Yup, it's safe for dogs to eat peanut butter in moderation. Not only is it a lip-smacking treat, but it contains healthy fats, protein, and E and B vitamins. Not surprisingly, it's a popular ingredient in many dog treats, both store-bought and homemade.
However, it's important to note that not all types of peanut butter are created equal. Many varieties contain added salt, sugars, or artificial sweeteners, which can be harmful to your dog, especially if eaten in large amounts over time. And artificial sweeteners like xylitol are downright toxic. It's always essential to always check the ingredients list before feeding any peanut butter to your furry friend. Plain, unsalted, and unsweetened smooth or chunky peanut butter is the way to go. (If you're planning to stuff a KONG toy or or administer medication, smooth might be easiest.)
Again, moderation is key. Snacks like peanut butter should never replace your dog's regular meals nor account for more than 10% of their daily caloric intake
Also, keep in mind that some dogs may have allergies or sensitivities to peanuts, or other ingredients found in certain brands of peanut butter. If you're introducing peanut butter to your dog's diet for the first time, start with a small amount and monitor their reaction closely.
As always, before introducing a new food item into your pet's diet, consult with your veterinarian first. If your dog eats peanut butter (or any food) and is showing signs of illness such as lethargy, diarrhea, or vomiting, reach out to your veterinarian immediately. If they require veterinary care related to eating any unsafe foods, pet insurance can help cover the cost of treatment.