Is Peanut Butter Okay for Dogs?

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Is roasted honey nut peanut butter OK for my German Shepherd to eat?

By Millie from Yucaipa, CA

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By Mary 82 95 Flag

April 5, 2011

Hi Millie, Recently my son sent me a story that a vet wrote to aware people of foods that are toxic to dogs. He tried saving a dog who had got into a box of raisins. Unfortunately the dog died and the vet wanted pet owners to know that grapes and raisins are highly toxic to dogs. I knew about grapes, but not raisins so I looked further into foods and plants that could cause harm to a dog. They do have nuts on the list. They even say you shouldn't use ant baits around the house that contain peanut butter. Walnuts and Macadamia nuts are on top of the list but I decided that any kind of nut would be off limits for my dog. I wouldn't take the chance. They also said that dogs, like people could be allergic to nuts and you wouldn't know it until the level of toxicity started to affect the dog. My motto is better safe than sorry. Just thought I'd share this info that I recently learned with you.

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By linn 56 50 Flag

April 5, 2011

I know Chocolate is poison to dogs. I would not feed peanut butter either.

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By jeff 1 Flag

April 5, 2011

I cant believe how many people post answers here, but have no clue what they are talking about. Just go to the spca and see for yourself

http://www.spcai.org/learn/poison-prevention-resources.html

Peanut butter is totally fine, unless they had some allergy but it will put some pounds on them if you give them too much. For the one who said make sure its sugar free, make sure there is no sugar substitute in it, as that is poisonous for the dog.

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By Myrna 17 1,083 Flag

April 5, 2011

This link explains about peanut butter given to a dog. Seems there's complications "only" if mold is a present factor.

http://www.ehow.com/facts_6371159_p ... _.html?ref=Track2&utm_source=ask

The spca's listing is only a partial list. Spinach is a no, no and regular peas are OK, that is a sweet pea plant this is listed.

Bones are on the spca's list also, but raw bones are actually good for a dog. It's cooked bones that present the problem.

Salt and sugar should also be avoided. Amazes me how many pet recipes are on the web with many containing garlic, another no-no.

Also, turkey and chicken skins are a no-no, but the meat is great to give them.

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By Cindy 3 287 Flag

April 6, 2011

Hello Millie. I am totally on board with those that say peanut butter is fine for dogs as long as they don't have a peanut allergy. Too boot, (although I don't know everything in the world, darn it. LOL) I know not of a single friend's dog that has or had peanut allergies.

Talk with your vet and do some primary source research to educate yourself on allergic reactions in dogs and proceed with caution. That said, know that thousands and thousands of dogs love peanut butter (mine included) and can consume reasonable amounts of such without any more concern than over feeding as it applies to weight gain.

Just like this post, you should not take everything posted on the web as absolute truth but to give or not give peanut butter is far from a finished debate between dog owners, vet professionals and others.

Please just proceed with an open, educated, mind, enhanced by documented, pet health care professional studies, and real life experiences that come your way. Sorry I can't offer the perfect solution.

Seriously, I've been feeding peanut butter to dogs as a treat for over four decades with absolutely no problem. Again I acknowledge that exceptions could exist, but please do your own research before relying on random web posts that claim all is well or all is bad. Good luck and best wishes for you and your canine fur friend.

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By Cricket 205 895 Flag

April 6, 2011

Yes, peanut butter is fine for dogs. As long as (as some pf these people have said) the dog has no allergies to it or its ingredients. Also I wouldn't give him a whole lot of it. I used to have a golden retriever and he got no more than one full teaspoon a day. I used it to give him his arthritis and vitamin pills. I now have 2 dachsies and they each get no more than 1/4 teaspoon a day. But for them it's not every day since they take their pills easily without it. I use it as an "extra special" treat.

You didn't ask, but I'll say I also give it to my cat, no more than 1/8 teaspoon a day. Again, for my cat it's only used as an "extra special" treat.

The SPCA lists several things that are perfectly ok for dogs, as long as it's given only in small amounts and/or only occasionally.

Garlic is one thing. Most of us down here in the south have discovered the benefits of giving our dogs and cats a small amount of garlic in their food daily because it keeps the fleas and ticks off them.

So the main thing is, contact several agencies and people including vets in your area. Make sure they are in your part of the country because some of the advice will change depending on where you live. But don't depend on just one source either. Contact many sources, and then use your own best judgment.

One thing tho you do need to check on is what plants, both indoor and outdoor that are toxic to pets. Don't forget that!

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Are peanuts good for small dogs like a Chihuahua?

