Peanut Butter and Dogs Itching, Scratching, Scooting, Food Allergies

Peanut Butter and Dogs? How Peanut Butter can Cause Food Allergies and Scratching, Itching and Scooting in Your Dog
By Susan Blake Davis, Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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.

Peanut butter contains mold which can fuel yeast growth in people and pets. Where do 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. Learn how diet changes and supplements can dramatically improve allergy symptoms.

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. If your dog has chronic skin and coat problems, itching, scratching, hair loss, scooting, then most likely it is due to the food you are feeding and poor digestion. 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.

Dogs with allergies need to eat a hypoallergenic diet—A list of potential foods to be avoided can be seen below.

Common Allergens in Pet Food:



Gluten (found in wheat, barley, spelt and other grains)

Milk Products

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!)

If you have questions about how to best help your pet, please email us at 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.