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Giving Your Dog Peanut Butter

January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day! While this one may not be an official doggy holiday, it is one that many of our canine patients would be quite interested in. Fido certainly does love his PB! Read on as a Columbia, MD vet offers tips on giving your pup this popular treat.

Choose The Right Brand

Peanut butter is considered a healthy snack, as long as it’s fed in moderation. It contains nutrients that are very beneficial to dogs, such as Vitamins A and H. It’s also a great way to fool Fido into taking his pills! However, there are some caveats. First and foremost: be sure to read the label. Many types of peanut butter contain xylitol, which is highly toxic to pooches. In fact, dosage-wise, xylitol is more poisonous to pups than chocolate! Choose brands that don’t contain xylitol. It’s also worth noting that chunky peanut butter can pose a choking risk to small dogs.

Snacks

Want to really get Fido’s tail going? Make him these yummy treats. Mix 2 and a half cups of whole-wheat flour with one cup of natural PB, a cup of water, a teaspoon of baking powder, and an egg. You can also add in ripe bananas, minced cooked chicken, or pureed pumpkin. Once you have the batter mixed, roll it out so that it’s about a half inch thick. Divide into small portions with a cookie cutter, and then bake for 20 minutes at 350.

Pawdicure

As you may have noticed, a popular new dog-care hack involving peanut butter has caught the internet’s attention. This one involves distracting Fido with peanut butter while you’re grooming him. Some people put the PB on their shower walls while bathing their pets. Others have gone so far as to wrap their foreheads in cellophane and put the PB on that while clipping their dogs’ nails. Check with your vet before trying this one, folks. It’s also important to use common sense precautions. For example, if your pooch has any biting tendencies, the forehead one should be a definite pass!

Movie

Want to know the perfect way to wind down after the holiday? Watch The Peanut Butter Falcon with Fido? Offer lots of ear scritches and belly rubs, and a limited amount of those PB treats.

Please contact us, your Columbia, MD veterinary clinic, anytime. We’re always here to help!

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