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Peanuts might be a choking hazard. Most dogs like peanut butter and a little is OK for them.

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Is honey peanut butter OK to feed to my adult dogs as a treat? I would give no more than 1 tablespoon of it.

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By Tess Vowels 97 Flag

August 10, 2012

I would say yes! My 9 year old loves pb & honey... sparingly, as you said. I alternate his treats. He loves a variety!

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Is it o.k. to put peanut butter in my dog's food? It's the only way she eats it and if I don't put it in she won't eat for days, so i usually give in. Is this unhealthy and is there anyway to make her eat food without peanut butter?

PS. I've tried changing the type of dog food but the same problem occurs.

Lilia

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RE: Is Peanut Butter Okay for Dogs?

I put PB on my dogs medicine every day and the Doc says that is fine. No harm done.


http://www.frugalforlife.com (09/03/2005)

By FFL

RE: Is Peanut Butter Okay for Dogs?

I don't think it will hurt them, but if you're going to feed it everyday I would look for natural peanut butter. All the added salt and sugar in commercial peanut butters aren't good for anybody. (09/04/2005)

By Heidi

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Lots of dog treats have PB in them, but the calories will add up and you don't want your pet to become overweight. I would suggest that if you want to wean her off PB try putting in gradually less and less over about 2 weeks, and, if she is hungry she will eat food without PB. (09/06/2005)

RE: Is Peanut Butter Okay for Dogs?

Peanut butter is a high value treat for my dogs! I stuff kong toys or sterilized bones with it. Freeze the stuffed toy and it keeps the dogs busy for a while getting all the peanut butter out. Since it is so fatty, however, it is a once a week or so treat.
Try mixing plain yogurt or 100% pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling) with food. My dogs especially love the pumpkin. Both are high in fiber and low fat. (09/07/2005)

By Sharon

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Does this happen with more than 1 kind of food? Maybe she doesn't like the food. Make sure you buy a good quality one without chemicals, unnatural preservatives, & no byproducts or meal. It should contain all whole ingredients. Good food costs more but if it keeps the dog healthy with fewer trips to the vet it's worth it. I also give my dogs frozen pb kongs as an occasional treat. (09/07/2005)

By Me

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I feed it to my dogs with no problems. Peanut butter is a favorite snack of my dogs and my ferret.

TerryfromChilliOH (09/07/2005)

By terdralynn

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Funny, I called my Vet yesterday to ask if it was ok to give the doggies some peanuts. I was eating some peanuts and they went nuts and looked so
pitiful The receptionist said it was the first time anyone had asked her that so she checked with doc
and he said, YES it was fine. Also that most people
give them peanut butter. I sometimes put creamy
peanut butter inbetween a couple of mini-bones
for a snack. And yes they are spoiled but they are
my babies. I watch the fats though. (09/12/2005)

By meoowmom

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My dogs, Husky and Trailer Park love peanuts, is it OK to feed them (5-6 each) these or should I for go this process (12/24/2005)

By JPK

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Macadamias will kill a dog! Never give this type of nuts to your dogs. Look it up if you don't believe. (03/08/2006)

By EDDIE

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It is true about macadamias.

<a href="http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pets_poisonsafe
">http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pets_poisonsafe (03/08/2006)

By ILuvDobes

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I also give my dog meds on a spoonful of peanut butter. It not only makes him take his meds, but it also makes his coat very shiney. (06/08/2006)

By Megan

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<img src="http://www.thriftyfun.com/feedbackdisplay.lasso?feedback_image=tff3071237" align="right" hspace="10" />OMG YAH I FEED MY DOGS IT ALL THE TIME

hmmmmmmm
i wonder if its healthy

i only give it to them cause i wanna fatten them up (08/05/2006)

By sheerah

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If you put it in the dog's food, get Adams All natural Peanut butter (less sugar) because sugar is bad for their kidneys! (08/05/2006)

By camo_angels

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There are so many people telling me that peanut butter is great for dogs. Are you saying that that isn't true?

