Is Peanut Butter Good for Dogs?

By Laura Agadoni

When you want to give your dog a special treat of "people food," you must know whether that food is safe for dogs. Peanut butter is good for dogs, but it's high in fat, so don't feed your dog excessive amounts. You can mix a little with his kibble on occasion, give your dog an infrequent teaspoon, or, if you need to give your dog a pill, you can put the pill inside some peanut butter.

Health Benefits

Peanut butter contains vitamin B, vitamin E, niacin and heart-healthy fats, according to Cesar's Way, the official website of Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer. The best peanut butter to choose from a nutritional standpoint is organic, unsalted and sugar free. Peanut butter helps with skin health, to strengthen the nails and to boost the immune system, according to The Dogington Post.

Some Dogs Are Allergic

Some dogs are allergic or can develop an allergy to peanut butter. Some allergic signs include the following, according to WebMD:

  • Ear inflammation
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Chronic gas
  • Licking the feet
  • An itchy rear end

If you see signs of allergies, take your dog to a veterinarian.

Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Another way to offer peanut butter is through treats. You can buy ready-made peanut butter dog treats, or you can make your own.

Giada De Laurentiis of the Food Network provides this recipe:

  • Heat your oven to 375 F.
  • Prepare a baking sheet with oil, cooking spray or use a baking mat.
  • Combine 2 cups of flour, half a cup of oats and a tablespoon of baking powder.
  • Add to the mixture a cup of chicken broth and a cup of peanut butter.
  • Shape the dough into a ball.
  • Knead the dough.
  • Roll the dough into a circle.
  • Cut out shapes using a cookie cutter.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.

Celebrity chef Paula Deen offers this recipe:

  • Heat your oven to 325 F.
  • Whisk together 3/4 cup of milk, an egg and a cup of peanut butter.
  • Add 2 1/2 cups of flour and a tablespoon of baking powder.
  • Shape the dough into a ball.
  • Roll out the dough.
  • Cut into sizes based on the size of your dog.
  • Bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 20 minutes.

This frozen recipe is from Cesar's Way:

  • Melt a cup of peanut butter in the microwave.
  • Add 32 ounces of vanilla yogurt.
  • Pour the mixture into cupcake papers.
  • Freeze.

Peanut Butter in Toys

Puzzle toys stuffed with food are great fun for dogs and can occupy their time to keep them out of trouble. Peanut butter is an excellent food to stuff into a puzzle toy. You can hide the toy in your house instead of giving it to your dog to make the game more challenging. Once the dog finds the toy, she spends time trying to lick out the peanut butter.