Can Dogs Be Allergic To Peanut Butter?
Peanut butter dog biscuit? Peanut butter to cover a pill? Peanut butter as a treat? Think again. Many people commonly give their dogs peanut butter because it is a food that they personally enjoy and want to share it with their beloved pet. There really is no upside to doing this and there can be significant downsides, especially if your dog has allergies. Yes, peanut butter is easy to work with for administering pills, but there are other healthier options such as putting your pet's medication in a little bit of canned food.
Many pet owners may not understand why their dog is constantly scratching, chewing, licking and tearing their fur out. If your dog is having these symptoms, then it is important to bring your dog to the veterinarian for an exam AND rule out fleas. But if fleas and parasites are not the culprit, than most often your dog's allergy symptoms are from food and environmental allergies and/or yeast overgrowth.
An allergy to peanuts is one of the most common food allergens in pets. In fact, there are several foods that pet owners might routinely give to their pets without realizing they are contributing to their dog or cat's discomfort.
Common Allergens in Pet Food:
Gluten (found in wheat, barley, spelt and other grains)
Casein (found in cheese)
Beef (problem for some dogs)
Chicken (problem for some cats and dogs)
Fish (cats can often be allergic)
Peanut Butter (big allergen for dogs!)
Peanut butter is also a legume that contains mold which can fuel yeast growth pets. Where do yeast problems typically show up on your pet? Ear and skin infections. Many clients report their pets have excessive scratching, itching, redness, allergic reactions, ear infections, hot spots, all from giving them just a small amount of peanut butter. Moreover, there are many pet owners whose pets already have chronic allergies and skin problems who carefully watch their diets using hypoallergenic foods and yet their pets continue to scratch and itch because they are coating the dog's pills with peanut butter to administer them. Their pets continue to have chronic yeast infections in the ears and scratch and itch. It only takes a small amount (e.g. a teaspoon) to result in a week-long allergic episode. If your dog is itching, scratching, biting on the paws, licking at the groin and/or rubbing his face into the carpet, chances are your dog may have a yeast overgrowth. K9 Yeast Defense and Power Probiotic will fight the candida overgrowth in the ears and digestive tract. As the balance of flora returns, the itching, odor and yeasty symptoms will subside. It is easy for a dog to get a yeast overgrowth as the use of steroids and antibiotics to treat the skin infections and allergy problems result in a vicious cycle leading to a weakened immune system.
Peanut butter is also very high in fat, and many times, contains sugar, again--neither is good for your dog's health. If you have been using peanut butter or peanut butter-flavored biscuits (wheat is also a potential allergen and should be avoided) in your pet's diet, discontinue and use lower fat, hypoallergenic fish-based dog treats, green vegetables, venison or rabbit freeze-dried food. Natural supplements that reduce allergy symptoms such as AllerEaze and Amazing Omegas can really help. These veterinarian-recommended products can give pets fast relief from itching, scratching, licking and other symptoms of allergies in dogs.
If your dog has allergy symptoms, there is so much more to allergy treatment than steroids and antibiotics. Avoiding food allergens, improving digestion and reducing yeast overgrowth can all help. Why is digestion of foods an issue with allergies? The majority of your dog's immune system is located in the intestinal tract. Learn how diet changes and supplements can dramatically improve your cat or dog's allergy symptoms.
Dogs with food allergies need to eat a hypoallergenic diet and avoid starchy carbohydrates such as legumes which are found in all dry foods and most dehydrated foods. Yeast and bacteria thrive on sugar so it's important to keep your dog's carbohydrates to a minimum. A raw frozen novel protein diet can help.
Hypoallergenic Dog Treats
We all want to spoil our pets so having hypoallergenic treats readily available will help prevent family members from giving pets table scraps that contain ingredients your dog could be allergic to. Avoid the common allergens listed above but ALSO look for low carbohydrate treats. Unfortunately most treats are made with the pet owner in mind and not the health of the pet. So you will see plenty of orange colored "carrot" treats and biscuits that look like human cookies. What are the ingredients? Gluten, sugars and articificial colors......these are not healthy treats for your dog and will continue the endless scratching, itching and ear infections.
Instead consider FREEZE dried healthy protein treats made with hypoallergenic ingredients. We recommend raw freeze dried treats made with novel proteins such as rabbit or venison. For administering pills, the best option is to use a little bit of canned high protein food such as canned venison or rabbit. For convenience there are Pill covering treats available but even the hypoallergenic varieties can contain sugars and proteins that contribute to allergy symptoms in dogs.
If you have questions about how to best help your pet, please email us at Support@AskAriel.com When you order any of our products, please be sure to include what you are feeding your pet as we will be glad to include a diet recommendation with your order.