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Xylitol and Your Pet    

Xylitol, a sugar alcohol which is used as a sugar substitute in many human foods may be harmless to most humans but for dogs, xylitol is poisoning.  Xylitol can cause a rapid and massive insulin release in dogs.  Pets with xylitol poisoning will show signs of weakness, staggering and vomiting.  If your pet is not treated promptly, liver failure or unconsciousness can occur.

Foods Containing Xylitol

Some brands of peanut butter contain xylitol.  Below is a list of peanut butter brands that contain xylitol:
GO NUTS, CO
NUTS N’ MORE
P28 FOODS
PROTEIN PLUS PB
XYLITOL IS NOT JUST IN PEANUT BUTTER!!!

Xylitol is also found in….

  • CHEWING GUM
  • PEANUT BUTTER
  • BREATH MINTS
  • MOUTHWASH
  • CANDIES
  • TOOTHPASTE
  • TOOTH WHITENERS
  • CHEWABLE VITAMINS
  • BAKED GOODS
  • PUDDING
  • JELLO
  • GELATIN
  • ORBIT
  • TRIDENT
  • HANK’S PROTEIN PLUS
  • XYLIMAX
  • XYLISHIELD
  • SPRY MINTS
  • SPRY CHEWING GUM
  • XLEAR NASAL SPRAY
  • NICORETTE GUM
  • XYLICHEW GUM
  • ICEBREAKERS
  • RICOCHET

Symptoms of xylitol poisoning develop rapidly, usually within 15-30 minutes of consumption. Signs of hypoglycemia may include any or all of the following:
VOMITING
WEAKNESS
LACK OF COORDINATION
DIFFICULTY WALKING/STANDING
DEPRESSION OR LETHARGY
TREMORS
SEIZURES
COMA