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What are Peanut Butter Allergies?

Peanut butter is a widely known and delicious spread that many people use and enjoy within their diet. It has been known by dog owners that dogs enjoy peanut butter as well. Many dog owners do not hesitate to give the dogs a taste of peanut butter as a treat or as an easy way for them to take any medications.

Peanut butter allergies occur in people quite often, as many are allergic to peanuts as well as other nuts. People with severe nut allergies often times must carry around an EpiPen if they were to ingest this nut in order to avoid anaphylactic shock.

Although peanut butter is a tasty treat and many dogs do love the taste, there are some dogs that may be allergic to peanut butter. Sadly, many dog owners find that out after giving them a spoonful, as many dogs begin to develop mild, moderate, and even severe allergies right away. Peanut butter allergies in dogs can be caused by dogs being allergic to the peanuts themselves or to ingredient, known as Xylitol, which is found in specific types of peanut butter.

Peanut butter allergies in dogs are the results of dogs being allergic to peanuts or having a reaction from an ingredient in the peanut butter, which is known as xylitol.

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Symptoms of Peanut Butter Allergies in Dogs

Symptoms of peanut butter allergies in dogs will vary; his symptoms may show up over time if he is fed peanut butter as a treat on a regular basis, or immediately, such as in the case of anaphylactic shock. Symptoms may include:

  • Red and itchy skin
  • Excessive licking of the skin
  • Bald spots
  • Hotspots
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Agitation

Types

There are two types of peanut butter allergies in dogs. The type of allergy that your dog may have depends on your dog’s immune system and tolerability of peanut butter and peanuts alone. The two types of peanut butter allergies are:

  • Atopic dermatitis, or skin allergies
  • Internal bodily reactions

The types of allergies your veterinarian may want to test in order to come to a definitive diagnosis of a peanut butter allergy include:

  • Plant allergy, such as pollen
  • Inhalant allergy, such as mold
  • Food allergy from another type of food ingredient
  • Dust allergy

Causes of Peanut Butter Allergies in Dogs

Causes of peanut butter allergies in dogs are from your dog ingesting peanut butter, either in small amounts regularly or a one-time amount. Specific causes of peanut butter allergy in dogs include:

  • The chemical known as histamine which fights the allergen
  • A hypersensitive immune system to the ingredients in peanut butter
  • Untreated histamine response to the peanut butter causing anaphylactic shock
  • An allergic reaction to Xylitol, an ingredient in specific types of peanut butter

Diagnosis of Peanut Butter Allergies in Dogs

If you suspect your dog is having an allergic reaction to a specific food, namely peanut butter, make an appointment with your veterinarian before it becomes too severe. If you are unsure that your dog is having a peanut butter allergy, your veterinarian may choose to perform specific types of tests in order to come to a definitive diagnosis.

For many types of allergy symptoms, veterinarians tend to wait on specific allergy testing, but if he knows that you are feeding him peanut butter from time to time for treats or in order for him to take any medications, he may want to go ahead and perform an allergy test since a peanut butter allergy can turn into a severe situation, such as in anaphylactic shock.

Your veterinarian may perform blood testing, urinalysis, and biochemistry profile to rule out any other underlying illnesses. He will also ask you a variety of questions about your dog’s diet, agents in which he comes into contact with on a regular basis, how often he has an allergic reaction, and any other questions that will help him come to a diagnosis.

Your veterinarian may choose to do a skin test on your dog to identify a specific allergen, or perform a type of allergy test on your dog which includes a tiny amount of a specific allergen, in this case peanut butter, to your dog’s skin. Your veterinarian may also choose to do blood testing to determine this type of allergy.

Treatment of Peanut Butter Allergies in Dogs

In terms of treatment, the only type of treatment that is effective is the avoidance of peanut butter altogether. This is the one thing that will help your dog recover from a peanut butter allergy. Temporary treatment methods may include:

Topical Creams

If your dog suffers from irritated or inflamed skin from the peanut butter allergy, your veterinarian may choose to apply an antihistamine or other healing, topical cream to your dog’s skin to allow it to heal. Once the peanut butter is removed from his diet, the skin condition  will clear up, so these topical medications will only be temporary.

Antihistamines

Your veterinarian may give you a prescription for an antihistamine for your dog if he is having difficulty breathing due to ingesting peanut butter. This type of treatment is solely symptomatic and depends on the severity of your dog’s ability to breathe. If your dog is suffering from anaphylactic shock, your veterinarian will immediately act on dispensing an antihistamine into your dog’s system and will need to keep him hospitalized until he recovers.

