Peanut Butter and Xylitol
Preventivevet.com has posted a very good warning to pet owners regarding dangerous xylitol in some peanut butter.
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener common to many sugar free gums and candies. And xylitol is very dangerous – even deadly – to dogs. Some brands of peanut butter are now adding the ingredient xylitol.
- Ingestion of as little as 0.1 gram (g) of xylitol per kilogram (kg) of body weight (0.1 g/kg) can cause a rapid and dangerous drop in a dog’s blood sugar (a condition called “hypoglycemia”). Hypoglycemia can show as staggering, appearing disoriented, collapse, weakness, and seizures.
- Just slightly more than that, approx. 0.5 g/kg xylitol ingestion, can lead to debilitating, and sadly often deadly, destruction of a dog’s liver cells.
Please check the label of any peanut butter provided to your dog for the ingredient xylitol. If that ingredient is present – do not give to your dog.
For cats – current thinking is that xylitol is not toxic to cats. From Catster.com, veterinarian Dr. Eric Barchas asked ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center about cats and xylitol. There response: “She advised me that recent information has revealed that xylitol is not known to be toxic to cats. They do not develop low blood sugar, nor do they develop liver failure. Prior to this the presumption was made, based upon extrapolation from dogs, that cats would suffer similar effects. Due to the fact that cats don’t frequently expose themselves to xylitol, it apparently took quite a while for all of the information to come out.” That said, it still might be better to side with caution and avoid all peanut butter with xylitol for cats and dogs.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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