We 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.