Recovery of Peanut Butter Allergies in Dogs

Once you have discovered that your dog is suffering from a peanut butter allergy, do not feed him peanut butter or peanuts in any form. Avoid all treats or foods that contain peanuts or peanut butter; your veterinarian may also recommend that you avoid nuts altogether.

If your veterinarian chose to perform specific allergy tests, he may have found that your dog is allergic to other items in addition to peanut butter. If this is the case, remove these items from your dog’s diet immediately.

Once your dog is home from the hospital, in the case of a severe peanut butter allergy, or home from the veterinarian’s office visit, be sure to follow your veterinarian’s instructions on how to care for your dog at home. He will also alert you to any other symptoms you need to watch out for, including any side effects from an antihistamine if this medication was given to your dog. If you have a prescription for an antihistamine or a topical ointment, be sure to follow the instructions carefully on how to administer the medication properly.

Peanut Butter Allergies Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Bailey
Pit bull
10 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Itchy

My 10 month old dog was having a itching problem and was treated for mites and fleas. She got better and is still taking antihistamines. I’ve been giving it to her with crunchy peanut butter but her itching is still going and is balding in certain spots. Is it possible that the peanut butter is causing the allergic reaction?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Peanut butter allergies are quite uncommon, especially in young dogs. If Bailey is still itchy and losing hair, it would be a good idea to have her rechecked by your veterinarian to make sure that she doesn't need further treatment. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Angel
pit bull terrier
5 Years
Serious condition
-1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Peanut butter

My dog has hives all over her she is a 5 yr put bull and I think it might be from peanut butter, it has been for 2 days now I have stopped the peanut butter, and started benadryl 50 mg every 8hrs but it is not work I g very well what else can is do ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
509 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. If Angel hasn't been seen by your veterinarian, it would be best to do so. Hives caused by peanut butter are uncommon in dogs, but bacterial, fungal or parasitic diseases are common. Without examining her, I can't comment on what might be happening, but your veterinarian will be able to examine her and give her appropriate therapy.

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Angel
pit bull terrier
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Reaction to peanut butter hives
Reaction to peanut butter hiv

It has been 2 days and she is not really getting better , she is still eating , drinking , and activities are in full geer , but hives are not going always she is breathing fine , but not now she she has a few on the inside of her lips what else can I do

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. From the details that you have given, I'm not sure if Angel is on any medication for her hives, or if she has been seen by your veterinarian? Allergies to peanut butter are uncommon in dogs, but reactions to other things like insect bites, vaccines, or medications are not uncommon. It would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian, have her assessed, and get appropriate treatment. I hope that she is okay.

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Tesla
Doberman Pinscher
6 Years
Moderate condition
2 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

licking
Scratching often.
scratching and chewing paws and legs
Itchy

Dog has been itching and scratching for 10 days. Hair has been completely scratched out in some places. No unusual scratching or hair loss before 10 days ago, when I gave her a big spoon of peanut butter for the first time. Could a pb reaction last this long? I tried a calming skin spray, a bath, and Benadryl. None helped much.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

The problem with reactions like these (it is most likely due to the peanut butter), is that the scratching will cause the skin to be more inflamed which will lead to more scratching which can be a vicious circle to break. It would be best to visit your Veterinarian to get some ointment or topical antibiotics (secondary infection of scratches can be serious). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you

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Sherman
Labrador Retriever
5
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Somtimes scaley back with scabs.
Red looks like a burn, some bumps

Medication Used

I have been using benydryl
I have been using medicated shampoo from vet

I just figured it out My dog has allergies to so much outdoor pollens and rag weed maple trees dust mites ect. We have been to the vet so many time costing tons of money. I give him peanut butter for his meds and do training with it or give as a treat. he gets terrible rashes, and it has been winter so no outdoor allergens. Except the dust mites which are everywhere. Do you think this is the cause of all his red rashes sometimes huge scabbing on his back from welts?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It is possible that Sherman has developed an allergy to peanut butter, the best way to test this theory is to stop giving him peanut butter for his meds and to literally place them at the back of his throat and and get them down this way; there are videos on youtube showing how to do this gently and efficiently. This way, the skin lesions should start to resolve if peanut butter is the cause; also, try to not have peanut butter in his environment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Stick the pill(s) in a small cube of boiled chicken breast. I doubt many dogs would turn that down - mine won't! I feel like shoving things down his throat will only traumatize him.

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