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No, dogs should not eat peanut butter and jelly since it can lead to obesity and diabetes. Additionally, some brands of peanut butter might contain xylitol which is extremely toxic to dogs.

Peanut Butter and Jelly
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Caution: This food is generally considered risky by the veterinary community. Dogs should not eat this food and should be monitored for adverse effects.

Food Safety Safe in a very small amount. Regular consumption can lead to health issues.
Nutritional Risks Peanut butter and jelly contain excess salt and sugar, which are unsuitable for a dog’s diet. Xylitol in some brands can be a major issue since it is toxic.
Potential Risks Diabetes, obesity, sodium poisoning, xylitol poisoning.
Symptoms vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, increased heart rate, seizures, and collapse in case of xylitol poisoning.
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

Common Ingredients

  • Peanut Butter– safe for dogs if it does not contain xylitol
  • Jelly– is safe for dogs, but added sugar can spike the dog’s glycemic index
  • Bread– is safe for dogs but does not have much nutritional value

How Much Peanut Butter and Jelly is Bad for a Dog?

Occasionally giving your dog a piece of your peanut butter and jelly sandwich is likely fine. However, feeding your dog an entire sandwich can cause health complications such as obesity and diabetes. If peanut butter contains xylitol, then even a small amount can be toxic.

What Makes Peanut Butter and Jelly Unsafe?

Peanut butter and jelly are processed foods with added sugar and salt for flavor. A dog’s diet should only consist of protein and good carbohydrates. These added peanut butter and jelly nutrients can harm a dog’s health and lead to diabetes or obesity. In the case of xylitol, it is extremely poisonous to dogs, and you should seek immediate medical assistance if your dog consumes it.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • A small piece of your sandwich can occasionally be given to your dog as a treat. However, ensure that the peanut butter does not contain xylitol.

  • Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is extremely toxic to dogs. Remember to read the label and do not purchase any peanut butter for your house containing xylitol.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.