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Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Are peanut butter dog treats safe for dogs?

The answer is yes, it's a good dog snack if the peanut butter is the right kind.

Peanut butter is high in protein, has no cholesterol, no transfats, and is a good source of niacin and folate. That's why humans include it on their list of good energy foods.

Peanutbutter dog treats - seashells made by Road Apples LV bakery:

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If you are making homemade dog treats, grocery store peanut butter is not the best way to go. Here's why:

  • It's high in calories - 2 tablespoons have 190 calories
  • It's high in fat
  • Commercial peanut butter contains high amounts of sodium (salt)
    and has added sugar
  • It contains preservatives

Commercial brands are okay to use if you need to hide a pill for your dog, but the high fat, salt and sugar content makes it unhealthy to use on a regular basis.

Good news! There is a relatively new all natural product available to use to make healthy pet treats. It's called peanut butter powder. These are the benefits:

  • Peanut butter powder has more protein than regular peanuts (peanut butter powder is about 50% protein, peanuts are about 25% protein)
  • It is naturally low in fat - lower than peanut butter, because part of the peanut oil is removed in the processing
  • It is relatively low in carbohydrates
  • It is gluten free
  • It stays fresher longer than peanut butter
  • The peanut butter powder is easier to work with than peanut butter

If you are making a dough mix, the powder mixes well with your other ingredients and will not separate or clump. Organic peanut butter or all natural peanut butter are both healthy alternatives but require quite a bit of mixing to blend the ingredients in the jar as the oil tends to separate from the spread.

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