In celebration of Peanut Butter Lover’s Month we wanted to bring attention to this tasty treat and answer the commonly asked question, “Is peanut butter safe for my dog?”
Rather than a simple yes, there are a few important factors to look into before you share your love of peanut butter with your furry family members.
- Look for peanut butter labeled “raw” and “unsalted”. Make sure to avoid any product with the ingredient xylitol, a type of sweetener very poisonous to dogs. Currently, there are at least 5 peanut butter brands on your supermarket shelves containing xylitol. Xylitol causes a rapid release of insulin and a decrease in blood sugar levels all within 60 minutes of consuming just a small amount. It’s healthier and safer to stay away from any peanut butter with any type of additional sweetener.
- Moderation is key. Peanut butter should be treated like a treat, the occasional small amount will be appreciated but you never want to make it a main part of their diet. Too much of this healthy fat can lead to problems such as obesity and diabetes.
- Consult your veterinarian beforehand. Your veterinarian knows your pet’s health and diet and can help to provide guidance what is best for their individual well-being.
- A little peanut butter can go a long way (and can keep them busy). Fill a Kong toy with a spoonful of peanut butter and let is sit in the freezer to harden. You can use this as a tool for good behavior or as a way to keep your pup content and distracted from other tasks or visitors.
- Control your ingredients by making some homemade tasty treats, click here for one of the easiest recipes we found for homemade peanut butter dog biscuits.
- Contact the Animal Poison Control Center (855-764-7661) if your dog eats anything that is poisonous or if they are having any reaction to their food. The fees associated with this call are covered with PetFirst Pet Insurance.
PetFirst Pet Insurance is here to help cover the costs of diagnosis and treatments involving claims associated with the ingestion of poisonous substances. Get a quote today for your pet and begin having peace of mind should something small or large occur.