Peanut butter treats for puppies are an easy and rewarding way to use positive reinforcement training with them.
Select natural, organic or dog-specific peanut butter that’s low on added sugar and preservatives; treats should only make up 10% of a dog’s daily caloric intake.
Peanut butter is an excellent source of protein, essential for building and maintaining strong muscles, tendons and skin. In addition, it contains healthy fats as well as Niacin (B3 and E).
Make sure to choose natural peanut butter without added sugars or salt, and opt for one without artificial sweeteners like xylitol as these substances can be toxic to dogs and cause sudden drops in blood sugar.
Peanut butter should only be provided in moderation to your dog as too much can quickly exceed his recommended daily caloric and fat intake. A few tablespoons smeared over lickable puzzle toys or lick mats may provide your pup with enjoyable rewards, but consider other healthier treat options as well. Additionally, if your puppy begins showing any symptoms of allergy such as excessive itching or licking, red skin or hives erupting or vomiting and diarrhea then stop offering peanut butter immediately and consult your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Peanut butter can make for an irresistibly tasty treat for your pup – but remember, even homemade or natural peanut butter is high in fat and calories, while any added salt or sweeteners (such as xylitol which is often found in sugar-free gum or commercially baked food) could potentially pose health or life threats to them.
As there are plenty of healthy alternatives for providing your pup with tasty treats without increasing their health risks or weight, make sure that when purchasing foods intended for human consumption (i.e. xylitol, chocolate, preservatives or hydrogenated vegetable oils that could harm his health), check food labels carefully prior to purchase – including human food intended for human consumption). Schedule a video consultation with an expert veterinarian if any concerns arise about his diet.
Peanut butter makes an excellent treat for puppies and adult dogs alike, but it’s essential to double check its ingredient list to ensure it does not contain harmful additives such as xylitol which is safe for people but potentially lethal to canines. Look for brands labeled “all natural” or with no artificial sweeteners on their label for best results.
Avoid peanut butter that contains macadamia nuts as this can cause intestinal upset in dogs. For a truly natural option, make your own in the blender or food processor!
If your pet has allergies, give small amounts of peanut butter at first to test how they respond. Look out for signs such as itchy skin or hives which could indicate an allergic reaction. Treats should make up no more than 10 percent of daily caloric intake for optimal health – consult with a veterinarian if concerned for an individual recommendation that can take into account size and health issues for your animal.
Pet parents should take extra care when purchasing peanut butter for their dog as many brands on the market contain ingredients harmful to pups such as xylitol. Opting for organic options that don’t contain additives and specially tailored dog-specific varieties without xylitol are good choices.
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that mimics sugar in the body, leading to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels) in animals such as dogs. Untreated hypoglycemia can result in liver failure if left untreated; every year the ASPCA Poison Control Center receives calls regarding ingestion by pet owners; it’s essential that pet parents know which symptoms to look out for so their animal can receive prompt care.
Peanut butter makes an enjoyable treat for dogs, but should only be given in small doses to avoid obesity which can result in various health complications including heart disease, diabetes and pancreatitis.