Peanut butter for pets… pawsitively yummy or poisonous?​

Peanut butter for dogs has gained popularity as a delightful treat and a creative way to engage them, especially when using peanut butter-filled toys like lick mats or Kongs. While it can be a safe and enjoyable indulgence for your furry friend, not all peanut butter is created equal when it comes to canine consumption.

Notably, some types of peanut butter can pose risks to dogs due to certain ingredients, primarily xylitol. Xylitol, a sugar alcohol used as a sweetener in many human foods, including some peanut butter brands, is highly toxic to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause a drastic drop in a dog’s blood sugar levels, leading to hypoglycemia, seizures, liver failure, and, in severe cases, death. Therefore, it’s crucial for dog owners to be vigilant and avoid peanut butter products containing xylitol when considering treats for their pets.

To ensure your dog’s safety and enjoyment, always check the ingredients list of peanut butter before offering it to them. Opt for natural, unsweetened, and unsalted peanut butter varieties, preferably without additives like xylitol, excessive sodium, or artificial sweeteners. Pure peanut butter, made solely from peanuts, is the best choice for your canine companion.

When it comes to using peanut butter in lick mats or Kongs, it can be a fantastic way to keep your dog entertained and mentally stimulated. Lick mats, often made of silicone, and Kongs, durable rubber toys with hollow interiors, can be filled with peanut butter as a tasty and engaging treat for your dog. Here are some tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience:

  • Select the Right Peanut Butter: Opt for natural, dog-safe peanut butter without harmful additives or sweeteners. Read labels carefully to avoid xylitol or excessive sugar content.
  • Moderation is Key: While peanut butter can be a delightful treat, it’s essential to offer it in moderation. Too much peanut butter can lead to weight gain due to its high-fat content.
  • Supervision: Always supervise your dog while they enjoy peanut butter on a lick mat or Kong. This ensures they don’t ingest the toy or accidentally chew and swallow parts of it.
  • Cleaning: Regularly clean and wash the lick mats or Kongs thoroughly after use. Peanut butter residue can attract bacteria and lead to hygiene issues.
  • Variety in Fillings: Experiment with different fillings alongside peanut butter, such as mashed banana or plain yogurt, to provide variety and additional nutrients for your dog.

Remember, each dog is unique, so observe your pet’s reactions when introducing new treats. Some dogs may have allergies or sensitivities to peanuts or other ingredients, so it’s advisable to consult your veterinarian if you have any concerns about incorporating peanut butter into your dog’s diet.

In summary, while peanut butter can be a delightful and engaging treat for dogs when used responsibly, it’s vital to choose safe varieties without harmful additives like xylitol. By being mindful of ingredients, using moderation, and supervising their enjoyment, peanut butter can be a tasty and enjoyable addition to your dog’s treat repertoire.

At 101 Pet Products, we have our own brand of peanut butter, called MUTT BUTTER. Made with 100% peanuts – no sweetener, additives or preservatives.

Click on the image below to check it out! PS, if you order 3 tubs of peanut butters, we include a lick mat valued at R99 free of charge!

If you need some extra lick mats, click on the image below:


Finally, for our Stuffable Rubber  (similar to a Kong), click on the image below:

PS, our peanut butter is so yummy, you are welcome to share it with your dog!

PS, for all the cat moms and dads:

Cats can technically have peanut butter in small amounts, but it’s not an ideal treat for them. While some cats might be curious about peanut butter and may nibble on it if offered, it’s important to note a few considerations:

  • Nutritional Needs: Cats have different nutritional requirements than dogs. Peanut butter doesn’t offer any significant nutritional benefits for felines. Cats are obligate carnivores, and their diet should primarily consist of meat-based protein.
  • Digestive Sensitivity: Some cats may have digestive sensitivities to certain human foods, including peanut butter. The high-fat content in peanut butter could potentially lead to gastrointestinal upset in some cats.
  • Allergies: Just like in dogs, some cats may have allergies to peanuts or specific components found in peanut butter. Allergic reactions can range from mild itching or gastrointestinal upset to more severe symptoms.

Given these factors, it’s generally recommended to avoid regularly offering peanut butter to cats. If you’re looking for treats or ways to engage your cat, there are numerous cat-specific treats available that are formulated to meet their nutritional needs and are safer for their digestive systems.

If you suspect your cat has ingested peanut butter and shows any signs of allergic reaction, discomfort, or unusual behavior, it’s advisable to contact your veterinarian for guidance. As always, when introducing new foods or treats to your cat’s diet, it’s best to do so cautiously and in moderation while closely observing their reactions.