Kassie from Robstown, TX

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This list is available on aspca.org:

Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pet

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Avocado
  • Chocolate (all forms)
  • Coffee (all forms)
  • Fatty foods
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Moldy or spoiled foods
  • Onions, onion powder
    <li.Raisins and grapes
  • Salt
  • Yeast dough
  • Garlic
  • Products sweetened with xylitol

    Warm Weather Hazards

  • Animal toxins from toads, insects, spiders, snakes, and scorpions
  • Blue-green algae in ponds
  • Citronella candles
  • Cocoa mulch
  • Compost piles and fertilizers
  • Flea products
  • Outdoor plants and plant bulbs
  • Swimming-pool treatment supplies
  • Fly baits containing methomyl
  • Slug and snail baits containing metaldehyde

    Medication

    Common examples of human medications that can be potentially lethal to pets, even in small doses, include:

  • Pain killers
  • Cold medicines
  • Anti-cancer drugs
  • Antidepressants
  • Vitamins
  • Diet Pills

    Cold Weather Hazards

  • Antifreeze
  • Liquid potpourri
  • Ice melting products
  • Rat and mouse bait

    Common Household Hazards

  • Fabric softener sheets
  • Mothballs
  • Post-1982 pennies (due to high concentration of zinc)

    Holiday Hazards

  • Christmas tree water (may contain fertilizers and bacteria, which, if ingested, can upset the stomach.
  • Electrical cords
  • Ribbons or tinsel (can become lodged in the intestines and cause intestinal obstruction, most often occurs with kittens)
  • Batteries
  • Glass ornaments

    Non-toxic Substances for Dogs and Cats

    The following substances are considered to be non-toxic, although they may cause mild gastrointestinal upset in some animals:

  • Water-based paints
  • Toilet bowl water
  • Silica gel
  • Poinsettia
  • Cat litter
  • Glue traps
  • Glow jewelry
(12/17/2006)

By Persnickety Paula

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We bought a Kong toy and put peanut butter inside of it, and Tobey loves it. He spends hours (literally!) trying to get the peanut butter out. I have been told it is very safe and enjoyable for him. (03/18/2007)

By Leslie

RE: Is Peanut Butter Okay for Dogs?

My dog just had a fatty tumor removed from her shoulder and another one from her leg. Fat deposits in dogs (and cats) are really common, especially in older animals (10+ years) and it's called a lipoma. Most of the time, they are benign, but high fat diets (like a lot of peanut butter) can cause an increase in a lot of unfavorable outcomes, including tumors. They don't store fat quite like we do, so be careful. They won't just get fat, they can get deposits the size of basketballs which can attach to muscle and be hard to remove. (03/30/2007)

By McTigerlily

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Peanut butter is OK to feed dogs, but the best thing you can do to your dog is to feed them organic virgin coconut oil. One teaspoon for small size dogs and double for larger dogs. The coconut oil is very nutritious and cures and prevents many diseases in humankind and dogs. My dog suffered for a long time from allergies that led to skin problems and constant scratching.

I found research on the website about virgin coconut oil that said we can also use it to treat allergies and as a supplement in dog foods. The result has been a dramatic improvement in the past few days. I just started a few days ago and can see a huge benefits on my dog, the next day after the first feeding of coconut oil.

I got the oil from the wholefoods store and it's virgin cold pressed and organic. It does not cost too much (7 dollars for a jar of 16oz.) and that saves on vet bills. Now my dog is completely scratch free and happy and pretty with shiny coat and sparkling eyes. Anyone who wishes to have info about this go on the website of organic virgin coconut oil to learn more about this, not only for dogs, but it can help you to improve your health. (12/06/2007)

By Pearl

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RE: Is Peanut Butter Okay for Dogs?

When I eat peanut butter myself, I eat the natural kind. The harmful things in popular brands of peanut butter (Jif, Peter Pan, etc.) are the hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated oils. These are bad for humans, let alone for dogs. Fats are not inherently unhealthy. There are many good fats, such as those found in peanuts. Also, sugar is not added to the natural peanut butters. It's simply what it says on the label with minimal other ingredients, if any at all. (01/22/2008)

By Katie J

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Like everything else, moderation is the key. Peanut butter is not bad for your dog in anyway other then the fat content. So in moderation like everything else, it is a great treat and I never seen a dog not like it. (03/08/2008)

By Jeff

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RE: Is Peanut Butter Okay for Dogs?

I have to give one of my dogs a pill everyday and I give it with peanut butter. They love it, I have asked the vet and he said it is okay. We give them treats of peanuts too which they love, that is only on certain occasions. We do it as a treat. I have 3 dogs and they all wait by my cabinet where the peanut butter is everyday after work so they can have their "medicine" as I call it. (03/20/2008)

By skl

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I work with vets and in a holistic pet bakery and rehabilitation center, and we have a lot of treats with natural peanut butter in them. It is fine to give dogs peanut butter in moderation, but some dogs are allergic to a lot of things (including pnut butter) so you should test it before investing in a whole batch of treats. (05/23/2008)

By Lindsay

RE: Is Peanut Butter Okay for Dogs?

