YES! People have been giving their dogs peanut butter as long as they’ve made peanut butter. Even vets recommend it, especially when you need to hide a pill in something tasty.
Gourmet doggy bakeries make all kinds of incredible dog cookies using peanut butter, not to mention many beautiful cakes for dogs feature peanut butter in the recipes.
So, why are people worried about giving their dogs peanut butter?
It’s probably because you should not give your dog nuts, in general. Macadamia nuts, in particular, are said to be bad for dogs.
However, as you may know, peanuts are not actually nuts at all. They are a legume. This makes them a member of the humble pea family.
Instead of being a nut, they are related to other legumes such as alfalfa, clover, peas, beans, lentils, carob, and soy. There’s nothing at all about the peanut that is harmful to your dog.
In fact, peanut butter is fine for your dog. You may have preferences about the kind of peanut butter that you give your dog. Some people prefer to feed organic peanut butter.
It has fewer trans fats than regular peanut butter and it’s healthier for your dog. But most dogs won’t care what kind of peanut butter you buy. They just love peanut butter.
For a treat, try putting some peanut butter inside a Kong toy and freezing it. You can leave the toy with your dog when your dog has to stay home. This kind of treat can amuse a dog for a long time as he works to get the peanut butter out.
If you need to give your dog a pill and he doesn’t like to take them, try sticking the pill in some peanut butter between a couple of crackers. Most dogs never even notice the pill.
Some of the best recipes for dog cookies call for peanut butter.
Try these peanut butter biscuits:
Peanut Butter Bisquits
- 4 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup chunky peanut butter
- 2 1/2 cups hot water
Mix all ingredients, adding more hot water if dough is too sticky. Knead well. Roll out to 1/4″ and cut into shapes with cookie cutter. Bake on greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Turn off heat and let cool in oven overnight.
Most dogs will do just about anything for peanut butter so you can use these biscuits, or others like them, for training treats.
Of course, if you feed your dog peanut butter constantly he may be inclined to put on a few pounds but the same is true with any snack that you over feed. Use your best judgment when it comes to giving snacks and treats.
If your dog is a picky eater or if you have a senior dog who has a poor appetite then you may want to try adding a little peanut butter to your dog’s meals to see if it might increase his interest in his food. This approach has worked for many owners and their dogs.
There’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t indulge your dog’s love for peanut butter. Bon appetit!
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