Don’t Feed This Type Of Peanut Butter To Your Dog
Be sure to read the label: some peanut butters contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs!
Peanut butter and dogs—a natural fit, right? Most dogs love it and it’s ideal for stuffing in hollow toys or for disguising pills. But increasingly, xylitol, a sugar substitute used in gum, yogurt, candy, and more, is being used in some peanut butters and nut butters. Though safe for humans, xylitol is extremely toxic for dogs and can be life-threatening.
“If you feed your dog pills coated in peanut butter, or put peanut butter in their hollow chew toys, make sure to check the list of ingredients first to make sure it doesn’t contain xylitol,” said Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian at the FDA.
Dogs who have ingested xylitol require immediate treatment. Xylitol poisoning can cause seizures, liver failure and possibly death. Anyone who suspects their dog may have ingested xylitol should contact their veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline immediately. Symptoms manifest quickly and include vomiting, muscle weakness, tremors, and difficulty walking.
These Peanut Butter Brands Are NOT Safe for Dogs
Peanut butter brands that contain xylitol include Go Nuts, Co., Krush Nutrition, Nuts ‘N More, P28 Foods, and No Cow (formerly D’s Naturals). Peanut butter that doesn’t contain xylitol is absolutely safe for dogs and a healthy treat—just be sure to read the label! Peanut butters that contain added sugars and palm oil (key culprit in the destruction of orangutan habitats!) may be technically safe for dogs but are not ideal. Stick to natural peanut butters that contain just peanuts. Better for you and better for your dog!