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Giving Fido Peanut Butter

January 15, 2022

Peanut Butter Appreciation Day is coming up January 24th. This is one snack that can definitely get some tails wagging! You can give your canine buddy some of this delicious snack, though there are a few caveats. A local Salem, VA vet discusses giving Fido peanut butter in this article.


Treats

There are some great recipes for dog treats that include peanut butter. You can also make your own! For a base, you can combine the PB with whole-wheat flour, rgg, pureed pumpkin, ripe bananas, or fat-free yogurt. Feel free to mix and match these ingredients. You can also add shredded chicken, or perhaps little bits of bacon or apple. Divide into small portions, and bake. Start with 15 minutes at 350, and go from there.


Safety

While not all of our favorite foods are safe for our canine companions, peanut butter is on the approved list … with one major caveat. You do need to make sure to only give Fido brands that do not contain xylitol. Xylitol is a preservative that is found in many processed foods, particularly sweets and baked goods. It’s safe for us, but is unfortunately toxic to our furry friends. Always check the label!


Storage

Exact storage times will always vary a bit, depending on what’s in a particular batch of cookies. Most cookies should be fine for days or even weeks in a sealed tin or bag. You can also freeze your furry pal’s treats.


Presentation

Fido really won’t care what his treats look like. However, it’s not a bad idea to get a cute bone-shaped mold. This can help distinguish your pup’s cookies from human ones. Plus, homemade dog treats can make great gifts! Put them in a mason jar, and tie a pretty ribbon around it.


Hacks

Peanut butter can also come in handy for those times when you might need to trick Fido a little. You may have seen memes about spreading peanut butter on your shower wall to distract your four-legged friend while he’s getting bathed. We’re not entirely sold on this … the main concern being that your pooch could ingest mold, soap, or shower-cleaning chemicals. Either scrub the shower before and after, or just use a plate. Peanut butter can also be useful when giving pills.


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