Feeding & Treating Your Dog: Peanut Butter and Other Nuts
Dogs love Peanut Butter. It can be hard to resist doling out a spoonful in response to big puppy eyes, but we hope you’ll consider these healthy treating tips first.
A 2 tablespoon serving of popular peanut butter brands contains 3 grams of sugar and 110mg of sodium. Sugars pose a large concern in pet health throughout the course of their lives. Obesity, diabetes, and dental problems are a few of the more obvious results. Salt may be a key taste factor for our personal peanut butter choice, but for our pets an organic, zero sugar, no added salt option is far healthier when deciding a treating routine. Consider purchasing a jar of natural ‘for my pooch peanut butter‘ to keep on hand. Organic peanut butter has fewer pesticides and other ingredients that may be harmful to a dog’s health. Also, when given the option of chunky or smooth; go with smooth to avoid choking hazards and obstructions.
Natural peanut butter is not bad for dogs. As in all treating for pets, moderation is key. Peanut butter is rich in oil, protein and fatty acids. These ingredients along with vitamins such as H and K give dogs a shiny coat. Vitamin E helps your dog’s immune system, which helps to fight off many diseases.
How Do I Know If My Pup is Allergic to Nuts?
Just as in people, food allergies can result in immediate problems as well as long term issues. Signs of an allergic reaction to peanut butter would include itching, skin irritation, ear infection, biting and loss of hair. Avoid giving your dog peanut butter or treats containing peanut butter if the pet is experiencing any food allergies, and consult with your veterinarian. Remove peanut butter from your treating routines if there is diarrhea or vomiting.
The No-no Nuts
A wide variety of nuts, such as English Walnuts, Black Walnuts, Pecans, Pistachios, present the risk of gastric intestinal upset and a long term risk of pancreatitis. Moldy Walnuts and moldy pecans can contain tremorgenic mycotoxins which can cause seizures or neurological symptoms. Almonds, while not toxic, are not easily digested and can give your dog an upset stomach and create gastric intestinal distress. Macadamias are reported to contain an unknown toxic principle that may result in neurological symptoms.
Leaps & Bones,llc® All Natural Peanut Butter Treats
These treat choices are made fresh by the Leaps & Bones team here in CT, with your pet’s health, nutrition and happy snacking in mind.