The simple answer is YES, but ensure you check a few things before you reach for you nearest jar as not all peanut butter is suitable..
CHECK THE LABEL
I have spent some time researching peanut butter to ensure I offer you the best for your dog. Other brands are available and you could buy some from the supermarket but ensure you always check the label. Some peanut butter contains Xylitol which is highly toxic and very dangerous to your dog. Therefore I have found a specialist dog peanut butter which I think is a great option and you can see it here.
Only feed peanut butter in small quantities , apart from the danger of xylitol, even 100% natural butter will be very high in fat which if overfed will cause obesity and potentially heart conditions in dogs. Remember all things in moderation.
Treats should make up 10% of your dogs daily food intake, no more!
DID YOU KNOW
Peanuts are not actually a nut, they are a legume (same as chick peas and broad beans for example) They are packed with protein and a good source of fibre.
Our dogs love peanut butter so as long as you have read the label ingredients and feel confident you have a safe product your dog can most definitely enjoy this most delicious treat.
HERE ARE SOME GREAT WAYS TO FEED PEANUT BUTTER TO YOUR DOG
- Peanut butter is great as a quick treat, a little taste on the end of your finger, or licked off a spoon.
- It is very good for hiding tablets.
- Stuff a kong with some meat or kibble and seal the end with a blob of peanut butter and freeze for a long lasting tasty treat.
- Smear a small amount inside a bone or puzzle toy.
- Make some home made frozen treats using a banana and some peanut butter and your ice cube tray. These are great for a hot day and can be put in a zip lock bag and kept in the freezer. Here is a video tutorial showing how to make them.
- Or bake some tasty home made dog cookies. These are simple to make and really good if you have a dog with allergies or a sensitive tummy as you know exactly what you are putting in the recipe. I have found simple recipe here, but there are lots of recipes on Pinterest and loads of different ideas of what ingredients to use.
I hope this helps when choosing your peanut butter or whether to avoid it. Please do your own research and if in doubt consult your vet.