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This is quite alarming. Thanks for raising awareness!
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It's in a lot of peanut butter, evidently.


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It's in a lot of peanut butter, evidently.
Yes... Specifically in artificially sweetened peanut butter. Best to stick with organic PB. The ingredients listed on the jar should read simply "Peanuts". A lot of better grocery stores now have nut grinders. Pour in your peanuts or whatever, turn it on and Voila! Fresh peanut butter.

What would the world be like if we could not feed our dogs peanut butter........

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I had some good friends in Phx that lost their young healthy pet some three years ago.
The final diagnosis was that it was due to Xylitol. That seemed unbelievable to me at the time. In fact, I questioned it. More and more info is coming out since then.

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Yes... Specifically in artificially sweetened peanut butter. Best to stick with organic PB. The ingredients listed on the jar should read simply "Peanuts". A lot of better grocery stores now have nut grinders. Pour in your peanuts or whatever, turn it on and Voila! Fresh peanut butter.

What would the world be like if we could not feed our dogs peanut butter........

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The generic PB I buy has two ingredients.... peanuts and salt. No in store nut grinders around here.
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A dog's body basically treats xylitol like ULTRA MEGA SUGAR! This causes the pancreas to freak out and send out loads of insulin which crashes the dog's blood sugar and causes it to become hypoglycemic, so can lead to seizures and going into a coma. Can also cause liver damage - nasty stuff!

I never knew sweetened peanut butter was a thing until I started seeing people sharing photos about how PB can be toxic to dogs - went and had a look at the supermarket and couldn't find a single sweetened PB here! There is a shop that stocks American food which has PB which has sweeteners in it though - why do y'all want sugary PB?

Any sweet food could potentially have xylitol added, and a few other things you may not suspect like toothpastes and other oral care stuff (gum!), sauces, drink powders and even some beauty products.


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Xylitol is certainly nasty stuff for dogs and I'm very careful to not have the stuff around the house. The other food that I'm careful with is grapes/raisins. Even small amounts can be fatally toxic to dogs so I generally tend to not buy them.
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While we are at it add onions to your "do not feed list. Highly toxic to dogs and cats:

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It's in a lot of peanut butter, evidently.
It's in a whole lot of things you wouldn't expect. I had the unnerving experience of picking up a new bottle of melatonin (for my fawn dog who has gotten 3 mg BID since he was six months old)--figured that although there aren't any really good studies that prove absolutely that it's a specific for CDA (prevention of or ameleoration of) in dilute dogs, it was cheap and maybe that's why the fawn at 10+ still has most of his coat. I'd been buying a particular brand for all these years from Costco and discovered they had a new brand that was a 5 mg tablet--and since I figured it was no big deal bought a bottle and went home with it.

When I opened the bottle I also read the ingredients--NOOOOOOOOOOO! Found xylitol listed. I gave that bottle to a friend who takes it (I don't--no trouble sleeping--don't need it). Picked up a bottle elsewhere of the original stuff I'd been giving for years (checked the label to make sure they hadn't added xylitol) and complained to Costco the next time I was in there about the new brand.

Amazingly enough the next time I was in that Costco they had two types of melatonin--the old brand without xylitol and the new brand with. Guess Costco actually does listen to their customer as I asked the pharmacy about it when I picked up some prescription meds for one of the dogs a few weeks later--they said just in their store it turned out they had gotten a number of complaints from other people who used it on dogs.

I'm a lot more careful about checking labels on OTC stuff these days.

And the only kind of peanut butter I buy is the "peanuts only" one--and the dogs don't get any of it--I make their treats or they have to make do with bits of celery, tomato and lettuce.

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