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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.

Peanut butter dog treats – seashells made by Road Apples LV bakery:

peanut butter dog treat recipe 1

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, and 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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