My Dog Drank Peanut Oil What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Julie •  Updated: 12/25/21 •  3 min read
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Many people love to use peanut oil in turkey friers or make other yummy food. The smell is heavenly if you love peanuts! But what happens if a dog drinks peanut oil? Can the peanut oil make a dog sick?

Has your dog drunk peanut oil? Are you worried the peanut oil will make your dog sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog drinks something like this.

We’ve put together some information on peanut oil and whether it can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!

What is Peanut Oil?

Peanut oil, sometimes referred to as groundnut oil, is an oil used by many people around the world. The oil is made from the edible seeds of the peanut plant. The edible seeds are what we commonly call “peanuts.” The nuts grow underground and belong to the pean and bean family (who knew!).

The oil derived from peanuts can be made with different flavors and processed in different ways. Peanut oil is extremely popular in Asian cuisine, though it’s also used to fry turkeys and other meats.

What happens if a dog drinks peanut oil? Will the peanut oil make the dog sick?

Peanut Oil & Dogs

The good news is that peanuts are not toxic to dogs. However, they do contain a lot of fat, which may cause a dog to develop pancreatitis. While the oil is not poisonous, it can cause a dog to become sick. The dog could develop pancreatitis and other conditions.

Pancreatitis is a very serious condition that causes the pancreas to become inflamed. When this happens, the organ begins to leak enzymes, leading to severe inflammation and damage to the body. Again, this is a severe condition that can even cause death if left untreated.

Symptoms of Pancreatitis in Dogs

You may notice these symptoms if your dog has drunk peanut oil:

Pancreatitis can cause severe pain, which may cause a dog to look as if they’re in a praying position (with their rear in the air, with his front legs and head lowered to the floor). In a severe attack, the dog may go into acute shock, severe depression, which is followed by death.

So, if your dog is showing any of these symptoms, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.

Explain to the vet that your dog has drunk peanut oil and what time this happened. In addition, provide the vet with any other information about this situation. Anything you share could help the vet determine how best to help your dog.

The key here is to get your dog to the vet ASAP. The sooner your dog receives treatment, the better. The prognosis is best for dogs who are quickly treated for this very painful condition.

So, remember, prevention is the best medicine! Be sure to keep your dog away from peanut or other types of oil. If you use a turkey fryer, make sure to keep it in an area where your dog can’t go. His life may depend on it!

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Julie

Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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