2 dogs eating peanut butter

Why Do Dogs Like Peanut Butter?

Peanut butter is a popular treat for dogs, and it’s fun and often hilarious to watch them eat it. Dogs are attracted to peanut butter because of its fat and sugar content as well as its novel texture.

Dogs are natural omnivores. They are attracted to a variety of flavors that would help them get balanced nutrition in the wild. Sweet flavors hint at a carbohydrate-rich meal, which would supply energy to a foraging animal. Fat and salt are also essential nutrients that dogs crave, and peanut butter supplies all of these characteristics.

Peanut butter is also cheap and commonly found in the home, so it’s a popular treat for pet owners to give their dogs. Since peanut butter is sticky and needs to be lapped up rather than a swallowed whole, it’s a good choice for treat balls and toys designed to keep a dog busy and occupied for a little while.

Is Peanut Butter Good for Dogs?

Dog trying to get some peanut butter

In moderation, most peanut butter is a safe treat for your dog. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. The first and most important is that some peanut butter is made with xylitol, an artificial sweetener that is deadly to dogs even in small amounts. You’ll want to check the ingredients of your peanut butter to ensure it’s xylitol-free before sharing any with your pet.

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You’ll also want to avoid chunky peanut butter as the pieces of peanut may present a choking hazard. Most dogs prefer the consistency of smooth peanut butter on their tongues as well.

The best choice is to provide your pet with creamy organic peanut butter. Single-ingredient peanut butter is best. Freshly ground peanut butter has the most nutrition and are healthiest for both you and your pet.

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In small quantities, peanut butter can be a very nutritious snack. It’s filled with vitamins E and H, and it contains healthy fats that can boost coat health. However, the high fat and calorie content in peanut butter can lead to obesity and even pancreatitis if fed too frequently or in high quantities. Just a teaspoon or two per day is more than enough for a treat.

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To get the most from your peanut butter, smear it in a thin layer on the inside of a hollow chew toy. This will give the dog more of a challenge and make the treat last longer, which can help to stave off boredom. In the summer, you can freeze the peanut butter-stuffed treat for added novelty and a “pupsicle” to help your dog keep cool.

Why Do Dogs Like Peanut Butter?

Last update on 2019-12-14

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