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Did You Know Peanut Butter Can Be Toxic for Your Dog?

Updated: Jun 17, 2019

Most peanut butter is completely safe for your dog, but there are brands that add an ingredient called Xylitol that is safe for human consumption but is toxic to dogs. It is important for dog owners to be diligent about making sure that the peanut butter they are feeding their furry friends don't contain this toxic ingredient.



What is Xylitol?

Xylitol has become increasingly popular as a sugar substitute. It is a naturally occurring substance that is found in berries, plums, corn, oats, mushrooms, lettuce, trees, and some other fruits. Commercially, it is extracted from different types of trees, corn fiber, and other vegetable materials and made into a white powder that looks similar to real sugar.


Why is Xylitol Dangerous For Dogs?

Xylitol is so dangerous for dogs because, unlike humans, Xylitol is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, resulting in a potent release of insulin from the pancreas.  This rapid release of insulin causes a rapid decrease in blood sugar levels, otherwise known as hypoglycemia. If not treated promptly, it can be deadly.


What other types of products contain Xylitol?

There are many products on the market that include Xylitol. Some examples are: sugar-free gum, candies, breath mints, baked goods, pudding snacks, cough syrup, children's chewable or gummy vitamins and supplements, mouthwash, and toothpaste. Xylitol is also showing up in over-the-counter nasal sprays, laxatives, digestive aids, allergy medicines, and prescription human medications, especially those formulated as disintegrating drug tablets (sleep aids, pain relievers, antipsychotics, etc.) or liquids.


Signs of Xylitol Consumption?

Dogs will usually start to show the effects of Xylitol consumption within 15-30 minutes. Symptoms may include vomiting, difficulty walking, muscle weakness, and muscle tremors. If your dog is staggering and walking like they're drunk, quick intervention is imperative.


What Should You Do If You Suspect Your Dog Has Eaten A Xylitol?

If you suspect that your dog may have ingested something with Xylitol, get them the help they need, Fast!!! Time is of the essence.


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