We all know that peanut butter (PB) is a staple in many households – it’s delicious, versatile, and nutritious. But can our furry friends enjoy this American favorite, too? The answer is maybe. It really depends on what ingredients are used to make the cookie.
Many commercially-available PB cookies contain harmful ingredients, such as chocolate, raisins, macadamia nuts, or xylitol (a sugar substitute that is toxic to dogs). So, if you give your dog one of these cookies, it’s essential to check the ingredient list first to ensure that there aren’t any harmful ingredients present.
Assuming the cookie doesn’t contain any of the ingredients mentioned above, the next question is whether or not the peanut butter itself is safe for dogs. Most brands use hydrogenated vegetable oils to stabilize the product and prevent it from separating.
Unfortunately, these oils can be difficult for canines to digest and may cause a tummy ache. However, a few “natural” peanut butter brands don’t contain these stabilizing oils and are, therefore, safer for dogs to eat.
Can Dogs Eat Homemade PB Cookies?
Assuming you use a recipe that doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients listed above, homemade PB cookies should be safe for your dog to eat. Just be sure to use natural PB in your recipe (the kind that doesn’t contain hydrogenated vegetable oils).
If you’re unsure whether a certain cookie is OK for your furry friend to eat, the best idea is not to give it to them. There are plenty of dog-friendly treats in stores that your fur baby will love.
How To Make Homemade PB Cookies?
Peanut butter is a classic flavor that both kids and adults love. But are you aware that your dog can enjoy it too? In moderation, this cookie is a healthy and tasty snack for canines. Plus, it’s easy to make homemade PB cookies for your four-legged friend! Here’s everything you need to get started.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup creamy PB
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix the flour, PB, honey, egg, and baking powder in a large bowl until well combined.
- Scoop dough by the tablespoon onto a baking sheet covered with waxed paper. Use a fork to press down on each cookie to create a criss-cross pattern.
- Bake for about 11 minutes, or until cookies are slightly golden brown and set. Make sure you let it cool down before feeding it to your pup.
Remember that cookies are a snack and should not make up more than 10% of your dog’s daily calories. If you have any questions or concerns about feeding this treat to your dog, please consult with your veterinarian.
Can PB Cookies Make My Pup Sick?
As long as the cookie doesn’t contain harmful ingredients to dogs (like chocolate, raisins, or macadamia nuts) and you use natural peanut butter, homemade PB cookies should be safe for your pup to enjoy.
Can These Cookies Cause Diarrhea?
If your dog has never had PB before, start with just a little bit to see how they react to it. Some dogs may be sensitive to PB and experience diarrhea as a result. If this happens, discontinue feeding this snack and consult with your veterinarian.
What Happens If A Dog Consumes Too Many Peanut Butter Cookies?
As with anything, it’s possible for a dog to eat too much of one thing. If your dog ingests too much, it may get an upset tummy, including throwing up and runny stools. If this happens, stop giving this treat to your pup and talk to your vet.
So there you have it! Peanut butter cookies are safe for dogs as long as you take some precautions and use natural PB in your recipe. Just remember to start with a small amount to see how your pup tolerates it, and keep an eye out for any signs of gastrointestinal upset.
And, of course, always consult with your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns about feeding anything to your furry friend.