I took my chocolate Lab mix to vet yesterday and he told me to give her the meds he prescribed with peanut butter. (08/14/2008)

By tinaangel

RE: Is Peanut Butter Okay for Dogs?

Peanuts are a legume that grows underground not a nut. I think peanut butter should be fine. (09/27/2008)

By Diane

RE: Is Peanut Butter Okay for Dogs?

Of course it is. I'm training to be a vet and I feed it to my dog all the time. She seems to be happier and more adventurous. Every other day is fine to give it to your own pup. They may seem younger even. (02/28/2009)

By Jacky

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Is processed peanut butter good for dogs?

By Philip from Slidell, LA

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RE: Is Peanut Butter Okay for Dogs?

Absolutely not! Not any kind of peanuts, or strawberries, or chocolate, or raw meat. (04/04/2010)

By dolphinfreak

RE: Is Peanut Butter Okay for Dogs?

I have given my dogs, both current and past, peanut butter for many many years with no problems at all. I don't, however, give them a lot of it. It's great for getting pills down them. But other than that, they might get a half teaspoon a couple of times a month. When I do give it though, it is the creamy type, never crunchy.

If someone's dog had problems with peanut butter, that was just that particular dog. Like people, some dogs have different reactions to some things that are perfectly fine for most dogs. There are exceptions to every rule. If you want to try, but are leery about it, try giving your dog just a little bit once a week or so and watch your dog closely. If it has any reaction whatsoever, discontinue the peanut butter immediately. But if not, then you know the dog is OK with it. (04/04/2010)

By Cricketnc

RE: Is Peanut Butter Okay for Dogs?

Yes, it is safe in moderation, otherwise you would not find treats made with peanuts or peanut butter, and it is a common practice too, per the ASPCA, to stuff Kongs with peanut butter.

Just be aware though that dogs are like humans that some might have reactions to foods others may not. (04/06/2010)

By Jron7667

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How much peanut butter can I feed my Chihuahua on a regular basis?

By Pilla from MO

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A lot of humans have allergies, some deadly to peanuts and peanut products, but I have yet to learn of a dog that is allergic to such. (Please don't take my word for this and do your own research with web sites, vets, and vet hospitals.) That said, my dogs love peanut butter! And choosy (skin) mom's choose Jif peanut butter for their (fur) babies! (I prefer the name brands as, in recent years, they seem to avoid recall issues that the slightly less expensive brands have faced, but that's just my personal experience.)

My dogs are English Mastiffs: their heads, alone, are at least twice as big as your Chihuahua so I'm overly hesitant to suggest amounts. None-the-less, assuming there are no allergy issues, I can't imagine a teaspoon or so of such a day would harm your pup. Again, do talk to your vet about this before you proceed. One of our dogs needs daily medication and a pill coated with peanut butter goes down smoothly!

Seriously, dogs that can tolerate peanut butter truly love the stuff! But just like humans, too much of a good food can cause unwanted weight gain for dogs, so proceed with caution. Good luck! (12/11/2010)

By KansasCindy

RE: Is Peanut Butter Okay for Dogs?

I would not feed any pets peanut butter, but for a professional opinion I would contact a vet. (12/11/2010)

By foxrun41

RE: Is Peanut Butter Okay for Dogs?

We have used it for years both as a treat and as a way to get our dogs to take their pills! Peanut butter on 2 graham crackers with the pill in between, one happy dog! And our cat loved to lick the peanut butter from around the edges, she still does. (12/13/2010)

By Lisbet

RE: Is Peanut Butter Okay for Dogs?

Always everything in moderation! As was mentioned already maybe one small teaspoon a day, but I would make sure it's sugar free peanut butter because animals can get diabetes just like humans and actually are more prone to it. (12/13/2010)

By Deeli

RE: Is Peanut Butter Okay for Dogs?

I have a really easy peanut butter dog teat recipe. If you would like it contact me. (12/18/2010)

By leekelly

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Is it alright for a Lab dog to have peanut butter?

By Sandra from West Monroe, NY

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RE: Is Peanut Butter Okay for Dogs?

Yes it is! Tons of benefits come from it, and plus(+), dogs love it. I've done research on it, and a dog trainer mentioned it. (01/20/2011)

By Pate18

RE: Is Peanut Butter Okay for Dogs?

One teaspoon a day would be okay, but I would make sure it's sugar free peanut butter because animals can get diabetes just like humans and actually are more prone to it. (01/20/2011)

By Deeli

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