Xylitol is more dangerous than chocolate, yet less well known about.
Dr. Jason Nicholas of the Preventive Vet created a great infographic showing how much more chocolate than xylitol-containing sugar-free gum it takes to likely kill a dog
Xylitol poisoning cases are on the rise because xylitol is making its way into more and more products. The latest addition to the xylitol-containing products are certain brands of peanut butter.
Even fish oil supplements made for people can contain xylitol.
Pretty soon the question isn’t going to be what products do contain xylitol, but rather a search for the few that don’t.
I remember my shock when we bought melatonin for Jasmine and found that it also had xylitol in it. Yes, many medications and supplements are now artificially sweetened too.
Why would anybody need their fish oil pill to taste sweet beats me. In the old days, medications tasted horribly. They were supposed to taste horribly. Somehow it added to the feeling that they are really helping. And nobody was taking medication unless they were really sick. What was wrong with that?
We all knew about the chewing gum. At least I hope we all do.
But you can find xylitol in toothpaste, breath fresheners, dental floss, mints, mouth sprays, and washes … xylitol also apparently has some plaque-fighting action and it is included even in some pet dental products.
And just when you thought you couldn’t be shocked anymore, you find out that xylitol can also be found in baby wipes, baby diapers, nose & face wipes, mints, sunscreen, chapsticks, and make-up products.
It’s the xylitol apocalypse for our dogs.
Read the labels and keep your dogs safe.
What Happens In The Dog’s Body: Xylitol Poisoning