy fats, and niacin when consumed in moderation. Read what my veterinarian says about peanut butter.

Peanut butter should be given as an occasional high-value treat. It’s great for distracting stubborn dogs when bathing them, trimming their nails or when you want to give them pills.

Plenty of peanut butter found on the shelves is dog friendly, the only problem is that they carry preservatives and extra sugar that isn’t healthy for your dogs. It’s wise to get peanut butter that has low or zero additives. 

Which is The best Peanut Butter for Dogs?  

Unsalted peanut butter and homemade peanut butter are the best for your dogs. Studies show that high-sodium levels can harm dogs.

To ensure the safety of your dogs, you should opt for homemade peanut butter that is sugar-free and doesn’t also have any other additives. 

Alternatively, you can make peanut butter at home and give your dogs a healthy treat. Below is a quick but healthy peanut butter recipe you can use to make your dogs tasty and healthy peanut butter treats. 

Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unsalted, roasted peanuts
  • 1 tsp. of safflower oil
  • 1 tsp. of honey
  • 1 tbsp. of chia seeds 

Directions: 

  1. Put the nuts into your blender. Select the high-speed setting and spin it until they reach the desired buttery consistency. Use a food processor if you prefer. 

Caution: When blending, the peanuts will go through different stages; they turn into a blob when being crushed; they later change into a peanut butter paste with a pie-dough-like consistency. 

Afterward, they change into a thicker paste, and after a few cycles, turn into a creamy texture which is the desired result. The process takes 3-4 minutes to have the oils released and turn the paste into butter. 

  1. If your dogs love crunchy peanut butter, add ½ a cup of peanuts into the paste and mix it well.
  2. Pur the mixture into an airtight container, seal it and refrigerate it. 
  3. You will get up two cups of peanut butter, and you can serve it for one or more months. 

Advice: To make the best paste, process the peanuts until they become creamy. If your blender becomes too hot before achieving this stage, switch it off, let it cool, and continue processing. 

How Much Peanut Butter Is Good for Dogs? 

Like any other treat, peanut butter should be served occasionally. Experts advise that you shouldn’t give more than 10% of daily calories in treats.

Refer to this table below to know the exact amount of peanut butter you should give your dogs.

Weight In Pounds Number of Tbsps. of Peanut Butter
30 lbs3/6 tbsp.
60 lbs1 tbsp.
80 lbs1 ½ tbsp.

Before serving your dogs peanut butter treats, you need to understand each dog’s overall health and diet.

Start by understanding the calorie intake for every dog and consider if each has achieved its ideal weight. 

How Do You Know The Right Amount of Calories To Feed Your Dogs? 

A majority of dogs require 20 to 40 calories per pound every day. The smaller the dog, the higher the number of calories per pound it needs.

The bigger the dog, the fewer calories a pound it needs. A dog weighing 40 pounds will require around 30 calories per pound per day. 

An active 40-pound dog will require around 1200 calories (40lbs x 30 calories per pound) every day. A dog weighing more than 80 pounds and is active requires 1600 calories (80lbs x 20 calories) per pound per day. 

Peanut butter and any other treat shouldn’t exceed 10% of your dogs’ daily calories intake. Use treat calculators to know the number of treats you should give out daily. 

If you have a 40-pound dog who consumes 1200 calories daily, feed them only 120 calories (1 ½ tbsp.) of peanut butter as a treat. 

How Do You Serve Your Dog Peanut Butter? 

There isn’t a formula to feedings your dogs’ peanut butter. You can smear it on your fingers, stuff it into hollow bones or chew toys or drop a scoop or two into their bowls.

To make the amount of peanut butter you serve last, you can spread it inside chew toys or hollow bones and let your dogs enjoy a whole afternoon trying to lick the peanut butter. 

Check out 7 Kong Stuffing Recipes to find out how you can stuff peanut butter in your dog’s chewing toy.

Spreading some into hollow bones is a way to keep your dogs occupied for a while as they try to get each drop. Frozen peanut butter treats are great for food puzzles and interactive feeders. 

Is Peanut Butter Good For Hiding Dog Pills? 

Any dog owner knows how quickly their dog sniffs out any pill. The idea is to disguise drugs well enough for them to gulp them without noticing. 

Pegged on the dog’s size and the pill, peanut butter proves to be a great agent for hiding pills. Place the tablet on a spoon, cover it well with enough peanut butter and let your dog scoop it all. 

For clever dogs, spread peanut butter on a piece of bread (same size as your thumb), insert the pill, fold the bread until it covers the medication. Dip the piece in peanut buttercream and shove it down your dog’s mouth. The dog will swallow it without thinking! 

Why is Xylitol Bad For Dogs? 

A lot of peanut butter is safe. However, several manufacturers use Xylitol sweetener (a sugar substitute) common in baked goods, toothpaste, chewable vitamins, chewing gum, and breath mints. It’s safe for human consumption but toxic for dogs. 

When consumed by dogs, this artificial sweetener leads to a rapid insulin release in dogs which causes their blood sugar levels to deplete. If unchecked, this can lead to fatality. 

Hypoglycemia (the scientific name) is a condition that can take place 10-to-60 minutes after Xylitol consumption, depending on the size of the dog. Whenever you purchase peanut butter, check the label to see whether it contains Xylitol, especially if you want to feed it to your dogs. 

At all times, keep peanut butter and other treats out of reach and educate other household members about the dangers of Xylitol on dogs. 

In the event, your dogs eat Xylitol, get in touch with your vet immediately. Look out for symptoms such as weakness, seizures, staggering, lack of coordination, and collapsing. 

Are There Safe Peanut Butter Alternatives For Dogs? 

Yes, other types of butter are suitable for your dogs. Cashew butter is excellent for dogs. However, observe portion controls since this butter is fatty, and too much of it can cause obesity.  

Almond butter is great for dogs and makes a wonderful treat. NEVER feed your dog Nutella!

It contains small amounts of cocoa powder (chocolate) which is toxic to dogs when consumed in large quantities. Although it has small amounts of cocoa, it’s not worth the risk. 

The Bottom Line

Yes, they can eat it. Give them peanut butter, especially homemade, in moderation. Remember to calculate their calorie intake against their body weight.

We actually wrote an article where we talked about How Much Should I Feed My Dog? that will help you find out the correct quantity of food your dog should eat.

Go ahead and serve your fur kids some delicious peanut butter and watch them enthusiastically wag their tails.  

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Andrei Bratu
Andrei is the owner of Dog Food Camp and manages the team of expert writers on the site. He is passionate about helping dog lovers learn about canine nutrition.

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