Almond butter is one of the many different types of nut-based butter, which is made by crushing the particular kind of nut into a paste. Additional ingredients like oils, salt, flavorings, and sweeteners are added. Many humans who do not suffer from nut allergies love nut-based butters, but can dogs eat almonds and almond butter?
Health Benefits Of Almond Butter For Dogs
Dogs often love almond butter. Eaten in small quantities (for example, a little almond butter on a spoon from time to time as a treat) dogs can derive essential vitamins from almond butter. Almond butter contains a range of vitamins and minerals. Vitamin B3 is one of them, and this helps your dog keep his coat, eyes, liver, and skin healthy. Vitamin E, zinc, and magnesium in almond butter are good for dogs’ immune systems, so your pet is more resistant to illness. Vitamin E also helps reduce the risk of cancer in dogs. Almond butter’s vitamin B6 and iron are good for dogs’ red blood cells, and calcium keeps dogs’ bones strong and healthy. It is also high in monounsaturated fats (or healthy fats) and a good source of omega 3 fatty acids.
While dogs often like them, almonds themselves could cause a choking hazard, particularly in small dogs. Dogs do not chew their food the way humans do and tend to swallow almonds whole. They can block your pet’s esophagus, intestines, or windpipe. They can also cause gastric upsets.
Are There Risks To Giving Dogs Almond Butter?
Firstly, avoid giving your dog almond butter too often, or giving him too much of it at once. Almond butter is not particularly easy for dogs to digest, and they may get an upset stomach or suffer from other gastric issues. If your dog does get an upset stomach, give him a bland diet until his tummy settles and make sure he has plenty of fresh water to avoid dehydration from diarrhea. Sometimes eating almond butter might cause dogs to vomit because their system cannot tolerate the amount of the nut-based butter they have eaten. A bland diet and fresh water is the best solution.
Like many nut-based butters, almond butter is high in fat. If it also comes sweetened with honey or sugar, this makes it even higher in calories. You might find your pet gains weight as a result. So make sure you only feed this in small quantities as an occasional treat.
Your pet may have an allergic reaction to eating almond butter. If this is the case, get him to a vet as soon as possible. See your vet if any gastric issues your dog suffers do not clear up within 24 to 48 hours.
How Best To Give My Dog Almond Butter
Homemade almond butter is preferable to store-bought. This is because, by making it yourself, you will know exactly what the ingredients are, avoiding possible health issues for your dog through an overly sweetened, heavily flavored, or heavily salted store-bought product. You can also make a baked nut butter treat for your dog at home. Popular recipes to make at home include pumpkin almond butter dog treats, or frozen almond butter dog treats - You can find recipes on the internet for these or other baked treats. You could mix a little almond butter with your pet’s kibble or fill a chewable toy with the right amount suitable for your dog.
If you do decide to buy almond butter, take the time to read the label. Choose one that uses unsalted almonds. Look for ingredients like additives, hidden sugars (such as fructose and sucrose), and preservatives. None of these are likely to be very good for your pet. Organic type nut butters would be a better choice. And never buy reduced-fat almond butter, or almond butter that has Xylitol in it - an artificial sweetener. This is toxic for dogs and may cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), liver failure, and possibly death. Do not buy almond butter containing chocolate, which is very bad for your dog. Chocolate contains cocoa which contains the compound theobromine. This is toxic to dogs.
How Do I Know If My Dog Likes Almond Butter?
Your furry friend will tell you he likes this treat by wagging his tail when you prepare to give it to him or will pace around the room waiting for it. He might raise his ears, whine, or lick his lips. Drooling is another way your pet will indicate they like this treat. He might beg for more, paw at your leg, or even stare avidly at you when you are getting this nut-butter treat ready.
What Other Types of Nut-Based Butter Can I Give My Dog?
There is a wide range of nut butters your dog might like - as a treat.
Many dogs like peanut butter. You might be asking, can dogs eat peanuts, since they can have peanut butter? The answer is yes. Dogs can eat peanuts and peanut butter. While the answer is yes to the question can a dog have peanuts and peanut butter, this is not the case if he is allergic to peanuts. You might only find this out if he eats peanut butter and is ill afterward. Fortunately, allergies to peanuts and peanut butter in dogs are rare. Talk to your vet if you are concerned. While your dog may like peanut butter, it is high in calories and fat, so you should only give your dog limited peanut butter. Some dogs definitely prefer peanut butter to any other type of nut butters.
Both Cashews and cashew butter are safe for your dog. However, they must have been roasted or cooked. Raw cashews are not healthy for your dog as they have a toxin in them. Cooking or roasting destroys this toxin. Cashew butter has the same number of calories and fat as peanut butter, but less protein and more carbohydrate. This type of nut butter has more iron and magnesium than peanut butter and a little more fat.
You can also give your dog hazelnut butter if he likes it as it is safe for him. However, if you have a small dog, avoid giving him whole hazelnuts as this could be a choking hazard.
Pistachio butter is not good for your dog, and neither are pistachios. They can have a particular type of mold in them, which is bad for your pet’s liver. Pecan butter is also not good for your dog’s liver.
Walnut butters and walnuts are also not healthy for your dog, so do not give your dog these foods. They may irritate your pet’s stomach and may even be toxic for him.
Macadamia butter and macadamia nuts are poisonous for dogs and can lead to shivering, diarrhea, vomiting, running a fever, or having weak legs. If you know your dog has eaten these, see your vet, even if your dog shows no symptoms.