Sunday, November 15, 2015

Dogs Love Peanut Butter, But........

Dogs and peanut butter seem like a match made in heaven.  They love the taste of it and we love to watch them eat it.  It makes for a great treat and is a godsend when it comes to masking certin medications.  However, there are several stories floating around social media and other websites about the use of "xylitol" in certain brands.  Xylitol is a sweetner that is used in sugar-free gums and supposedly harmless to humans. Now we learn that Xylitol can be deadly (in the form of liver failure) to dogs.

 Sara Sandrik of ABC30 in Fresno recently did a story with  Dr. Leah Hill, owner of the Animal Medical Center in Merced. It's well worth a watch.  Click to the story here.  

According to the website Preventive Vet, there are five companies presently known to manufacture peanut butter with Xylitol. "These are the five companies (in alphabetical order): (1) Go Nuts, Co., (2) Hank's Protein Plus Peanut Butter, (3) Krush Nutrition, (4) Nuts 'N More, and (5) P28. While these are "specialty butters" that are mostly sold in nutrition stores and online (currently), the subtle presence of xylitol in these butters definitely highlights the importance of reading ingredient labels on products you bring into your home, and especially doing so prior to sharing anything with your pets and if your pets ever get into anything they shouldn't have."  Read the rest of Preventive Vet's story here.  

Bottom line, if you love your dog like we love ours. Make sure you read the label before giving Fido that treat or use peanut butter to mask medication.  Their life may depend on it.

 Til next time.........................

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