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Dangerous Peanut Butter Ingredient Puts Dogs at Risk

dog eating peanut butter blogWe all know how much dogs love the taste of peanut butter, which is why many pet parents use it as a tasty treat or even to hide their dog’s medication in. What many pet owners don’t know is that some peanut butters contain a dangerous ingredient, xylitol, which can have serious health consequences for dogs.

Xylitol is sugar substitute used in many human foods like sugar-free candy, gum, and peanut butter. While not used in all nut butter brands, it’s important for owners to check the ingredients list before spooning some out for their canine companion. Symptoms of xylitol toxicity in dogs include disorientation, weakness, and seizures. If you suspect your dog has ingested a food containing xylitol, immediately seek veterinary care. Ingestion of as little as .1 gram of xylitol per kilogram of body weight can be deadly for dogs.

Always discuss any questions or concerns about ingredient safety with your dog’s veterinarian. If you’re looking for a safe way to administer your dog’s medication, Pill Pockets are a tasty and reliable option.

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{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Ed Slauson July 8, 2015, 2:27 pm

    Thank you for the info on peanut butter!

  • Suzanne July 8, 2015, 7:24 pm

    I live your articles I have a diabetic dog and it’s a hard job but we do good what is good for ear infections

  • Lee July 9, 2015, 9:25 am

    If you use “all natural” peanut butter such as Adams or Laura Scudders
    Which is only peanuts and salt, plus they have unsalted varieties you wont have to worry!

  • S Carol March 3, 2016, 9:03 am

    As Lee so brilliantly stated, only put natural PB in your own body and in your pets diet. Peanut butter should only contain 1 or 2 ingredients: peanuts and/or salt, nothing else. And please stay away from Aspartame!!!!! It turns into formaldehyde at our bodies temperature. It mimics the symptoms of MS and is toxic and deadly for humans. Read labels carefully. Monsanto, maker of Aspartame, is systematically killing Americans right and left and we are so gullible. Finally we are seeing signs and labels touting “No Aspartame”. Too little, too late.Btw xylitol gives me the “downflows” and headaches, as does Aspartame. Beware!!!

    • VetDepot March 3, 2016, 12:08 pm

      YES. As the son of a mother with an intense diet coke addiction, I have repeatedly told her to kick that stuff because of the aspartame. Recently, I have been horrified to learn that the water flavoring I love also contains aspartame. UGHHH it’s EVERYWHERE!

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