Have you ever known any dog that doesn’t go crazy over peanut butter? Just a little bit on a spoon or a cracker satisfies even the pickiest eater. The fresh, nutty smell alone can bring dogs running for a taste.
With DOGSBUTTERyou’ll be able to treat your pooch to an all-natural peanut butter specially formulated to help prevent dry, itchy skin and add to moisture and shine to your dog’s coat. Made with organic peanuts, golden flaxseed, palm fruit oil, and coconut, DOGSBUTTER contains no added salt, sugar, or hydrogenated oils.
Additionally, the Vitamin E and fatty acids in DOGSBUTTERare known to have antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-oxidizing properties to keep your pet healthy inside and out.
How will eating peanut butter benefit my dog?
Organic peanut butter is full of the B Vitamins and minerals that can contribute to your dog’s health. Some of those nutrients include:
– Niacin (Vitamin B3) – Converts food to energy and benefits your dog’s skin, digestive system, and nervous system.
– Folic Acid (Vitamin B9) – Helps in the production and maintenance of new cells and, according to various studies, may help prevent heart disease
-Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) – Critical for metabolism and the synthesis of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats in food.
-Thiamin (Vitamin B1) – Converts carbs into energy and is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, nervous system, and muscles.
-Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) – Serves a key role in metabolizing fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.
-Choline – Critical for the maintenance and function of healthy body cells and is needed for the development of lung and brain tissue in puppies.
– Vitamin B6 – Involved in protein and red blood cell metabolism and has a role in the nervous and immune systems. Studies show an increased intake of B6 may be beneficial to dogs with heart disease.
-Vitamin E – An antioxidant, Vitamin E has been shown to effectively increase the immune system and works to speed up the healing process on a cellular level. Additionally, Vitamin E maintains the integrity of skin cells by protecting them from harmful oxygen-free radicals.
-Magnesium – Maintains normal muscle and nerve function thereby keeping the heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, promotes normal blood pressure, keeps bones strong, and helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
-Phosphorus – Functions in the formation of bones and teeth. It also helps synthesize protein for the growth, maintenance, and repair of cells and tissues.
-Potassium – Critical to maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance in the body. It is important to brain and nerve function and is necessary for normal growth and muscle development.
-Zinc — Supports your dog’s immune system, helps in wound healing, and is involved in building proteins. Zinc also supports normal growth and development during puppyhood.
-Iron – Iron is involved in transporting oxygen throughout the body via the circulatory system and helps regulate cell growth and differentiation.
-Copper – Plays a role in the production of key proteins in your pet’s body such as collagen and hemoglobin, which helps to transport oxygen.
-Manganese – Works to promote enzyme production in the body.
-Selenium – An antioxidant, selenium helps to prevent cellular damage from free radicals. It regulates thyroid function and plays a role in the immune system.
-Oleic Acid – A fatty acid, oleic acid lowers LDL, or “bad cholesterol,” and increases HDL, or “good cholesterol,” in the blood that can help prevent canine heart disease.
What are some of the ways I can use peanut butter?
Hide the bitter taste of your pet’s medications in a spoonful of DOGSBUTTER. Tuck a pill down into a mound of the tasty stuff and your dog is compelled to eat it all without even thinking about that nasty medicine.
Keep your pooch occupied with hours of concentrated fun by placing a spoonful of peanut butter into the deep recesses of her Kong toy or into any other hollow chew toy.
Cool your dog down with peanut butter popsicles. Mix water and small spoonfuls of peanut butter in the pockets of an ice tray and freeze them. Keep a bag of these peanut butter popsicles indefinitely in your freezer for those extra hot summer days.
From the kitchen of Paula Deen: Bodeen’s Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 40 min
· ¾ cup nonfat Milk
· 1 Egg
· 1 cup Peanut Butter, smooth
· 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
· 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
1. Preheat your oven to 325°.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, egg and peanut butter.
3. Add in the flour and baking powder to make a very stiff dough, using your hands to work in the last of the flour if necessary.
4. Flour a work surface and roll out dough to a 1/4” thickness.
5. Cut into desired sizes depending on the size of your dog.
6. Bake on a parchment lined baking tray for approximately 20 minutes.
7. Turn biscuits over and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
8. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
9. Bodeen’s Dog Biscuits can also be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
(Paula’s note: as a general rule, most homemade dog biscuits do well with 1 part liquid to 3 parts dry. You can customize the recipe by adding and subtracting ingredients your dog likes.)
From the pages of Modern Dog Magazine: Peanut Butter and Banana Oat Drops
· 4 cups rolled oats
· 2 Tbsp. ground flax seed
· 2 medium very ripe bananas
· 1/2 cup natural (no sugar or shortening added) peanut butter
· 1/2 cup water
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Mix together oats, flax seed, bananas, and peanut butter in an electric mixer.
3. Add water and mix well.
4. Drop 1/2 teaspoon-sized drops onto greased cookie sheet or roll out and cut with a cookie cutter (let dough stand for a few minutes before rolling; it’s sticky initially).
5. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
6. The drops last longer and are delightfully crunchy if they are placed in a dehydrator for several hours after baking to remove all moisture. This can also be done in a low temperature (170 degrees) oven.
What about peanut allergies?
Dogs, like humans, can be allergic to peanuts and the symptoms are similar. You’ll see the signs of an allergy immediately after ingestion – skin irritation, scratching and biting that can lead to hair loss, and, occasionally, mouth and lip inflammation. Long-term after effects include chronic ear and skin infections. If you notice the symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately. Typically, you’ll be prescribed anti-inflammatory medications to administer to your pet.