In this post, we discuss a warning about not to give your dog peanut butter containing the sugar substitute Xylitol. It can be very dangerous!
We’ve been asked a lot lately if it is still safe to give your dog xylitol.
There have been stories and images being shared a lot recently on Facebook and social media about how certain kinds of peanut butter can be extremely dangerous to your dog.
This warning caught some people by surprise because they’ve been giving their dog peanut butter as a treat for years and their dog loves it.
Dogs do love peanut butter! It can be a great treat for your furry friend.
However, the warnings are true. Certain types of peanut butter can be dangerous!
Xylitol dangerous for dogs
The first time some people heard that some peanut butter could be dangerous for dogs, it seemed like a crazy rumor.
It was so hard to believe that fact-checking website Snopes even did an article about the story, proclaiming: Xylitol, a sugar substitute used in sugar-free gum and other products, can be harmful to dogs to be TRUE.
Their article discussed how in April 2015 a Wisconsin family’s 2-year-old golden retriever had died of severe liver damage after consuming gum containing the sweetener Xylitol while the family wasn’t home.
This is just one of many tragic stories about dogs eating food with Xylitol in it.
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What is xylitol?
Xylitol is a common artificial sugar substitute sweetener that is in hundreds of products, especially “sugar-free” products.
It can be found in some brands of peanut butter. Xylitol is fine for people, but it’s extremely poisonous to dogs and unfortunately poisons thousands of dogs each year.
Brands of peanut butter that contain xylitol
AVOID THESE BRANDS OF PEANUT BUTTER!
- Go Nuts, Co.
- Krush Nutrition
- Nuts ‘N More
- No Cow (previously called D’s Naturals)
Read labels and ingredient lists carefully!
DO NOT assume that “all natural” or “no artificial sweeteners” on the label means that it is safe for your dog. Xylitol is technically considered by the FDA to be an “all natural” sweetener.
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Brands of peanut butter that are safe for dogs
- Peanut Butter & Co (Old Fashioned Smooth)
- Jif Natural
- Brad’s Naturals
- Once Again
These brands are safe as of April 2019. Please check the label to make sure the ingredients have not changed.
*In this post we attempt to list safe and unsafe peanut butter brands for dogs. Ingredients may change over time. We cannot be responsible for the health and safety of your pet and keeping this information up to date in real time.