Peanut butter is among the “people” foods that are generally safe for dogs to eat. Peanuts are a type of legume, rather than a nut, and are therefore rich in protein and contain healthy fats and vitamins E and H, which will help keep your dog’s coat healthy and shiny.
Because crunchy peanut butter has bits of peanuts that can be choking hazards, it’s best to stick to giving your four-legged pal creamy peanut butter. If you give your dog peanut butter very rarely, the commercial non-organic creamy brands will be fine. However, if your pooch eats peanut butter regularly, it is best to give him organic, unsalted peanut butter. Too much salt can be harmful to your dog's health. Peanut butter is also high in calories and fat, so even if you feed some to your dog every day, keep it to about 1 teaspoon a day. Speak to your dog's veterinarian to determine a recommended daily allowance that will keep your pooch's diet healthy and balanced.
Good for Your Dog, Good for You
Peanut butter can help contribute to your dog's healthy, shiny coat, and it can also contribute to your peace of mind, if you have to give your four-legged pal medication. Tuck your dog's medication into a bit of peanut butter, and place it onto his tongue toward the back of his mouth. Doing so will prevent cleverer pooches from getting wise to your scheme and eating the peanut butter around the medication and leaving the pill behind.
Keeping Him Occupied
Peanut butter might also benefit your dog if he suffers from separation anxiety. Stuff about 1 teaspoon of unsalted peanut butter into your pup's toy, such as a non-toxic, rubber, cone-shaped toy, mixing it with some dry food. Your dog will be preoccupied for a few hours, which will help ease his anxiety. Because the recommended daily allowance varies by your dog's weight, talk to your dog's veterinarian to determine what amount works best for your furry pal's daily, balanced diet.
While peanut butter is generally safe for dogs to eat, some dogs may have peanut allergies. Signs of peanut allergies in your pooch may vary, and include gastric distress, skin irritation or hair loss. If your dog presents any of these or other signs of possible intoxication after eating peanut butter, stop feeding him peanut butter and take him to the veterinarian, who will be able to diagnose a peanut allergy.
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