For many years Peanut Butter has been used as a treat for dogs, on a spoon or in a chew toy – and they certainly seem to love it! Medication can also be cleverly disguised in a smear of Peanut Butter which can be necessary for particularly stubborn dogs.
Developments in the Peanut Butter world have included a sugar-free version, which uses a type of sweetener called “Xylitol”. It is important to note that Xylitol can be harmful and even fatal to dogs and should be avoided at all costs.
In dogs, Xylitol causes hypoglycaemia (or low blood sugar) which results in a loss of coordination, collapse and seizures – and this can happen within 30 minutes, ultimately leading to liver failure, and in extreme cases, death.
As dog owners we all take care to avoid making our dogs unwell, although we cannot always control the foods that they decide to eat on their own. It is worth noting some of the foods and other products that can contain Xylitol and ensuring that they are stored securely –
- Baking mixes that are sugar-free
- Lollies, chewing gum
- Jams, honey and sauces
- Protein bars and shakes
- Energy drinks
- Human toothpaste and mouthwash
- Human vitamins and medicines
- Some baby wipes
- Cosmetics and hair products
Be sure to check the ingredients of your peanut butter – and any other treats – and stop using any products that include this very harmful ingredient.