Does the smell of peanut butter drive your dachshund nuts? Are you wondering if your dachshund can eat peanut butter and what type to buy? Here’s everything you need to know about dachshunds and peanut butter.
Can Dachshunds Eat Peanut Butter? Yes, dachshunds can eat peanut butter as a special treat, as long as the brand you choose is 100% peanut and doesn’t contain xylitol, as this is toxic to dogs. Peanut butter is rich in vitamins and minerals, and a good source of healthy fats, fibre and protein.
But, before you stick that teaspoon in the peanut butter jar, there’s more you need to know. Read on to find out the good, the bad, and the crunchy!
Table of Contents
- What Kind Of Peanut Butter Can I Feed My Dachshund?
- Is Xylitol Toxic For Dachshunds?
- How Much Peanut Butter Can Dachshunds Eat?
- Is Peanut Butter Good For Dachshunds?
- Can Dachshunds Be Allergic To Peanut Butter?
- Can Dachshunds Eat Peanut Butter And Jelly?
- Is Crunchy Or Smooth Peanut Butter Better For Dachshunds?
- Do Dachshunds Like Peanut Butter?
- What Should I Do If My Dachshund Has Eaten Peanut Butter Containing Xylitol?
- What do I do next?
Before feeding your Dachshund any human or new food, it’s best to check with your Vet. This article is based on research and personal experience as a Dachshund owner of 10+ years. I am not a Vet, qualified dog trainer or dog behaviourist.
What Kind Of Peanut Butter Can I Feed My Dachshund?
It’s best to buy 100% peanut, all-natural, unsalted peanut butter with no nasty additives, palm oil or added sugar. Read the ingredients label on the back of the jar carefully, and avoid any peanut butter brands that contain the sweetener xylitol, as this is toxic to dogs. Don’t buy peanut butter containing chocolate either, as this is also toxic to dogs. If you’re in any doubt on the ingredients, don’t buy it! Even a small amount of xylitol can be lethal to dogs so check with your vet first.
Is Xylitol Toxic For Dachshunds?
Yes! Never feed your dachshund peanut butter or any other product containing the sweetener xylitol, as this is toxic to dogs. xylitol causes an insulin surge and drastic drop in blood sugar levels. It happens quickly and, if not treated in time, can result in liver failure, seizures and even death. Make sure you check all ingredients labels carefully and, if in doubt, check with your vet.
How Much Peanut Butter Can Dachshunds Eat?
You should only feed your dachshund peanut butter in moderation. It can be spread on a lick mat when bathing your dachshund or stuffed inside a Kong as an occasional treat. Dachshunds are prone to obesity and peanut butter contains a lot of fat. The basic rule of thumb is to give no more than 10% of a dog’s daily food allowance as treats. Given that all dachshunds are different shapes and sizes, it’s best to check the specific quantity with your vet.
Is Peanut Butter Good For Dachshunds?
All-natural, unsalted peanut butter made from 100% peanuts is rich in vitamins and minerals, but does also contain fat. Dachshunds that are overweight should avoid fatty treats, and dachshunds that have kidney problems should avoid excess salt. If your dachshund suffers with allergies, it may be best to stick to his regular diet and not add any new foods without speaking to your vet first.
If your dachshund is healthy, the occasional peanut butter treat should be OK – as long as it’s 100% peanut and xylitol free. But, if your dachshund has any health issues or struggles with his weight, peanut butter may not be the best treat option.
Can Dachshunds Be Allergic To Peanut Butter?
Although rare, it is possible for dachshunds to be allergic to peanut butter, but it does depend on the individual dog. It’s always best to run any new foods past your vet first, and feed them in very small quantities. Keep an eye out for any signs or symptoms of allergy or sickness and, if you’re at all concerned, contact your vet for advice.
Can Dachshunds Eat Peanut Butter And Jelly?
Dachshunds can eat peanut butter – it must be all-natural, 100% peanuts and xylitol free – but shouldn’t eat jelly or jam as it’s way too high in sugar. Not only that, the jelly could contain things like cherries, grapes or raisins that are also toxic to dogs. Dachshunds are prone to obesity and eating jelly could also increase their risk of diabetes. Always check the food ingredients labels on the back of the packaging and, if in doubt, check with your vet.
Is Crunchy Or Smooth Peanut Butter Better For Dachshunds?
It doesn’t matter whether you feed crunchy or smooth peanut butter to your dachshund. The most important thing about the peanut butter you choose is that it’s xylitol free, as this is toxic to dogs. It needs to be all-natural, 100% peanut, unsalted peanut butter with no nasty additives, added sugar or palm oil.
Do Dachshunds Like Peanut Butter?
Yes, most dachshunds love the taste of peanut butter. It’s great to use as a high value treat when dog training or to hide any medication inside. It can also be used as a distraction when you’re bathing your dachshund or trimming his nails!
What Should I Do If My Dachshund Has Eaten Peanut Butter Containing Xylitol?
If your dachshund has eaten peanut butter or any other product containing xylitol, contact an emergency vet immediately. Do not leave it, you must act fast!
So, there you have it! Healthy dachshunds can eat peanut butter as an occasional treat but the brand you buy must not contain xylitol, as this is toxic to dogs. Choose a peanut butter that is 100% peanut, all-natural, unsalted, with no nasty additives, palm oil or added sugar. Check the ingredients label on the back of the packaging carefully and, if you’re unsure, ask your vet for advice.
What do I do next?
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