“ Jif Peanut Butter confirmed on Twitter in 2016 that Xylitol is not an ingredient in any of their Jif Peanut butter products.“
Is Jif Peanut Butter Safe For Dogs and Puppies?
Other than homemade peanut butter, most dog trainers and veterinarian agrees in saying that Jif Peanut Butter actually is one of the safest options you can choose to feed as treats for your dogs. In fact, only one professional out of the twelve we questioned told us that he never used Jif as treats for his dogs. Not that he didn’t recommend it, he just never tried it. However, 8 out of the twelve did mention that Kraft Peanut Butter and Skippy Peanut Butter are also considered equally safe and that people shouldn’t worry much about feeding any of these 3 options to their dogs. 5 of them also mentioned Peter Pan Peanut Butter as being an equivalent option to the ones mentioned before. For what it’s worth, both our Labradors and Chihuahua have been getting half a tablespoon or so of the creamy Jif every morning for the past 4 years. No problems thus far, not a single side effect either.
What is Xylitol and does Jif Peanut Butter contains any?
Wanna know about Xylitol anyway? Here is what Wikipedia has to say about Xylitol and the potential effects on dogs:
In dogs, Xylitol (in amounts greater than 100 mg per kilogram of body weight) generates a rapid, dose-dependent insulin release that can result in hypoglycemia, which can be life-threatening. Low blood sugar can result in a loss of coordination, depression, collapse, and seizures in dogs as quickly as 30 minutes following ingestion. Intake of doses of Xylitol greater than 500 to 1000 mg per kilogram body weight has been implicated in potentially fatal liver failure in dogs.
Xylitol is used in comparatively much smaller doses, in the ingredients of two commercial veterinary drinking water additives, marketed to prevent plaque and freshen the breath of pets.
Is now the time to panic?
Peanut butter brands and companies which include Xylitol in their products.
Here are the ones you should avoid for your dogs. Perfectly fine for you humans :)
Hank’s Protein Plus (NOW SAFE, THEY REMOVED XYLITOL FROM THEIR PRODUCTS)
No Cow (Formerly D’s Naturals)
Go Nuts, Co.
Nuts ‘N More
What is a safe amount of Jif Peanut Butter to feed my dog?
Again, most veterinarians and other dog professionals agree in saying that 1/2 a spoon up to a spoon a day is perfectly fine according to your dog’s size. It may seem like a small amount for the big dog owners out there but considering that peanut butter is quite rich in fat and proteins, it is actually a decent intake of nutrient for a single treat. There are a lot of toys and treat dispensers out there you can buy to make sure your dog works a little bit to get to the treat and at the same time develop its cognitive abilities. You are probably familiar with the Kong Extreme original toy but if you are interested in other similar toys you can stuff with peanut butter and other treats, my wife and I are obsessed with testing all the toys we can find and over time we came up with a Top 10 toys you can stuff with peanut butter. Here is a link to check it out.
Other safety issues to consider when feeding Jif Peanut Butter to a dog.
Now that you went thru every single ingredient on your Jif Peanut Butter and couldn’t find Xylitol, you are wondering if there is any other safety issue to consider before giving your animal some Jif Peanut Butter. There is actually one more thing to make sure before feeding Jif’s peanut butter or any peanut butter for that matter to an animal. We are talking about allergies. Yes, unfortunately, just like humans, dogs can be allergic to Peanut Butter.
Symptoms of allergic reactions to peanut butter in dogs.
Here is a list of the potential symptoms you should look for when giving your dog peanut butter.
Symptoms of peanut allergy in dogs can include:
- Skin irritation (redness and itchy skin)
- Hot spots
- Excessive licking of the skin
- Agitation and nervous excitement
- Bald Spots
- Hair Loss
- Gastric Distress
- Difficulty breathing (On rare occasion)
2 ways to test for allergies in dogs
How much does it cost?
Is it accurate?
Almost all of them told us it was the only accurate way to make sure your animal isn’t allergic to anything. However, most blogs and websites we found online seems to claim otherwise. We did speak with a couple of friends who went thru the whole thing and they seemed quite pleased with the results. The veterinarian was able to diagnose a food allergy and gave them a bunch of tricks and a homemade recipe to prevent future outbreaks.
At your own risk
Is Jif Creamy Peanut Butter safer than the Crunchy one?
Now you are just speaking nonsense. We already established that none of the Jif peanut butter products contains Xylitol. Both are perfectly fine. It all comes down to personal preference and the ratio of fat to protein which is extremely comparable. I’ve read online on other blogs that the crunchy one could cause harm to small dogs but my small Chihuahua begs to differ. Go with the Creamy one if it’s an issue for you but I really don’t think this is going to be a problem for any size dog. In case you didn’t already know, you can buy it in bulk from Jif on their Amazon store. Click here to check it out.
What are the best toys I can stuff with Jif peanut butter ?
1. Jif peanut butter is safe for your dog and does not contain Xylitol.
2. Do not feed anything which contains Xylitol to your dog or it might kill him.
3. Make sure your dog isn’t allergic to peanuts before feeding him half a spoon a day.
4. Check out our Top 10 toys you can stuff with peanut butter by clicking here.
Jif Creamy Peanut Butter Ingredients
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