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Health Alert for Dogs: Xylitol Now Found In Some Peanut and Nut Butters!

August 14, 2015

An excerpt from an article by Katie James in DVM360 Magazine, Jul 2015

Recent Studies have shown that 14 to 17% of dogs suffer from separation anxiety and 30% of dogs are surrendered to animal control as a result of perceived behavior problems.

Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol sweetener low in glycemic index but also known to cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and liver necrosis in dogs. Nuts'n More, Krush Nutrition and P-28 Foods all make peanut butter and nut spreads containing this ingredient. For those owners who give medication hidden in peanut butter or put peanut butter in treat toys, please make sure they do not contain Xylitol. Some people think that Xylitol is an artificial sweetener. It's not! It doesn't matter whether the packaging says, "sweetened naturally" or that it contains "natural sweetener". It's also found in small quantities in fruits and vegetables. Also if the label lists as an ingredient, sugar alcohol, without specifying which one, do not use it! Since Xylitol and other sugar alcohols are not technically sugar, they may also be in products labeled "sugar free" or "no sugar added".

So remember, no XYLITOL for dogs!