Nutter Butters are a classic and delicious treat – soft, creamy peanut butter sandwiched between two sweet little wafers made to look like adorable peanuts – what’s not to love?
Since many humans enjoy Nutter Butters, you may wonder if it’s something you can give to your dog as a treat. After all, they even kind of look like dog biscuits!
Lots of people give peanut butter to their pets as an occasional treat, so Nutter Butters can’t be too different, right?
Although the regular Nutter Butters aren’t toxic for dogs, it’s still better that they don’t eat them. This article will explain why and what you can give to your pup instead.
First Off, Can Dogs Have Peanut Butter?
Yes! Natural peanut butter, the kind without tons of additives, sugars, and preservatives, is fine in small quantities for non-allergic dogs.
Unfortunately, the peanut butter filling in Nutter Butters doesn’t fall into this category of dog-safe peanut butters.
Also, many brands of peanut butter have xylitol as an ingredient. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in tons of human foods, especially low-sugar or diet foods claiming to be healthy. While this may be true for humans, the same can’t be said for dogs, as xylitol is extremely toxic for them.
Although the peanut butter in Nutter Butters doesn’t list xylitol as an ingredient, there are other unnatural ingredients that make it less than ideal for your dog.
If you want to give your dog a peanut butter treat, stick to a natural brand.
So Why Can’t Dogs Eat Nutter Butters?
Simply put, for the same reason that humans should only have them in moderation: they’re full of sugars, artificial flavoring, high fructose corn syrup, and other unhealthy ingredients.
While humans are able to digest these ingredients in small amounts, dogs can’t. Their digestive systems haven’t evolved to handle this kind of processed food.
So even though Nutter Butters may not technically be toxic (unless they’re covered in chocolate), they’ll likely cause your dog some stomach upset and can lead to vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and more.
This is one snack it’s best not to share with your canine friend.
What Should I Do If My Dog Consumed Nutter Butters?
If someone fed your dog Nutter Butters without knowing the risks or he broke into a package of them, the most important thing is to stay calm.
Remember — although they aren’t healthy and could make him sick, your dog won’t be poisoned by peanut butter Nutter Butters.
Make sure he has access to his regular dog food and plenty of water to flush all the sugar and toxins out of his system. Also, observe your dog for the next 24 hours to see if he vomits or has diarrhea. If he does, it’s still okay. This is just his body’s way of getting those foreign ingredients that he can’t digest.
If your dog continues to throw up after a few hours or displays signs of lethargy and refuses to eat after a day, take him to the vet.
And obviously, move the rest (if there are any left!) of the Nutter Butters out of his reach and tell your family and friends to do the same.
Then, What Can I Offer My Dog Instead?
Luckily, there are tons of delicious peanut-flavored dog treats on the market, as well as recipes for ones you can easily make at home!
Riley’s Organic Dog Treats
Riley’s Biscuits make an affordable, healthy alternative to Nutter Butters for dogs. These peanut butter and molasses flavored treats are totally certified organic, non-GMO, vegan, and even 100% human-grade (meaning they’re safe for you to eat too).
Plus, they contain only 6 ingredients, all of which are easy to recognize and pronounce, which is a pretty good test for how unhealthy or artificial a food product is.
They’re also available in two sizes, which means they’ll work for just about any dog and they come in a bag that should last for a while if used as an occasional treat.
The peanut butter and molasses flavor is the best substitute for Nutter Butters, however, there are more flavors to try out.
Peanut Butter Dog Cookies
In case you want to go the extra mile and make your own peanut butter dog treats, here’s a simple recipe:
- 1 cup flour
- ½ cup creamy natural peanut butter
- ¼ cup very ripe mashed banana or unsweetened natural applesauce
- ¼ cup chicken, vegetable, or beef stock
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix together the flour, peanut butter, and banana/applesauce in a large bowl. Stir in the stock until all ingredients are combined and you have a stiff, thick dough. Roll the dough into a ball.
- Sprinkle a flat surface such as a cutting board or countertop with a little bit of flour. Set the ball of dough on top of the flour and use a rolling pin to roll the dough flat. The sheet of dough should be about ¼ inch thick.
- Use a cookie cutter (or whatever you have on hand if you don’t have cookie cutters – jar lids, bottle caps, etc.) to cut the dough into shapes. Transfer to an ungreased cookie sheet.
- When the oven is finished preheating, bake the biscuits for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. If you cut the biscuits into very small shapes, you may want to decrease the cooking time.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Store these dog biscuits in an airtight container.
- Extra points if you smear a little creamy natural peanut butter on top of the biscuit before serving to your dog to make it even more like a real Nutter Butter!
Because of the artificial, processed ingredients and sugar content, dogs shouldn’t eat Nutter Butters. If your dog consumes any, monitor him for signs of vomiting or illness.
You should always look for the most natural, unprocessed, high-quality food items you can find. When it comes to peanut butter or any sort of treat, look out for the ingredient xylitol, which is toxic for dogs.
If you prefer to stay on the safe side, homemade treats and Riley’s Organic Dog Treats are great, healthy alternatives to feeding your pup Nutter Butters.
On that note, go pick up a bag of Riley’s for your dog and maybe some Nutter Butters for yourself!