Have you ever wondered just what it is that makes your dog so excited when you break out the peanut butter? Well if so, you're not alone. That frantic excitement from your dog when he or she sees and smells peanut butter makes us all want to give in and hand over the whole jar. Even though you may want to give into that excited dog, there are a few things to consider first. Here we will take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly to giving your dog that creamy, delicious treat that they love. And if you have never asked yourself why dogs like peanut butter, you definitely want to keep reading and find out. In this blog, we will make you aware of which type of peanut butter is best for your dogs and which type to avoid giving.
Why Do Dogs Like Peanut Butter So Much?
So, what is it about peanut butter that makes dogs go crazy? Well, for starters, it smells and tastes amazing! It's the perfect mix of both sweet and salty. Not only do dogs love the aroma, but so do we humans! Peanut butter is one of the most versatile foods on earth. It can be eaten on a sandwich, used in baking, or just eaten as is. There are different types of peanut butter; you can buy it smooth or crunchy, with or without salt, and without additives. There are also creamy, unsalted versions to choose from if that better fits your dog's diet. We recommend organic peanut butter - as there are no additives and it keeps it as healthy and natural as possible. Amazingly enough, peanut butter has an incredible amount of nutritional benefits, too.
Health Benefits of Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is packed with protein - which is one of the building blocks for a muscle cell. Protein provides your dog with the energy needed to work out or play on walks, plus it builds stronger bones and teeth! Not only that, but it also aids organ function by providing amino acids that help replicate cells. Dogs' bodies can use the protein and oils to help with their overall well-being. As a quick rundown, here are 5 health benefits of peanut butter for dogs:
- It can help your dog lose weight
- Strengthen your dog's immune defenses
- Improve skin allergies
- Repair tissue damaged by injury or arthritis pain
- Helps to keep your dog's bones healthy (thanks to the high levels of vitamins and minerals like manganese!)
Peanut butter has healthy fats that provide important nutrients like omega 6 and 3 fatty acids, as well as vitamins A & E. Vitamin A & E, are two of the most essential nutrients for dogs... They help your dog’s skin, coat, teeth, and eyes to stay healthy! Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that can be found in natural sources such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and spinach. Vitamin E on the other hand is an antioxidant made from oils or plants like sunflower seeds. It has been shown to help with muscle tissue repair which would make sense because dogs are constantly moving!
Studies have also shown that regular consumption of peanut butter may actually lower blood sugar levels in dogs with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). This is great news, not only for diabetic pets but also for you pet moms and dads who are worried about maintaining an affordable diet plan while still providing all the nutrients necessary to keep your furry friends healthy.
Using Peanut Butter to Help Your Dog Take Medicine
Peanut butter has a creamy texture - which makes it helpful for giving your dogs pills! You can always pop a pill in a chunk of peanut butter and give it to your dog. This will help them to swallow it and hide the fact that they have to take their medicine. You can always stick it in a kong toy, too! Dogs love to play with these and lick at the peanut butter that their owners put inside of them.
Another great way to help your dog take medicine is by popping the pill in our organic dog treats! Our healthy dog treats contain peanut butter and are bite-sized - making them the perfect pill poppers. We have tons of delicious flavors ranging from apples, blueberries, turmeric, coconuts, sweet potatoes, and more... All of which are 100% organic and made with all-natural ingredients. We truly pride ourselves in offering delicious dog treats made with peanut butter!
How Much Is Too Much Peanut Butter?
Although peanut butter has health benefits, it's important to note that too much peanut butter can be unhealthy. If you give your dog too much, it may give them pancreatitis and can even lead to obesity. Yes, it can help manage weight, but if you overdo the amount, it can do the opposite - so you need to be careful! So, how much is too much peanut butter for dogs? As recommended on Preventive Vet, "Small dogs should get no more than about 1/2 tablespoon of peanut butter per day and larger dogs should get no more than about 1 tablespoon."
What type of peanut butter is best for dogs?
As we mentioned, we believe that organic peanut butter with no added sugar or salt is the best choice for your dog. When purchasing peanut butter, the ingredients should really just say 'peanuts'! Unsalted peanut butter is the healthiest choice for your dog. We do not recommend overloading your dog with peanut butter brands that have added sugars and salts as these tend to have high sodium levels. So, as we did with our vegan-friendly dog treats - choose organic! It's the best peanut butter for dogs!
In the end, the question of "why do dogs like peanut butter so much?" might not just have one answer. It might be a mixture of everything: salt, sugar, fat, and protein. Or maybe it is simply as simple as this: dogs love peanut butter because it tastes good (and smells incredible!) When they get to eat it in a fun toy, they can’t help but lick their lips and make happy noises.
We hope we were able to give you some more insight on why dogs love peanut butter and the best peanut butter for dogs! Make sure to check out our organic dog treats for another delicious way to include peanut butter in your dog's diet!
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