Creamy or crunchy, peanut butter can be a nice treat for your pooch or a little incentive to get the medicine to go down. In most cases, and in moderation, a little peanut butter is fine. However, pet parents do need to avoid any peanut butter that contains xylitol, an artificial sweetener that can be lethal to dogs.

THE dangers of xylitol1

While xylitol is a good sugar substitute for humans, especially people with diabetes, it is deadly for dogs. If consumed by a dog, xylitol can cause:

Rapid drop in
blood sugar

Diarrhea

Seizures

Liver failure

Death

What to do in case of
xylitol ingestion?2

In 2014, ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center received more than 3,700 xylitol-related calls. If you believe your dog consumed a product containing xylitol:

  • Get your pup to your veterinarian or pet Emergency room as quickly as possible
  • Try rubbing corn syrup or maple syrup on their gums to temporarily raise blood sugar levels
  • Bring the package or suspect product with you to the veterinarian or Emergency room

Signs your dog may need emergency care3

If your dog displays any of the following symptoms, you need to seek emergency care:

  • Pale gums
  • Rapid breathing
  • Weak or rapid pulse
  • Unconsciousnes
  • Staggered walking
  • Trouble standing
  • Seizures
  • Change in body temperature

What else to watch out for?4

Be on the lookout for any ingredient containing the letters "xyl," a synonym for xylitol. These names include:

1,4-anhydro-d-xylitol

Xylite

Anhydroxylitol

D-xylitol

Xylitylglucoside

SIMPLE RECIPE OPTION FOR DOGS*

While your pooch may need to be careful when it comes to peanut butter, you can still give them a little homemade treat. It’s easy! Here’s how to make some fresh PB&Y[ogurt] Balls:

INGREDIENTS:

2 C flour
2 T peanut butter
12 oz. plain yogurt
(with no artificial sweetners)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Combine ingredients
  • Let set for five minutes
  • Form small balls and place in a muffin pan
  • Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes
  • Let cool before serving

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Sources
1 http://www.preventivevet.com/dogs/is-peanut-butter-safe-for-dogs
2 https://cvm.ncsu.edu/xylitol/
3 http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/emergency-care-your-pet
4 https://cvm.ncsu.edu/xylitol/

*Do not feed to dogs with dairy allergies