November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month, and dogs tend to love this sticky, nutty, packed with-protein treat – But why?
A Great Protein Source for your Dog or Puppy
Most peanut butter is safe for dogs to eat, and when given moderately, peanut butter can be an excellent source of protein and healthy fats, vitamins B and E, and niacin. Naturally, peanut butter is packed full of protein which is an essential part of your dog’s diet. Research shows that dogs are naturally drawn to peanut butter because protein is good for them. And protein is an essential part of your dog or puppy’s diet and many dog trainers use treats with peanut butter in them as rewards because it is loved so much.
A Helpful Disguise for Dog’s Medicine
When having to administer medicine to your dog or puppy, peanut butter can be a helpful disguise. Add your pup’s medicine to a small dollop of this nutty butter and they’re bound to only focus on the yummy treat you are giving them rather than the medicine you are trying to ensure they take.
Add It To Your Favorite Dog Cookie Recipe
There are plenty of healthy dog treat recipes out there, and many of them contain peanut butter as the main ingredient because it is such a furr-favorite. Homemade dog cookies are just as easy to make as a batch of cookies. Make it even more fun for you and your pup and make them into fun shapes with cookie cutters!
Check out this Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats recipe featured in the Bark Avenue Paw Blog. Your dog or puppy is sure to love it!
Take Precautions to Keep Your Dog Safe
Keep in mind, dogs can eat peanut butter as long as it is fed in moderation and as stated by the AKC, does not contain xylitol, so get out that pet-safe peanut butter jar and surprise and delight your pup with a peanut butter treat!
Also giving your pup peanut butter is not the same as giving them salted peanuts. The sodium content in salted peanuts contains more sodium than your dog needs. If ingested in large quantities, it can be harmful to their health, so it is best to avoid feeding salted peanuts to dogs. Due to the higher sodium level in some store-bought peanut butter, some dog owners even prefer to make their own peanut butter.