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Is Peanut Butter Okay for Dogs?

April 4, 2011

Golden Retriever licking peanut butter off of a spoonIs roasted honey nut peanut butter OK for my German Shepherd to eat?

By MILLIE HERNANDEZ from Yucaipa, CA

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April 6, 20111 found this helpful
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Yes, peanut butter is fine for dogs. As long as (as some of 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.

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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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September 7, 2012

Are peanuts good for small dogs like a Chihuahua?

By AVI from Bethesda, MD

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September 9, 20120 found this helpful

Just one now and then would probably be okay but peanuts (including peanut butter) can potentially cause bladder problems in dogs. If you do treat your fur baby with a couple please make sure they are unsalted. Same thing with cashews.

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A huge word of caution about nuts is to never feed dogs walnuts or macadamia's because they are toxic.

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September 10, 20120 found this helpful

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

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August 9, 2012

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

By Kathleen

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August 10, 20120 found this helpful

Yes, peanut butter is fine for your dog as a treat now and then. I have found crunchy the best for hiding medicine. The dog doesn't notice the difference between a peanut or a pill.

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The only drawback is whenever I open the jar, my dogs come running.

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August 10, 20120 found this helpful

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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December 11, 2006

Is it OK 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?

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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?

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