What is it about dogs and peanut butter? You know, how gooey peanut butter gets our furry friends all googly-eyed and anxious for a taste.
Like humans, dogs seem to have an affinity for this scrumptious spread. And who can blame them? Beyond its creamy texture and perfect ratio of sweet meets salty, there may be an actual reason dogs love peanut butter. We’ve got the 411 on dogs and peanut butter. Keep reading to learn more!
Let’s Get Down To The Details
When it comes to foods containing added amounts of salt, sugar and fats, both dogs and humans are undeniably drawn to the taste. That’s just how it goes, we don’t make the rules! So it goes without saying that peanut butter checks all the boxes – salt, sugar, and fat.
Dogs also have fat-specific taste buds that crave large amounts of protein. Pair that love of protein with a ‘sweet tooth’, and you can see why dogs and peanut butter go paw in paw.
Most common peanut butter brands are over processed and laden with unnecessary ingredients. Here at Carolina Prime, we use only natural peanut butter!
Natural peanut butter contains loads of protein which is an extremely important element of your dog’s diet. With that said, it’s highly unlikely your precious pupper will discriminate against natural peanut butter versus processed peanut butter, all thanks to the sizable amount of protein that comes packed in every bite. So stick with healthier options when it comes to your dog and peanut butter.
The 411 About Your Pooch & Protein
Dogs are known to crave foods containing the nutrients they need, which is likely why peanut butter is the gooey gift that seems to keep on giving. Many generic dog food brands surprisingly don’t contain the necessary amount of protein required for a dog’s normal function. Contrary to older studies, protein is now considered a vital nutrient for our right-hand hounds, especially in growing and/or active dogs.
Not only is protein easy to digest for most dogs, but it is also known to aid in the reproduction of skin and hair cells. Consuming protein regularly may also benefit your dog’s long-term health and strengthen its immune system. Enticing AND packed with nutrients?! We’ll take it.
As much as we hate to bark it to you, most anything worth enjoying usually comes with a disclaimer. There can be a point where overindulgence of peanut butter can become detrimental to your dog’s health. But no need to get your tail in a bunch. Just be mindful and talk to your vet if you have any questions about your dog’s dietary needs.
Speaking of caloric intake, has your dog tried our Peanut Butter Coated Sweet Potato Fries? They only contain 28 calories per stick and are lip-smacking good!
How Much Peanut Butter Is Too Much?
If it were up to your beloved beast, a limit wouldn’t even exist. But we can’t all have our cake and eat it too, which is why it’s highly advised that dogs should only ingest peanut butter in small amounts. But of course a dog’s caloric intake is dependent on multiple factors, including size and activity level.
Veterinarians typically stick with a general rule of thumb, which states that treats should not surpass 10 percent of a dog’s daily caloric intake. To put it simply, a spoonful of peanut butter can contain up to 200 calories, which is sometimes the amount of total daily calories required by a more petite pooch. Peanut butter is notably dense in calories, which, if consumed in large amounts, could seriously affect our furry friends’ quality of life. In any event, it makes for more of an occasional treat rather than a daily allowance. Instead of spooning it out, why not give your dog that peanut butter taste they crave in the form of a sweet potato and peanut butter treat?
Don’t Ignore The Food-y Facts
Just as you would when it comes to your own health, reading nutrition labels (albeit dreadful) is vital. Generally speaking, regular peanut butter is perfectly safe to feed your pup, under one big condition: Xylitol-free PB.
Xylitol is a sugar substitute that can more commonly be found in products claiming to be low or sugar-free, including gum, condiments and syrups. Unlike humans’ ability to consume this sucrose sham, Xylitol is highly toxic when ingested by dogs. “Xylitol can cause low blood sugar and liver failure, so it’s important to check all of the ingredients in any peanut or nut butter,” says Veterinarian toxicologist Renee Schmid of Pet Poison Hotline. Moral of the story? Keep those peepers peeled — Lassie will thank you later.
Dogs And Peanut Butter – Eat, Treat, Repeat!
We take it you’re officially in the market for some pooch-approved peanut butter, yes? You’ve come to the right place. By now, we’ve established that peanut butter makes your best bud go nutty, which is why we work hard to craft tasty treats with added nutritional benefits and scrumptious peanut butter flavor!
While your pooch is chowing down on one of Carolina Prime’s best-selling treats, like our Peanut Butter Coated Sweet Potato Bones, they’re not only indulging in a tasty snack, but one that is also jam-packed with potential health benefits. Every Carolina Prime product is responsibly sourced from the U.S., and many of which include sweet potato, which is known to be a great source of Vitamins A and C, folate, iron, copper, and calcium. It goes without saying that the second your pup gets their paws on these delicious snacks, all the other dogs will soon be jealous.