Peanut butter is a standby for many dog fanciers. Peanut butter is used to create tasty training treats – both homemade and purchased. It is a favorite for hiding pills to a dog who is clever about avoiding medications. Peanut butter is a classic for stuffing into hard rubber toys like Kongs to keep puppies and active dogs quiet for a bit. Many peanut butters are still safe but some brands have now added a sweetener that is very toxic to dogs.
Xylitol is a sweetener that has become a popular addition to many gums, snack foods and human dental products. Unfortunately in dogs it causes a rapid drop in blood sugar (which can be fatal) and possibly liver failure or coagulation problems. None of that is good news, especially as dogs are often attracted to those items. Before you share a piece of cookie or other human snack treat with your dog, you need to check the label carefully.
Now, the sad news is that some brands of peanut butter are also adding xylitol as a sweetener. Preventivevet.com released a list of five current nut butters that have xylitol added. These are Go Nuts, Co; Hank’s Protein Plus Peanut Butter, Krush Nutrition, Nuts N More and P28. These companies have been approached to notify them of the danger to dogs and suggest alternatives or at least warnings on the labels.
Many dogs love peanut butter and it is a great way to get pills into your dog or provide licking/chewing activity while you get some work done. Right now, your best options are to read labels carefully on peanut butter your buy for your family, buy only pure peanut butter with no additives or consider buying a dog designed nut butter. Checking labels, Jif Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter had no xylitol though it did have added sugar (which most dogs really don’t need!). That would be a safe choice for your dog.
An alternative would be DOGSBUTTER from DOGforDOG.com. The company makes three versions of DOGSBUTTER.One is plain, one is formulated for skin and coat problems and one is formulated for immunity and digestion. All of them are dog oriented and xylitol free. No sugar is added to any of these products. This is company worth supporting as it is a “Made in the USA” company. The company philosophy also dictates that for each product you purchase, they will donate an equal product to dogs in need. Products can be purchased directly online or you can use their finder to locate a store near you.
If your dogs have a big peanut butter habit, don’t despair. Just check labels carefully and consider purchasing a truly “dog friendly” version!