I have yet to meet a dog who doesn't like the taste of peanut butter. Some dog parents wonder if peanut butter is good for dogs. The wonderful news is yes! Peanuts are nutritious and have a lot of benefits for dogs (and humans too).
Does your dog go nuts over peanut butter?
Yes? Mine too!
Isn't it great that a food that is so tasty is also good for health?
Peanuts are rich in monounsaturated fats, the type of healthy fats that we all (dogs included) need. In addition, peanuts are high in protein and fiber. They also contain high amounts of the B viamins (in particular, biotin, niacin, and folate), as well as minerals such as manganese, copper, and phosphorus.
Peanuts are also rich in antioxidants. The antioxidants that peanuts contain are especially good for the heart.
Bet you have heard of resveratrol, one type of polyphenol that red wine contains that has anti-aging and anti-cancerous properties, right? Guess what? Peanuts also contain a fair amount of resveratrol!
By feeding peanut butter to dogs, they can also benefit from all the goodies that peanuts have to offer. (There - all dogs are going to love me for writing this.)
All dogs, in particular, older dogs and dogs with heart problems, can benefits from the heart-supporting antioxidants in peanuts.
As mentioned above, resveratrol is anti-aging and may prevent cancer, so peanut butter may help our dogs live longer and healthier.
Peanuts are rich in niacin, and niacin-rich foods have been found to protect people against age-related cognitive decline. Peanuts may therefore protect dogs against canine cognitive dysfunction (doggie Alzheimer's).
As you can see, peanuts seem to be especially beneficial for older dogs, so make some peanut butter biscuits for your older dogs today! (My 15-year-old dog is smiling at me now!)
When giving peanut butter to your dog, make sure that the product does not contain sugar and salt. Get one that contains 100% organic peanuts.
Most dogs don't care whether it is smooth or crunchy - it's up to your own preference!
There are so many different ways to give peanut butter to dogs. For example, you can just give it "neat" to your dog as a quick treat, or slap some on a piece of apple, or stuff some in a Kong toy to keep your dog occupied while you are out of the house, and of course, peanut butter can also be added to baked treats such as cookies and muffins, and can be used to make dog treat icing.
Also, if your dog is on medication but is reluctant to swallow the pills, try hiding the pills in a dollop of peanut butter. He may just gulp everything down with no hesitation!
One word of caution about letting your dog lick peanut butter from a spoon. It may not be a good idea - especially for bigger dogs. I have read stories about dogs swallowing the whole spoon while trying to gulp down the peanut butter!
Most dogs do not have problems with peanuts, but a few dogs may develop peanut allergy. If you are feeding your dog peanut butter for the first time, give her a little to see if she shows any allergic reaction.
Also, peanuts contain measurable amounts of oxalates. Therefore, it may not be a good idea to give peanut butter to dogs who have, or are prone to, oxalate bladder stones.
Finally, beware of moldy peanuts. As in all moldy nuts, moldy peanuts contain aflatoxin, a poison produced by the mold. Aflaxtoxin is also a known carcinogen.