Why You Need to be Careful When Letting Dogs Eat Peanut Butter
These days, there are so many different varieties of peanut butter we can purchase off the shelves. Unfortunately, not all peanut butter products are safe for dogs to eat and it’s imperative for dog owners to check the product label before they let their dogs lick off some tasty peanut butter.
How peanut butter can make dogs sick
When checking the label of peanut butter products, there are a couple of things dog owners should look out for. First, check if the peanut butter is using any artificial sweeteners like xylitol. These sweeteners are toxic to dogs and it doesn’t take much for them to have an effect on a dog’s health. Xylitol, for example, can cause hypoglycemia in dogs. “Sugar-free” labels are usually an obvious sign that products use artificial sweeteners.
Next, check the amount calories and fat the peanut butter product contains. As a general rule of thumb, treats like peanut butter should be less than 10% of a dog’s daily calorie intake. Dogs that consume too much human food that are high in fat and calories are likely to suffer from various health problems including pancreatitis and obesity. This is why it’s important to limit the amount of peanut butter you let your dog eat.
Last but not least, check for the amount of sodium the peanut butter contains. Too much sodium is bad for dogs especially those with kidney issues.
Which peanut butter is safe for dogs
As a dog owner, your best bet is to look for a peanut butter product that’s unsalted and also doesn’t contain extra sugars and other potentially unhealthy additives. The safest options would be to either buy peanut butter made specifically for pets or to make your own homemade peanut butter! You would then know exactly what went into the peanut butter.
Want to know what else dog owners should be careful of aside from peanut butter? our human food list has it covered with 100+ human foods that are or aren’t safe for dogs to eat.
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