Celebrating Your Dog's Favorite Treat – Peanut Butter
January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day, a day set aside for celebrating a staple found in just about every American’s kitchen and a favorite flavor among dogs around the world. Let’s celebrate by learning a little more about peanut butter dog treats and the nutritional benefits for dogs.
5 Nutritional Benefits of Peanut Butter for Dogs
1. High Protein
Protein should make up a primary portion of your dog’s diet, and peanut butter is 25% protein. This makes it a great choice for dogs.
2. High Fiber
Peanut butter is also high in fiber which (in moderation) can help to regulate your dog’s digestive system, promoting better gastrointestinal health.
3. Healthy Fatty Acids
Peanut butter is high in fat but in the healthy kinds: polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Peanut butter contains high amounts of vitamin E and a variety of B vitamins which are essential for the health and function of your dog’s body.
Peanut butter also contains a lot of manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus which help to keep your dog’s body strong in a variety of ways such as facilitating energy production at the cellular level and supporting the health of your dog’s teeth.
Choosing the Right Peanut Butter for Your Dog
Not all kinds of peanut butter are created equal. Some contain toxic artificial sweeteners like xylitol. Others have added sugar. Some are highly processed. When choosing peanut butter for your pet, stick with an all-natural recipe and make sure it does not contain xylitol.
It’s also important to remember that, as with most treats, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Be sure to limit your dog’s peanut butter intake to reasonable, size-appropriate portions for your pet.
Nutritional Counseling for Pets at Pacific Pet Hospital
Your pet’s diet and nutrition create the foundation for its overall health. So, what your pet eats and how much can have a major impact on their overall wellness, energy level, happiness, and long-term health. At Pacific Pet Hospital, we provide nutritional counseling for pets of all ages and species. We tailor our nutritional plans to meet the individual needs of each of our patients, providing general recommendations and specific prescription diets designed to address particular health problems.