Peanut Butter for Your Dog - Read the Label

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Peanut Butter for Your Dog - Read the Label

Postby Doc E » Tue Sep 08, 2015 8:00 am

A lot of people give their dogs peanut butter, but some contain Zylitol. READ THE LABEL ! !

Xylitol, a sugar substitute toxic to dogs, is being used in peanut and other nut butter brands typically marketed in health-food stores, posing a risk to pets that may be fed the products by their unsuspecting owners.

At least five companies add xylitol to peanut butters. The brand names are Go Nuts, Hank's Protein Plus Peanut Butter, Krush Nutrition, Nuts 'n More and P28.

A naturally occurring alcohol in plants, xylitol is safe for people but not dogs because of differences in metabolism. Depending on the dose, dogs that consume xylitol may develop a range of ills, from mild hypoglycemia to liver failure, which can be fatal.

Peanut butter is a common treat for dogs, and often used to make pills palatable. Xylitol’s appearance in peanut butters raises concern among veterinarians, especially those in emergency medicine and toxicology.

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