Can Dogs Eat Apples With Peanut Butter?

You cannot miss two things during your grocery run on your list: apples and peanut butter.

When you combine apples with peanut butter, they make a tasty snack due to the nuttiness of the butter and the crisp sweetness of the apple.

Every bite you take of this snack will make your dog eager to join in. 

So, can dogs eat apples with peanut butter?

Yes.

Apple with peanut butter is filled with healthy goodness for your dog as long as it is fed in moderation.

Apples are an excellent source of vitamins and fiber, and peanut butter is rich in protein and healthy fats. 

This article will highlight important information on the benefits, health concerns, and tips that you need to know before feeding your furry friend apples with peanut butter. 

Can dogs eat apples with peanut butter

Health benefits of apples with peanut butter for dogs

Apples contain vitamin C and A and potassium. 

  • Vitamin C is an antioxidant that will boost your dog’s immune system. It increases your dog’s antibodies, making the immune system more capable of fighting against viral infections and cancerous growths. Vitamin C also stimulates collagen production in your dog, beneficial to its joint and bone health. Collagen decreases the chance of your dog developing health problems such as hip dysplasia or spinal issues.
  • The vitamin A found in apples is good for your dog’s vision. It will also aid in the dog’s growth and development, boosts its immune system, and make its skin and fur healthy.
  • Potassium aids in your dog’s muscle strength and development. It is also important in your dog’s digestion and maintains a healthy heart function.

Apples are full of fibers that assist in digestion and ensure your dog’s gut is healthy, ensuring your dog maintains a healthy weight.

Apples are also low in calories and will be helpful if your dog needs to lose or maintain its weight.

Peanut butter is rich in healthy fats, protein, and vitamin B3

  • Proteins ensure healthy muscle growth in your dog and aids in their repair. It also boosts their immune system
  • The healthy fats in peanut butter will help your dog maintain healthy skin and improve dry coats.
  • Vitamin B3 is a great source of energy for your dog. It breaks down sugar and fats and turns them into useful energy. Vitamin B also secretes stomach acids and bile, which maintain a healthy digestive tract in your dog.

How to make apples with peanut butter for dogs

This recipe will be simple and takes less than five minutes to prepare.

All the ingredients are found in your pantry, and it is a convenient snack that you can whip up at any time of the day for your dog.

Ingredients

  • Ripe green or red apple (s)
  • peanut butter

Instructions

  • Step 1: Wash the apples thoroughly 
  • Step 2: Peel the apple to remove the skin (optional) and cut it into slices 
  • Step 3: Generously spread the peanut butter on top of the apple slices and feed it to your dog in moderation.

Health concerns of feeding your dog apples with peanut butter

Allergic reaction

Your dog can be allergic to peanuts.

Consumption of peanut butter will lead to an allergic reaction with symptoms such as red itchy skin rashes, diarrhea, vomiting, and difficulty breathing in severe cases. 

Gastrointestinal upset

Peanut butter is a high-fat food, and if your dog consumes it excessively, it will lead to gastrointestinal upset, causing vomiting and severe diarrhea.

Weight gain

The high-fat content in peanut butter will lead to weight gain in your dog.

If you are concerned about your dog’s weight, portion control will be key for snacks with peanut butter.

Peanut butter should never take more than 10% of your dog’s daily calorie intake.

Choking hazard

The apple core can get stuck in your dog’s throat choking him to death.

The seeds found at the core contain cyanide, a toxin that can harm your pet when chewed and consumed in large quantities.

Toxic flavors 

Some brands of peanut butter contain xylitol, an artificial sweetener, which is extremely toxic to dogs.

When your dog has xylitol in its system, it will be quickly absorbed into the bloodstream leading to a fast release of insulin from the pancreas.

This will lead to hypoglycemia (drop in blood sugar) which can be life-threatening to your dog.

Xylitol can also cause seizures and liver failure.

Symptoms of xylitol poisoning in a dog

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea 
  • Weakness
  • Staggering and collapse

How much apple with peanut butter is enough for my dog?

Too much of anything is not good. If you want to introduce apples with peanut butter as a staple snack for your fur friend, do it twice a week in small amounts.

It should be an occasional treat. Don’t feed the whole apple to the dog.

You can opt to feed it two or three slices as the high fiber found in apples can make your dog have an upset stomach. 

Tips to consider when feeding your dog apples with peanut butter

  • Buy organic apples for your dog as the non-organic varieties have high levels of pesticide residue.
  • If your dog has a sensitive stomach, consider peeling the apple to remove the extra fiber.
  • Cut the apple into slices so that your dog can eat it easily
  • Moderation is key. Don’t feed your furry friend too many apples with peanut butter–a whole bowl is a bad idea as it can cause stomach upsets.
  • Always remove the apple’s core and the seeds before feeding them to your dog.
  • Remember, apple with peanut butter should be a snack and not your dog’s meal.
  • Avoid peanut butter that contains xylitol. Contact your vet immediately if you suspect your dog has xylitol poisoning or is allergic to peanuts.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Is applesauce safe for dogs?

No, applesauce is not safe for dogs due to the high sugar in most of them.

If you must feed it to your dog, go for the unsweetened kind.

Can dogs eat crunchy peanut butter? 

Yes, dogs can eat crunchy peanut butter.

Crunchy or smooth peanut butter is safe for your dog if it doesn’t contain xylitol.

Conclusion

Apples with peanut butter will be a good snack for your dog.

It is packed with many good nutrients that will benefit your dog when fed in moderation.

Be sure to avoid peanut butter containing xylitol.

If you have been wondering which snacks to give your dog, go ahead and try apples with peanut butter today. 

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