Can my Puppy Eat Peanut Butter?

As a regular new puppy owner, I’m always searching for new and different foods that I can feed to my furry friend. Sure, there are plenty of packaged puppy food choices available, but, frankly, I think they need (and desire) more than what the typical puppy chow offers.

That got me thinking about different types of natural treats you can give to a puppy and if they’re safe or not. Chocolate, for example, while it might be tasty and decadent for humans, is very dangerous for dogs and puppies alike. But what about peanut butter, a food that, while hugely popular, can be problematic for some humans? 

The fact is, many of my readers ask me one question quite regularly, and it’s this; can my puppy eat peanut butter?

The answer is that, yes, puppies can eat peanut butter. It’s not dangerous in moderate amounts, and they seem to like peanut butter immensely. There are a couple of risk factors when feeding your puppy peanut butter, but overall, if given in reasonable amounts, it’s entirely safe for puppies and adult dogs too.

Knowing that puppies can eat peanut butter, you might have more questions about what type of peanut butter is best for them, how to give them peanut butter, and how much peanut butter is too much for a puppy. For those answers and several more, read on!

What Age Can a Puppy Have Peanut Butter?

Experts recommend waiting until your puppy is at least six weeks or older until you start letting them have peanut butter. That’s because they should be weaned off of their mother’s milk first, which means they’re eating solid food.

Now, here’s the thing; puppies love peanut butter. They love the taste and seem to relish licking and sucking peanut butter off of the roof of their mouth (and relentlessly at that). If you give them peanut butter, they’re going to eat it and eat all you give them.
Indeed, puppies love peanut butter so much that many new puppy owners use it to train them and, in some cases, distract them while they do things their pup doesn’t like. But, again, you should hold off on giving a puppy peanut butter until they’re 6 weeks of age.

What Brand of Peanut Butter is Safe for Puppies?

When it comes to peanut butter, there are a few different things you need to be aware of before giving it to your puppy or dog. The reason why is simple; not all peanut butter is the same. Some are more healthy, with all-natural ingredients and few “bad” ingredients, and some are, frankly, not.

One thing I hear all the time is, “what brand of peanut butter is safe for puppies. The thing is, though, the brand doesn’t matter. It’s what’s in the peanut butter that matters. For example, any peanut butter with the following ingredients should be avoided as a puppy treat:

  • Xylitol. These days, several peanut butter brands use xylitol, an artificial sweetener, instead of, ugh, sugar. While sugar is bad, xylitol is toxic and can hurt your pup.
  • Chocolate. You’ll find chocolate mixed with some peanut butter and, as we all know, chocolate is very unhealthy for puppies and dogs.
  • Sugar. Puppies do not need sugar, especially the processed white sugar found in many peanut butter brands. 
  • Corn syrup. If puppies don’t need sugar, they need corn syrup even less. 
  • Hydrogenated vegetable oil. Peanut butter already has a high-fat content. That makes avoiding any brands with hydrogenated vegetable oil a must.

What Peanut Butter Doesn’t Have Xylitol?

Many different brands of peanut butter don’t have xylitol; all you need to do is check the label. The problem, however, is all of the other ingredients I mentioned above. Finding a peanut butter brand with none of those ingredients isn’t an easy affair.

While this might seem problematic, a relatively easy solution is 100% successful; make your puppy’s peanut butter yourself. A decent food processor, peanuts, and salt are all you need, and peanut butter stays edible for days, if not weeks, at a time.

That being said, if you don’t have the time or inclination to make it yourself, there are a few brands on the market that will suffice. One caveat is that they might be slightly more expensive because they’re all-natural. They include:

  • 365 Organic, Unsweetened, No Salt
  • Adams Natural
  • Crazy Richard’s
  • Good & Gather Organic
  • Trader Joe’s 
  • Kirkland Signature
  • Smuckers Organic

Can Puppies Eat Peanut Butter in Kong?

Yes, puppies can eat peanut butter that’s been stuffed into a Kong puppy toy. As with any treat you give them, though, try not to overdo it. The fat content in peanut butter can give your puppy diarrhea, which isn’t fun for them or, for that matter, you. (Unless you enjoy cleaning up a big, nasty, sloppy mess off the floor.)

One thing to keep in mind is the size of the King toy, of course. A smaller Kong toy is better for smaller pups, lest they have problems putting their jaws around it. Bigger puppies can more easily get peanut butter out of a bigger King toy.

Can Puppies Have Crunchy Peanut Butter?

Yes, puppies can eat crunchy peanut butter, but, as with creamy, they should only have it in moderation. Remember, peanut butter is very high in fat, even if it’s crunchy. Giving your puppy too much could upset their stomach or, even worse, make them overweight. 

One other important thing to factor into consideration is the size of your puppy. For example, a Chihuahua puppy could choke on crunchy peanut butter, while a Great Dane puppy probably won’t have any difficulty. If your puppy is a smaller breed, you might want to stay away from the crunchy kind.

Final Thoughts

Can my puppy eat peanut butter? Yes, they can, and it’s a relatively healthy treat in moderation. It’s perfect as a snack or to stick inside a Kong toy to keep them occupied and happy. Peanut butter is also a fantastic way to divert your puppy’s attention while they, for example, get their nails clipped. As long as you avoid peanut butter with the ingredients I mentioned in today’s blog, they should be just fine.

Please see my other blogs if you have more questions about puppies, peanut butter, and Kong toys! They’ve got the information you need to make sure your fur baby stays healthy and happy!