Healthy dog food and treats help you take better care of your dog so you need to know what all the ingredients are in packaged dog food and human food you give your dog to ensure that you don’t innocently give your dog products that have hidden toxic substances like sugar substitutes and salt in peanut butter that can make your dog sick, or even worse put your dog in imminent danger from toxic poisoning.
This news brief gives you the pros and cons on peanut butter as a viable protein food to give your dog so you can keep your dog healthy.
Healthy Dog Food: The Benefits of Peanut Butter for your Dog
• Protein and minerals – The best type of peanut butter for your dog is raw, creamy, unsalted with no sugar added. Peanut butter has a good amount of protein and antioxidants, healthy fats, vitamin B, vitamin E, and niacin.
• Pill administration – You can use a small amount of healthy peanut butter to disguise a pill so it’s easier to give your dog his medication.
• Healthy treat – As long as your dog is not overweight or have allergies, you can give your dog peanut butter in moderation as a healthy treat. Be sure to read the ingredients and choose healthy dog food products with peanut butter that don’t have sugar substitutes, salt or toxins.
5 Peanut Butter Dangers for Your Dog
- Xylitol – Some peanut butter manufacturers add this sugar substitute to their products to lower the calories for human consumers, however Xylitol is highly toxic for your dog. A drop in your dog’s blood sugar or hypoglycemia can result if your dog ingests as little as 0.1 gram (g) of xylitol per kilogram (kg) of your dog’s body weight. Your dog’s symptoms may include weakness, seizures, staggering and your dog might even collapse. If your dog consumes a higher amount over 0.5 g/kg, your dog is in danger of deadly destruction of his liver cells.
- Aflatoxins – Peanut butter often contains aflatoxins which are natural mycotoxins produced by the Aspergillus fungus which makes it even harder to find healthy dog food that contains peanuts. Mycotoxins are cancer-causing and highly toxic to your dog’s liver. The amounts of aflatoxins vary from one brand of peanut butter to another but according to Consumers Union, the highest levels of these toxins were found in fresh ground peanut butter in health food stores.
- Trans-fatty acids – Hydrogenation results in trans fats and can cause diabetes, heart disease as well as chronic inflammation. Don’t give your dog any peanut butter product If the ingredients include hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. Another fact is that roasting nuts may cause the fat in a peanut to go rancid so always choose raw peanut putter without hydrogenated fats.
- Sugar – The sugar in peanut butter can feed cancer cells, cause diabetes and be a catalyst for food allergies, inflammation and premature aging. Healthy dog food like peanut butter that you can use as treats is harder to find because of the high amount of Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in peanut butter that can cause your dog to suffer from inflammation which results in allergies and joint diseases like arthritis.
- Utensils – Spoons and knives are not safe tools to use when you give peanut butter to your dog. Your dog may get too excited or aggressive with a spoon and it might pop in your dog’s mouth and your dog can easily cut his tongue on your knife.
Best Ways to Give Peanut Butter to Your Dog
• Stuff a kong toy with healthy dog food like unsalted raw creamy peanut butter and put it in your freezer. Your dog will love this cool toy and be occupied for hours with the peanut butter treat that’s hard to reach. A small amount goes a long way.
• Put a small dab peanut butter on your finger and let your dog lick it off or spread a small amount in your dog’s bowl so he can lick the bowl dry.
Note: There are many commercially produced products that have peanut butter flavors. Dog Health News highly recommends that you read the labels carefully and only select items that don’t contain toxic ingredients mentioned above.
This news brief gives you the pros and cons of peanut butter as a healthy dog food for your dog so you don’t choose a brand that will harm your dog with toxins, cause your dog to gain weight or develop chronic diseases like diabetes and arthritis.
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