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Giving Fido Peanut Butter

March 1, 2022

Peanut butter lovers, rejoice! Today, March 1, is National Peanut Butter Lovers Day! There’s also another day designed for this creamy deliciousness: January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day. Many of our canine patients love this nutty treat. A Virginia Beach, VA vet discusses giving Fido PB below.


Benefits

This yummy food can be beneficial for both people and pets. It’s very high in protein, and is also packed with nutrients like niacin and Vitamins B and E. It also contains healthy fats. Not that you need any more reasons, it’s also a great training aid and snack. Need to give your pup a pill? Add some PB to a pill pocket! You may also be able to distract Fido by giving him some peanut butter as you clip his claws.


Portion Sizes

Given the option, Fido would probably insist that it’s simply not possible to have too much peanut butter. We’d love to agree, but unfortunately, that really isn’t the case. Peanut butter is quite high in fat, so giving your pooch too much could make him gain weight. There’s also a chance that your canine buddy could develop pancreatitis, which is a very dangerous medical condition. Ask your vet for more information.


Xylitol

There’s really only one concern with peanut butter, as far as safety goes. Always check the ingredients, and make sure that the brand you give your pup does not contain xylitol. Xylitol is often found in processed foods, particularly in things like gum and cookies. It’s safe for us, but not for our furry friends. If your pooch ingests it, he could experience a blood sugar spike, with the crash coming soon after. (Note: warning signs include dizziness, collapse, weakends, and seizures.) Call your vet ASAP if you notice any of these red flags.


Treats

Want to try making some homemade goodies? Mix a cup of pureed pumpkin with some natural PB, whole-wheat flour, and an egg. Use a cute bone-shaped cookie cutter to divide it into small portions. Then, bake at 375F for 15 minutes. (Add time if needed.) You can also make Fido some doggy ice cream by mixing peanut butter with ripe banana. Add water or fat-free yogurt to thin it out, and freeze in ice cube trays or freezable molds.

 

Do you have questions about giving your dog PB? Contact us, your Virginia Beach, VA animal clinic! 

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