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When shared in small, moderate doses peanut can be a nice treat for you and your dog, but not everyone can eat peanuts and they’re banned from 90% of anywhere these days.
Luckily, there are a few dog friendly alternatives to peanut butter that you can share.
Kol’s Note: Nuts can be dangerous for dogs.
The truth is that all nut and seed butter, even peanut butter, poses a risk to your pet’s health if they are given too much or too often.
Nuts and seeds are high in fats and calories. Nut butters are meant to be a very small part of your dog’s diet – a treat only!
For example, our peanut & pumpkin dog treats have just over 1/2 tsp. (0.66 tsp, to be exact) of peanut butter per cookie. That’s around 24 calories and almost 2 grams of fat before you add a single other ingredient. When a treat packs that kind of nutritional punch your dog should only be having one, no matter how much they beg. All good things – in moderation.
There are things you can do to make peanut butter and other nut butters a safer choice for your dog.
Be cautious – I only use nut butter and never whole nuts, as whole nuts pose a choking and intestinal blockage risk, plus, they’re tough for dogs to digest.
If your dog is prone to upset stomach, give them a small taste of nut butter and then monitor to see how they handle it, there’s no need to risk them getting sick just for a snack.
Dogs with pancreatitis or other conditions requiring a low-fat diet should not eat nut or seed butters.
All that being said, dogs love peanut butter.
It’s one of those few things that drives them absolutely wild. No matter what I’m asking of them, be it to sit still while I clip nails or to not act like a jerk in the tub, they will do almost anything for a taste of the good stuff.
The only problem? Not everyone can have peanut butter and there are a whole lot of places that you can’t take peanut butter. For example, I would never take peanut butter to a kid’s park or a school.
So whether you’re trying to avoid peanut or just expand yours and your dogs foodie tastes, here are a few dog friendly alternatives to peanut butter that you can safely share with your pups.
All of these options have similar calories and fat content to peanut butter and should be fed with the same level of caution as peanut butter.
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Has your dog ever had a butter other than peanut butter?