Is Peanut Butter Good For Dogs?

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Your furry friend might be family to you, but we certainly cannot share every part of our diet with them. We need to be aware of what they are eating. While we need to keep them away from human food that is harmful to them, such as chocolate, we also need to ensure that whatever they are being fed is healthy for them as well. That makes us wonder about several foods, such as peanut butter. Is peanut butter good for dogs? Let’s find out.

Is Peanut Butter Good for Dogs?

Peanut butter is essentially peanut paste, possibly with some added elements for the purpose of flavor. The additional natural ingredients could include sugar, salt, honey, and even a combination of other nuts. This is usually true about the organic, natural, or homemade varieties of peanut butter, which are usually made without additional preservatives. These kinds of nut butters are usually considered safe for dogs.

A dog licking peanut butter from the fingers of a person holding a peanut butter jar

Dogs can eat peanut butter as long as it is fed in moderation and does not contain xylitol. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Nutrition Facts

Peanut butter, smooth style, without salt
Serving Size :
NutrientValue
Water [g]1.23
Energy [kcal]598
Energy [kJ]2501
Protein [g]22.21
Total lipid (fat) [g]51.36
Ash [g]2.89
Carbohydrate, by difference [g]22.31
Fiber, total dietary [g]5
Sugars, total including NLEA [g]10.49
Sucrose [g]10.25
Glucose (dextrose) [g]0.13
Fructose [g]0.12
Starch [g]3.56
Calcium, Ca [mg]49
Iron, Fe [mg]1.74
Magnesium, Mg [mg]168
Phosphorus, P [mg]335
Potassium, K [mg]558
Sodium, Na [mg]17
Zinc, Zn [mg]2.51
Copper, Cu [mg]0.42
Manganese, Mn [mg]1.67
Selenium, Se [µg]4.1
Thiamin [mg]0.15
Riboflavin [mg]0.19
Niacin [mg]13.11
Pantothenic acid [mg]1.14
Vitamin B-6 [mg]0.44
Folate, total [µg]87
Folate, food [µg]87
Folate, DFE [µg]87
Choline, total [mg]63
Betaine [mg]0.8
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) [mg]9.1
Tocopherol, beta [mg]0.52
Tocopherol, gamma [mg]7.62
Tocopherol, delta [mg]0.74
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) [µg]0.3
Fatty acids, total saturated [g]10.33
14:0 [g]0.02
15:0 [g]0.01
16:0 [g]4.74
17:0 [g]0.05
18:0 [g]2.18
20:0 [g]0.72
22:0 [g]1.7
24:0 [g]0.73
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated [g]25.94
16:1 [g]0.03
16:1 c [g]0.03
17:1 [g]0.03
18:1 [g]24.81
18:1 c [g]24.77
20:1 [g]0.58
22:1 [g]0.05
22:1 c [g]0.04
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated [g]12.54
18:2 [g]12.26
18:2 n-6 c,c [g]12.22
18:2 CLAs [g]0.01
18:3 [g]0.03
18:3 n-3 c,c,c (ALA) [g]0.03
18:3 n-6 c,c,c [g]0
20:2 n-6 c,c [g]0.01
20:3 [g]0.01
20:3 n-3 [g]0.01
20:4 [g]0.02
Fatty acids, total trans [g]0.08
Fatty acids, total trans-monoenoic [g]0.05
18:1 t [g]0.04
22:1 t [g]0
18:2 t not further defined [g]0.03
Fatty acids, total trans-polyenoic [g]0.03
Tryptophan [g]0.23
Threonine [g]0.53
Isoleucine [g]0.62
Leucine [g]1.55
Lysine [g]0.68
Methionine [g]0.27
Cystine [g]0.23
Phenylalanine [g]1.2
Tyrosine [g]0.83
Valine [g]0.78
Arginine [g]2.77
Histidine [g]0.56
Alanine [g]0.92
Aspartic acid [g]3.05
Glutamic acid [g]5.09
Glycine [g]1.44
Proline [g]1.41
Serine [g]1.48
Sources include : USDA

What Peanut Butter is Bad for Dogs?

While this gives you a choice of peanut butters that can be healthy for your dogs as well as you, there are some that should be kept off the pet food shelf. When selecting for your dog, be careful about the following ingredients in peanut butter:

  • Xylitol: This is a sugar alcohol usually used as a substitute for sugar. You are bound to find it in your sugarless chewing gum or breath mints, which is also something you shouldn’t give your beloved pet. The ingredient is absorbed more quickly in their bloodstream as compared to humans. This can lead to hypoglycemia, following a rapid release of insulin.
  • Chocolate: Cocoa products such as chocolate are bad for dogs. It could lead to theobromine poisoning in dogs, which could be fatal. The symptoms could include excitement, restlessness, increased heart rate, increased urination, and seizures. While it is not the norm, chocolate might find a place in some peanut butter, especially the ones for kids.

These are the peanut butter treats that are exclusive to dogs. Apart from that, it can be safe to assume that if the peanut butter is safe for you, it is safe enough for your dog. There have been no documented cases of peanut butter allergies in dogs.

Is Peanut Butter Healthy for Dogs?

Is peanut butter good for dogs? It is understood better by not only knowing whether it is safe or not, but also whether it healthy and if so, how healthy?

Peanut butter is a source of protein, some good fats, and fiber as well. So, it is generally healthy. However, make sure to give it in moderation.

It is also a great way to distract them and feed them medicines by hiding pills in a dollop of peanut butter.

However, it is best to use peanut butter made at home, where you can be sure of the ingredients used. This ensures a healthy treat for your pets.

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Prachee is a content writer for Organic Facts and is responsible for writing on the latest wellness trends. A former Journalism & Media teacher, she prides herself on being able to seamlessly dabble between health, science, and technology. She has completed her Masters in Communication Studies from the University of Pune, India as well as an online course on “Introduction to Food and Health” from Stanford University, US. Prachee fancies herself to be a poet and a cook when the rare lightning of inspiration strikes.

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