Peanut Butter is a staple ingredient in so many popular dog treats that it’s hard to think of it as anything other than safe. But there’s a new sweetener in town, it’s gaining gaining in popularity, and it’s toxic to dogs.
According to Dr. Jason Nicholas, of PreventativeVet.com, a sugar substitute called xylitol is making its way into the human food chain. It’s a popular ingredient for human foods, because it is less harmful to human teeth than sugar, and works well as a sweetener for people suffering from diabetes. It’s already in use by the company Nuts-n-more.com, who market a full line of various nut butters.
But what works for us, doesn’t work for dogs. Dr. Nicholas notes that as little as a half gram of xylitol per kg of body weight can be fatal, causing hypoglycemia and liver destruction.
And, in case you are curious, yes, at Saintlees we do use peanut butter in our treats. We make it from freshly ground, dry-roasted peanuts, with no added salt, oils, preservatives, chemicals or sugar.
Our huge thanks to the folks at PreventativeVet.com for sharing this information! Click here to read Dr. Nicholas’ full article.