January 24, 2022 2 min read

The Health Benefits of Peanut Butter for Dogs

Today, January 24, is National Peanut Butter Day! Peanut butter is a snack that both you and your pup can enjoy.  Whether it’s on a sandwich, smeared on some crackers, or even on a lick-mat for your pup, peanut butter has plenty of healthy benefits. How can something so good be so healthy for you and your pup? Here is why!

  • In healthy portion sizes, peanut butter contains lots of healthy fats.Healthy fats help your pup have a shiny coat and keep their skin well-hydrated. A half of a teaspoon is the perfect portion for a small dog twice a day. For medium or large dogs, start off with 1 full teaspoon twice a day.
The Health Benefits of Peanut Butter for Dogs

Pro tip: Stick to an all-natural peanut butter for your dog. Highly processed peanut butter can contain high amounts of added sugar as well as the additive, Xylitol. Xylitol is very toxic and can be life-threatening for your pet. Plenty of pet stores sell dog friendly peanut butter! You can also find brands such asPoochie Butter,Pawnut Butter, and Buddy Budder on Amazon. 

  • Peanut butter is rich in vitamins!The snack contains Biotin, which is great for your pup’s nails, skin, and coat as well as vitamin B3 which boosts brain function.

Pro tip: If your pup has a hard time taking their medication, put a small amount of peanut butter on a spoon and hide the pill within the peanut butter.

  • The snack contains 25% protein, which is great for your pup’s diet.Protein is essential for your pup’s muscle growth and retention as well as boosting their immune system. Making sure your pup has enough protein is key so their body produces hormones and antibodies that keep them happy, and healthy.

    The Health Benefits of Peanut Butter for Dogs
    Pro tip: Plenty of treats have healthy amounts of peanut butter for your pet! Check out these Einstein Pets PJ’N Jelly Time dog treats! These treats are 100% natural and made using only human-grade ingredients. Treats shouldn’t make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet, but these treats would be a perfect addition. They’re low-calorie, wheat, corn, and soy free, and are infused with the superfood, chia seed.
  • Peanut butter is high in fiber.Fiber is always a great addition to your dog’s diet because it keeps their digestive system on track. Higher fiber diets help prevent canine colon cancer, constipation and diarrhea.
Want to celebrate National Peanut Butter Day with your pup? Check with your vet beforehand to see how much peanut butter is safe for your pet! For more tips, check out our blog and visitwww.snugglepuppy.com for all of your pup’s essentials!